Cynicism won't help dyslexics 3

September 17, 2004

The need for action to raise awareness of specific learning difficulties among students is seen as important enough for the Higher Education Funding Council for England to fund a £500,000 study. We were, therefore, surprised to read that the general secretary of the Association of Educational Psychologists feels dyslexia may be being "overdiagnosed" in undergraduates. The highly trained professionals diagnosing learning difficulties are usually from assessment centres independent of any university and use rigorous diagnostic procedures.

Katherine Hewlett
Westminster University

Susan Tresman
British Dyslexia Association

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