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Dyslexia+ Student

Personal profiling

£25

Welcome to Dyslexia+ Student – Evidence-based dyslexia screening for students who think they may have dyslexia.

At Do-IT we know that people with dyslexia can have challenges across other areas e.g. concentration, coordination, organisation and social interaction. That’s why our tool doesn’t just focus solely on dyslexia, we look at the ‘whole person’.

Everyone is different. Dyslexia+ Student Profiler finds out about your unique profile, and provides instant personalised guidance in the context of college and university to help you minimise your challenges and maximise your strengths.

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About the Profiler

Below you will find more information about the Dyslexia+ Student Profiler, and what is included in the reports.

Who is Dyslexia+Student Profiler for?

The Dyslexia+ Student Screener is designed for students at college or university who may be dyslexic.

Many adults find coping strategies in school to help overcome some of their literacy difficulties, but when moving from school to college or university new challenges can arise. These can be relating to study skills, and for some may impact on mental wellbeing.

Recognising that each person has a unique profile and some people may have other neurodiverse traits it also looks at strengths and challenges in the other areas of learning, and provides personalised advice and guidance in this setting.

So why should I use this?

This Profiler is a screener, but offers much of the same information, advice and guidance as a full assessment, but at a significantly reduced cost (plus no delays and no travel!).

Of course, only with a full in person assessment can you have a formal diagnosis that you may need to access funding. But Dyslexia+ Student may help you in the decision-making process as well as help those supporting you understand the best support that may work for you.

What is included?

It provides you with a picture of your strengths and areas of challenge, and practical guidance and links to resources.

What can I use the report for?

Although primarily aimed at practical and personalised support, you can also share the report with others, such as your tutor if you are an apprentice, in college, or at university.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Dyslexia+ Student Profiler.

What is dyslexia?

There is plenty of confusion as to what is dyslexia. But really it is very simple:

Dyslexia is a difficulty in the acquisition of fluent and accurate reading, writing and spelling skills.

That really is all there is to it. However, it would be wrong to just leave it there. So let us try to understand it a little better. Firstly, the definition says it is about the acquisition, not if you are a good speller now. So if you had problems as a child compared to others in the class, but do not have them now, that probably means that you have learned to cope with the difficulties, possibly through specialist teaching, assistive technology, strategies to overcome difficulties or avoidance difficulties.

Dyslexia is lifelong, but the difficulties may be hidden.

However, there is not a dyslexia gene (despite what you may read!), or even a “reading gene”.

Literacy requires many different processes to work together in harmony to help the development of fluent and accurate literacy. There are genes that can impact upon those cognitive skills necessary for literacy skills. And these underlying cognitive skills are not exclusive to reading and writing and can have a significant impact upon other areas.

Hence we can often find common traits in dyslexic individuals which whilst they are not literacy-related, they can still be an indicator of dyslexia.

By understanding what could be the underlying cause(s), we can start to build a support strategy, remembering that every dyslexic is different. Thus two individuals may appear to have the same spelling difficulties, but one may be caused by poor phonological (sound-based) skills and the other may be due to memory issues.

Furthermore, we can improve those phonological skills with appropriate teaching, but we cannot improve memory (despite what you may read!). However, if you know that memory is an issue, then you can identify where memory causes problems in daily routines, and develop strategies to overcome those limitations.

(FACT: Did you know that Sir Richard Branson is very dyslexic because of his memory issues. So he always carries a large (so he cannot lose it) notebook with him, which is uses in all business meetings and court cases!)

Will it say if i’m dyslexic?

A formal diagnosis of Dyslexia is usually only provided by an appropriately qualified assessment specialist such as an educational psychologist. However, the report will confirm your areas of strengths and weaknesses, and will tell you if your profile is consistent with someone with dyslexia.

How long will it take?

In Dyslexia+ Student Profiler you need to complete all the modules in the main folder. This should take you about an hour or so depending on how fast you answer. But don’t worry, you do not have to do it all in one go. You can do it in several sessions . But please note that you can only do each test once. If you have to stop half-way through a test, you also have the option to continue where you left off.

Is there a time limit for access?

The assessments can only be completed once, but you don’t have to complete them all in one session. You can also access your report for up to two years after you have taken the modules.

Will I have to read a lot?

The Dyslexia+ Student Profiler Report is like a “Personalised Support Manual”. It has lots of information but we have tried to make it as dyslexia-friendly as possible, with information available in different formats. You may want to dip into the report and set some goals for yourself, and then review it when you need to. To make life easier, we also have shortened url’s (links to websites) so you don’t have to retype the whole link.

What device do I need?

