Why screen for SpLDs?

Screening is a good way to find out whether there are grounds for further investigation. It may take the form of a checklist or short computer program.

Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern offers a range of checklists for different ages and for particular SpLDs.


For children with dyslexia, read through Child checklist and consider how many items relate to your child. For a secondary-age child, look back over earlier indicators as well as the ‘12 and over’ section. Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern also has a Pre-school checklist of dyslexic indicators.

If you wish to find out about Dyspraxia look at the website of the Dyspraxia Foundation.

If the issue is Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder see the ADDISS website.

Concerns should be raised with the school class teacher or Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).


Students are advised to work through Student checklist and approach Student Services if they have concerns.


Separate checklists are available for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder.

Offender contexts

If you work in an area such as a prison where assessment options and support may be patchy, Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern offers a short checklist which flags up SpLD indicators without referring to Dyslexia: SpLD discrete checklist. This will enable you to see if there are SpLD-type problems.

What next?

If many of the indicators relate to you, you should consider having an Assessment.

It is also worth checking for Visual stress.