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PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS Course Preparation

To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on for more information.

Suggested reading

You will be given more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies.

In the meantime, you may want to prepare with by reading:

Useful websites

You may find it useful to take a look at the following online resources:

Your pre-course task

Your pre-course task asks you to look into some background research and reflection in preparation for your first session on the course. This will help you to engage with the course and reflect on what you already know. It will involve independent research using the British Dyslexia Association website.

Dyslexia should not be viewed through a deficit lens. It brings opportunities and possibilities to learn differently. As her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice says of those with dyslexia “You have magical brains; they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it.”

Your task to complete

There are many misconceptions that surround dyslexia. Visit the British Dyslexia Association webpage and watch the short video ‘What is Dyslexia’, and read the definition also given on that page.

You should also read the stories from real life dyslexia successes

Reflect on what you have watched and read as well as your own personal knowledge and experience. Use the questions below to prepare for your first session. There will be opportunity at your first session to share your answers with your tutor and peers.

  • Why have you taken the course?
  • What do you hope to gain from the course?
  • What do you aim to do in the future using your skillset from the course?
  • Have you got experience of supporting people with dyslexia?
  • What misconceptions are there about Dyslexia?
  • What is your initial view on Dyslexia – is it a hinderance or a gift and why?
  • Why is it important for people to be able to be diagnosed with Dyslexia?
  • What challenges are there surrounding diagnosis of Dyslexia?

Task schedule and time

Your task should be completed before starting your course in September. And it should take up to two hours to complete.

Sharing your completed task

In your first session on campus, you’ll be invited to share some of your thoughts and reflections.

During group discussions surrounding this work your tutor will reflect on key themes and address your points. Please bring the completed work with you ready to share. It can be a typed document or handwritten notes.

Diagnostic Assessment Information

To successfully complete module two of the PG SpLD Cert (Dyslexia) course, you’ll need to have or have access to a range of diagnostic assessments. These are required to undertake a full diagnostic assessment of dyslexia. You’ll find information on where to purchase these tests from a range of suppliers listed below.

As a student, you’ll be responsible for sourcing and purchasing your own diagnostic assessments. The costs outlined below were correct as of April 2024 and are inclusive of VAT. Supplier prices may be subject to change and could increase. The diagnostic assessments will not be required until May 2025 and as such the items may change in line with SASC guidance.

Assessment TypeAcronymAsessment NameAuthor / EditionCost
AbilityWRITWide Range Intelligence TestGlutting, J., Adams, W., and Sheslow, D. (2000) Wide Range Intelligence Test (WRIT) Wilimington: Wide Range Inc.£507
Single word ReadingWIAT III Teacher editionWechsler Individual Achievement Test Third Edition UK Teachers editionWechsler , D (2018) The WIAT-lll Third UK edition for Teachers (WIAT-IIl UK-T)£422
ComprehensionWIAT III
Teacher edition
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Third Edition UK Teachers editionWechsler , D (2018) The WIAT-lll Third UK edition for Teachers (WIAT-IIl UK-T)
SpellingWIAT  III
Teacher edition
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Third Edition UK Teachers editionWechsler , D (2018) The WIAT-lll Third UK edition for Teachers (WIAT-IIlUK-T)
Non word readingTOWRE 2Test of Word Reading EfficiencyTorgesen, J., Wagner, R. and Rashotte, C. (2012) Test of Word Reading Efficiency Second Edition (TOWRE-2), Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed.£394
Word reading fluencyTOWRE 2Test of Word Reading EfficiencyTorgesen, J., Wagner, R. and Rashotte, C. (2012) Test of Word Reading Efficiency Second Edition (TOWRE-2), Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed.
Phonological ProcessingCTOPP 2Comprehensive Test of Phonological ProcessingWagner, R., Torgensen, J. and Rashotte, C. A. (2013) Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing Second Edition (CTOPP2), Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed.£393
MemoryTOMALTest of Memory and LearningReynolds, C.R. and Voress, J.K. (2007) Test of Memory and Learning Second Edition (TOMAL-2), Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed.
 
Please note for the purpose of the course you don’t need to buy the full kit. You will only need:

– Examiners manual (£101)
– Examiner record booklets (£102)
– Profile summary forms (£69)
£273
Writing
(under 16 only)
DASHDetailed Assessment of Speed of HandwritingBarnett, A., Henderson, S., Scheib, B., and Shultz, J. (2007) Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH), Harlow: Pearson Education£156

Assessments for over 16

If you wish to focus on assessing learners post 16, you will need to use the AAB to replace WIAT IIIT and the DASH 17+ to replace the DASH. Prices are listed below:

Assessment TypeAssessment AcronymAssessment NameAuthor/EditionCost
Word Reading/Comprehension/Spelling and WritingAAB
 
4-85 years
Academic Achievement Battery(2014) Psychological Assessment Resources Inc, USA£604
WritingDASH 17+Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting 17+Barnett, A., Henderson, S., Scheib, B., and Shultz, J. (2010) Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting 17+ (DASH 17+), Harlow: Pearson Education£172

If you work with learners over 24 you will need to use the AAB to replace WIAT III T and the DASH 17+ to replace the DASH as listed above. The CTOPP is only for up to 24 years and as such it can be used for qualitative information only and cannot be used for standardised scores.

Assessment supplier websites

There may be alternatives available so please speak to your Module Tutor or Course Leader. 

Edge Hill follows the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) guidance on suitable publications to use and as such they can change as guidance changes.

If you choose to go on to study for the Post Graduate Diploma in Dyscalculia there will be additional materials to buy and the FAM full assessment package would be needed, not just the screener. This would make it more cost effective to buy the whole package if you’re also planning to study for the full Diploma. And, if you are looking to study on the Post Graduate Certificate Dyslexia course, many of the items are used from this list.

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