The system works through your browser and should work on Windows, Apple and Android devices. To be dyslexia-friendly, the tests have sound files. You need reasonably fast internet speed to avoid frustration waiting for downloads. We do not advise you using it on a mobile phone.

Research & Development

There has been a lot of research into dyslexia for more than 100 years. Some of it is excellent, and some of it is dubious. It is complicated and it is widely misunderstood. Hopefully, from working in the field as both researchers and practitioners for more than 20 years, we understand the challenges of the researchers and, more importantly, the dyslexic individual themselves.

That research has involved the cognitive assessments and the self-assessment questions that are used in this screening tool. Based on research from more than 18,000 individuals, and using a continuous integration process (i.e. we are never happy unless we can make evidence-based improvements), the tool has reliability measures (alpha) in the category of Excellent, and has been repeatedly recommended in diverse context as the tool of choice by professional and end users looking for a well-developed tool that will guide further work, including a possible full (human) assessment.

Below are a few papers that may be of interest to you. They are chosen to show the types of questions we like to ask, and the challenges that we raise within a research environment, all of which help inform the development of our evidence-based Profilers.

Smythe I (2015) Composite scores: Do categories and dimensions offer real support? British Psychological Society.

Smythe I (2015) What makes a good concept definition for disabilities? A case study of executive function. British Psychological Society.

Smythe I (2014) The difficulties of finding appropriate norms for assessing adults for dyslexia. Assessment and Measurement. British Psychological Society.

Smythe I (2014) Inconsistencies in Dyslexia Assessment. Assessment and Measurement. British Psychological Society.

Terms and Conditions

These Terms of Use (“Terms”) are a legal agreement between you (“the User” or “you”) and Do-IT Solutions Limited of Ty Derw Lime Tree Court, Cardiff Business Park, Cardiff, CF23 8AB (“the Supplier” or “we”) for Dyslexia+ Profiler, a web-based service used to assist identification of possible strengths and weaknesses in users , which includes printed materials to be provided by the User from time to time and printable online documentation (“Documentation”).

BY CLICKING ON “Yes, I agree” YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE TERMS OF USE AND THAT YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS WHICH WILL BIND YOU.

1. GRANT AND SCOPE OF TERMS

1.1 In consideration of payment, where appropriate, of the agreed usage fee and you agreeing to abide by the Terms of Use, the Supplier hereby grants to you non-exclusive, non-transferable access to use the web-based service and the accompanying User Report.

1.2 Under the Terms of Use you may:

1.2.1 access the Service via the Supplier’s Access Point for your own personal purposes and thereby complete each of the modules once; and

1.2.2 print and use any Individual Report and Resources in support of the use permitted under clause 1.1 and make such number of copies of the related Documentation as is reasonably necessary for its lawful use for a period up to 24 months from the date of first access of the service.

1.3 The User’s access shall not extend to any of the Supplier’s programs or materials other than the web-based Service and the related Individual Reports and Resources.

1.4 The Supplier shall provide such technical support as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion from time to time (“the Technical Support Services”).

2. USER’S UNDERTAKINGS

2.1 Except as expressly set out in these Terms of Use, you hereby irrevocably undertake during the term of and after termination of access to the Service:

2.1.1 not to copy the Software or Documentation except where such copying is incidental to normal use of the Service or where it is necessary for the sole purpose of back-up or operational security;

2.1.2 not to rent, lease, sub-license, loan, translate, merge, adapt, vary or modify the Service or the Documentation without the Supplier’s prior written consent;

2.1.3 to only use the Service and Individual Report and resources for your own personal purposes and not to commercially exploit the Service, Individual Reports and Resources in any way;

2.1.4 not to make alterations to, or modifications of, the whole or any part of the service, nor permit the service or any part of it to be combined with, or become incorporated in, any other programs;

2.1.5 not to copy, alter, adapt, modify or amend the printed reports and otherwise deal with the results, data, user profiles and other information generated by the Service;

2.1.6 not to commercially exploit the printed reports and otherwise deal with the results, data, user profiles and other information generated by the Service;

2.1.7 not to disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer or create derivative works based on, the whole or any part of the Software and related software, nor attempt to do any such thing except to the extent that (by virtue of section 296A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988) such actions cannot be prohibited because they are essential for the purpose of achieving inter-operability of the Software with another software program, and provided that the information obtained by you during such activities:

2.1.7.1 is not unnecessarily disclosed or communicated without the Supplier’s prior written consent to any third party;

2.1.7.2 is not used to create any service which is substantially similar to the service nor to use such information in any manner which would be restricted by any copyright subsisting in it.

