Dyspraxia

General and condition-specific support is available to you during your time here if you’re a student affected by dyspraxia.

There's a great range of support available for you, and we can help to ensure you are able to access all the relevant and appropriate sources of assistance.

What is dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia, sometimes known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), is a type of specific learning difficulty (SpLD). It results in poor coordination of movement, often affecting speech, perception and thought.

How might your university life be affected?

Your experience of dyspraxia may be different and at a different level from other students affected by it. You might also find that you have strengths in some areas of university life and struggles with other aspects.

Strengths

You may have the following strengths: 

  • creative and original thinking
  • strong problem-solving skills
  • strategic thinking
  • determination.

Struggles

You may experience difficulties with the following:

  • Gross-motor coordination: sports or physical activities may be challenging.
  • Fine-motor coordination: activities requiring fine, precision movements, such as handwriting, may be difficult.
  • Clumsiness due to coordination difficulties.
  • Spatial and perceptual awareness.
  • Concentration: easily distracted and find it hard to do more than one thing at once.
  • Speech and language: very quick and loud speech, difficulties with pronunciation, stuttering.
  • Organisation: difficulty remembering appointments, working to deadlines, selecting items needed to pack in a bag.
  • Short-term memory and sequencing: difficulty remembering verbal instructions and with note-taking, may frequently lose things.
  • Social aspects: maintaining relationships with peers, working in groups and experiencing low self-esteem may be challenging.
  • Sleep.

What condition-specific support is available?

In addition to general equipment and support services available to all University of Leeds students affected by a disability or impairment, you can also get dyspraxia-specific help, some of which is free and some of which requires you to apply for additional funding.

Free support

Free support includes: 

  • transition support to help you make the change from school to university.
  • term-time guidance appointments with a disability coordinator.

Additionally funded support

Additional support includes:

  • weekly study strategy support sessions with an experienced tutor
  • personalised specialist mentoring to help you stay on track with academic work, organise your studies and help you settle into life at the University
  • the opportunity to attend relevant workshops
  • allowance for photocopying, printing, computing and recording items
  • contributions towards the cost of catered accommodation if you're unable to cook for yourself
  • allowance for travel costs if you don’t live on campus and are unable to travel on public transport.

How can you get all the help you need?

You can:

Psychological assessments for dyspraxia

To access some of the services you'll need to provide a copy of a post-16 diagnosis usually prepared by an Educational Psychologist or other appropriately qualified professional. If you've been advised to obtain a new psychological assessment for dyspraxia, you'll have to make this appointment with non-University providers. If you've had a diagnostic assessment before you may want to contact the person who assessed you and see if they can undertake a further assessment or update the one you already have.

If you require an updated diagnostic/Psychologists assessment, you may be eligible to some financial assistance to reclaim all or part of the cost (to a maximum of £280) from the University. To find out more please contact DSAS who will be able to discuss your circumstances with you and make a referral to the Student Funding team.

The Educational Guidance Service, which is Yorkshire based, can undertake full psychological assessments for dyspraxia.

If you're enquiring with other providers ensure they are:

  • a chartered psychologist or have an SpLD practising certificate
  • aware of the DfES/SpLD Working Party 2005 Guidelines.

Dyspraxia screening - QuickScan

If you think you may be dyspraxic or dyslexic then QuickScan, which is available on University PCs, can detect indicators. QuickScan is a screening tool and does not offer a diagnosis. If indicators are present then you'll need to have further diagnostic tests. 

To access QuickScan on a University PC, log in and go to:

  • start
  • programs
  • accessibility folder
  • QuickScan.

A full learning styles report will be generated when the test is complete. Before you log out of the software, you must:

  • make a note of the report code
  • print the document so you have a record of the results and any instructions to follow up
  • save the file.
You can talk to a member of the Disability team for advice about taking QuickScan or to discuss your report.