2.1.8 to notify the Supplier immediately in writing if you become aware of any unauthorised use of the whole or any part of the Software or Documentation by any person;

2.1.9 to include the copyright notice of the Supplier on all entire and partial copies you make of any related Documentation on any medium; and

2.1.10 without prejudice to the obligations under clause 2.4, to obtain, and assist us to obtain, the consent of users covered by these Terms to store cookies on any devices used by them to access the Service.

2.2 You hereby grant to the Supplier royalty-free, worldwide access to use, process, store and , collate printed reports and other otherwise deal with the results, data and other information generated by the Software during the term of and after termination of access to the Software.

2.3 In relation to assignment and sub-licensing:

2.3.1 the User has no right to sub-license the benefit or burden of these Terms in whole or in part;

2.3.2 the User has no right to assign the benefit or burden of these Terms in whole or in part, or to allow the Service – to become the subject of any charge, lien or encumbrance without the prior written consent of the Supplier; and

2.3.3 the Supplier may not assign, charge or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations under these Terms.

2.4 You will duly observe your obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998, which arise in connection with the use of the Service pursuant to these Terms.

2.5 You agree to the use of cookies to help facilitate your user experience.

2.6 the User shall permit the Supplier to occasionally contact the User by email in the form of a newsletter or direct correspondence in order to provide additional information including, but not restricted to the availability of new modules and resources.

3. DISCLAIMER AND LIABILITY

3.1 You hereby acknowledge and confirm that the Software-based Service is a profiling tool, not a medical or psychological test or a diagnostic tool, and that you have satisfied yourself on the application, scope and technical specification of the Service and are relying on your own assessment of the Service in accepting these Terms.

3.2 Subject to clause 3.4, the Supplier shall have no liability to you for any loss or damage suffered by you as a result of:-

3.2.1 the use of the Software-based Service, Individual Reports and Resources or the Documentation;

3.2.2 your use of any user profile generated by the Software;

3.2.3 the provision by the Supplier of the Technical Support Services; or

3.2.4 any failure or malfunction of the Supplier’s server which hosts the Software howsoever caused.

3.3 Without prejudice to clause 3.2 and subject to clause 3.4, the Supplier shall not have any liability for loss or damage to physical property, loss of profits anticipated savings, business opportunity, goodwill, loss or corruption of data, special damages even if the Supplier was aware of the circumstances in which such special damage could arise, consequential or other indirect losses (whether arising from any defect in the Software or any other failure or malfunction of the Software or otherwise).

3.4 The provisions of clause 3.2 and clause 3.3 shall not limit or restrict any liability for death or personal injury arising as a result of the negligence of the Supplier, nor any other liability which may not be excluded by law.

4. WARRANTIES

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Unless expressly agreed by the Supplier in writing, no intellectual property rights of whatever nature in respect of any part of the Software and Service shall vest or be deemed to vest in you, including without limitation all patents, patent applications, trademarks, trade mark applications, trade names, service marks, registered designs, design rights, know-how and copyright (in each whether registered or not) and all applications for the same, anywhere in the world.

6. TERMS AND TERMINATION

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6.2 Access to the Software may be terminated by the Supplier:-

6.2.1 on notice in writing to you with immediate effect if you are in material breach of these Terms which breach (if capable of remedy) is not remedied to the reasonable satisfaction of the Supplier within 30 days of written notice having being given by the Supplier to you which notice specifies the breach and requires its remedy; or

6.2.2 on giving to you 3 months written notice.

6.3 Upon termination of access to the Service for any reason, you shall immediately cease to have any right to use the Service and the Documentation.

6.4 Any provision of these Terms which expressly or by implication is intended to come into or continue in force on or after termination of access to the Service, including clauses 2.1, 2.3 and 4 shall remain in full force and effect.

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7.3 In the event that an end-user making use of the Software carries out any act or omission that would if it were a party to these Terms (in the place of you) put it in breach of the points of these Terms, then you shall be liable for any loss or damage caused to the Supplier by such breach and the Supplier shall be entitled to exercise all rights under these Terms (including rights of termination under clause 6.1) against you on the basis that all references in these Terms to “you” or “the User” shall be treated a references to the relevant end-user.

7.4 No party shall be liable to the other for any delay or non-performance of its obligations under these Terms arising from any cause beyond its control including, without limitation, any of the following: governmental act, war, fire, flood, explosion or civil commotion. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this clause shall excuse you from any payment obligations under these Terms.

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What is neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is, as the name suggests, a term which expresses the fact that every brain is wired differently and how the brain is different in every individual.

Originally used in the late 1990s in particular with those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is now used for a wider collection of conditions including dyslexia, dyspraxia (DCD or Developmental Coordination Difficulties), ADHD and language disorders. The common factor with these “labels” is that they all use a series of traits to identify/diagnose the condition but you do not need to show all of those conditions to have that “classification”. This, of course, highlights that everybody is different – neurodiverse.

Customer testimonials

We have a growing community of wonderful organisations who care about the individuals they work with and want to make a difference. Here’s what some of them have to say about Do-IT…

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University of Nottingham

"The Do-It Profiler is more than a screener and it has proved to be a really effective resource for the University. It has been invaluable in supporting the increasing number of students exploring the possibility of having a Specific Learning Difference. Not only does the report it produces support students in deciding whether they wish to undertake a formal assessment for a range of SpLDs, but the program also helps each student identify their strengths and limitations and matches this profile to various study resources, so empowering independent student learning. Several academic schools have benefitted from using the latter aspect of the Do It Profiler during their transition programmes."
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City and Islington College

"This is a fantastic tool to identify students but also to support them through their course…It’s just a wonderful resource/tool and Do-IT solutions is the most responsive and forward- thinking organisation I’ve come across."
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CEO, Janette Beetham, Right Resources Ltd

"Having used the Do-IT Profiler ‘Workplace Assessors+’ with individuals in a cross section of workplace settings for the past 18 months I would definitely recommend it to those qualified to undertake workplace needs assessments. The multi-modular nature of the Do-IT Workplace Assessors+ means you can select the most appropriate and useful elements to provide a more bespoke screening experience for each individual."
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Resettlement Practice Manager (Oakhill Secure Training Centre), David Brown, G4S

"As an establishment we deal with complex children many of whom have unidentified learning needs and/or diagnosed mental health needs. The DO-IT allows us to get an understanding of the needs of the child when they arrive, then as we get to know an individual and refer to their past history, we are able to have a bigger picture of what their needs are. We can use DO-IT's intervention screener to apply the interventions based on their responses and it allows us to create plans for behaviour management with the child, that is bespoke to them and makes them feel like they are part of the process of planning their future, which is fundamental if we are to achieve success with a child."

Deborah Reeve, Admiral

"Here at Admiral, we were interested in exploring Psychometric testing in Recruitment. We wanted to identify what ‘great’ looks like in specific departments across the business and use this measure to enhance our selection process. We began with a benchmark of companies that provide psychometric testing. After a broad analysis of several potential providers, we opted for Do-IT who do things differently...Candidates, Recruitment Managers and Department Managers alike have found the tool useful and we are looking forward to developing it further and discovering more opportunities to use Do-IT across the business!"
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CEO, Guy Helman, Impact Futures

"We have found the tool invaluable for our learners so we get to know each learner from Day 1, and we can deliver training to meet their needs directly and remotely. It has particularly helped us to get to know those with communication, wellbeing or neurodivergent profiles and work to maximise their strengths."
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Operational Manager, Lee Matthews, St Helens Youth Justice Service

"Do-IT profiler’ has been an invaluable in assisting Youth Justice Service practitioners to identify the neurodiverse strengths and challenges of the children that we work with. Using this tool, practitioners have been able to tailor plans and interventions specifically with each child in mind. In addition, practitioners have been able to share findings with other key agencies to ensure a each child’s needs are supported appropriately across the partnership. Regular data analysis from the team has also helped us to gain a greater understanding of the neurodiversity of children known to our service."
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Co-Founder and COO, Justine Coleman, Alliance of Sport

"This digital app is a phenomenal game changer - having worked in Criminal Justice and with complex people, Neurodiversity assessment and identification is a very costly, time consuming and complex process. The assessment process in this app and the person centred report, offers a truly unique, cost effective and time saving foundation for all professionals and participants to learn from and move forward with. I will be using this within all our projects moving forwards."

Lauren Gallagher, Post Office

"Do-IT’s insights are particularly relevant to us right now as we work on building an inclusive culture at Post Office – one where every colleague can bring their whole self to work and know that their unique contribution is valued. There are a number of practical things we will take away from Amanda’s session that will help us shape this kind of environment to support neurodiverse colleagues, and to help educate the wider business on the subject."

Director of People and Operations, Liz Delaney, The Donaldson Trust

"The Embracing Neurodiversity module has provided an excellent basis for further developing our staff's knowledge of neurodiversity and of types of neurodivergence. It has facilitated a shared understanding of our inclusive approach and use of language, enabling staff to consider neurodiversity in different contexts, beyond the direct support we deliver to individuals with neurodiversities to include others such as colleagues and visitors to our premises. This in turn has ensured positivity and proactivity in adjusting our practices and the environment to be more inclusive."

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