SCuDA’s Assessment Service


SCuDA has been offering specialist assessment for individuals of all ages for several years.

Children and adults come to us because:

•They recognise that they are better at some skills than others and would like to know why

•They would like to understand why they find aspects of learning, particularly reading, writing and or spelling difficult

•they find aspects of remembering and organisation for study and/or work particularly difficult

•They have had some assessment and/or extra help at school and would like a fuller assessment or updated assessment in order to have a better understanding of their difficulties

•Parents would like to know how best to help their children at home

•Adults would like to know how they can improve their literacy skills

•Schools have suggested that families contact SCuDA

•People of all ages would like assessments to inform special arrangements in examinations

•Students require a diagnostic report in order to apply for funded support at university. For more information about the Disabled Student Allowance click Here

•Employers have requested more information so that they can make reasonable adjustments for an employee with specific difficulties. For information about the Government’s Access to Work Scheme, click Here


We have a team of experienced assessors who work with SCuDA.  All of them have qualifications as teachers or speech and language therapists. All have additional post graduate qualifications in assessing and teaching people of all ages with specific learning difficulties, including dyspraxia, speech and language, auditory processing, autistic spectrum disorders and numeracy.


•Most of our assessments take place at SCuDA’s office in Stricklandgate House, which is in the centre of Kendal.

•There are stairs or a lift and we can make simple refreshments. 


Assessments take between 2 and 3 hours

The assessment activities are varied and people of all ages find it a positive experience.


It is important for children to know that they are coming to see someone who is interested in how people learn.  They will help to work out why some learning is difficult and what might help to make things easier.

•Parents and adults may like to look at the British Dyslexia Association website for some background information. LINK TO BDA HERE

•It is helpful, if this has not been recently done, to arrange an up to date check of vision and hearing

•Children’s parents and school are asked to complete our pre-assessment questionnaires to gain background information in order to enable assessors to plan appropriate assessment activities. This also applies to some adults.

•Children should bring examples of school work and reports with them.  We also sometimes ask them to bring a current reading book and short piece of totally independent writing.

•It is important that assessors have information about any previous assessments and / or study support.  It is important for them to see relevant past specialist reports to avoid repetition of tests within too short a time, which may make results invalid.


The aim is:

•to assess performance on a range of items, allowing the assessor to  consider strengths and weaknesses, and perhaps highlight styles of study which are better, or worse, for the person.  Don’t worry – this is not an exam which you would pass or fail.

•to collect information about reading, spelling and writing skills.

•to identify whether there is a clear discrepancy between general level of ability and reading and writing attainment.

•to consider other factors which may be affecting learning.

•to identify whether any reasonable adjustments will need to be made in order for a person to fully access the curriculum and its assessment e.g. extra time in examinations.

  1. up to date tests are used which  explore aspects of underlying ability, reading, writing and spelling, handwriting and fine motor skills, underlying learning skills such as phonological awareness, speed of processing and memory, speech and language and auditory processing.

  2. Exploring individual profiles of specific learning difficulties will take into account the clients strengths and any features associated with dyslexia, dyspraxia, specific language difficulties, auditory processing and visual processing difficulties. Associated difficulties with attention and memory will also be explored.


It will take an assessor up to 2 weeks to go through formal test results and background information and to write a comprehensive report.  This will usually be posted to you.  Your assessor will suggest ways of getting in touch if you have any questions or if there are any errors in the personal information within the report.  We aim for the report to be a document that you are happy to share with family, teachers, tutors, other professionals and employees if you wish.  Sometimes a post assessment meeting is arranged to talk through the report and recommendations.

If the report is for a specific purpose such as application for Disabled Student Allowance at university, your assessor will explain how to proceed.

In accordance with official recommendations, reports are kept securely by SCuDA  for a minimum period of 6 years.


Because we are a charitable organisation, our charges are very reasonable compared to many equivalent organisations and individuals.  This does not mean that our assessors or procedures are in any way less professional, extensive or thorough.

  1. Diagnostic assessment and report £350

  2. Diagnostic assessment and report paid for on the day of the assessment £325

  3. Consultation with assessor: £60 per hour

  How to arrange an assessment with SCuDA

If you would like to go ahead and book an assessment please phone or email the following details to SCuDA:       

                                        Name of person to be assessed

                                        Age and date of Birth


                                        Telephone number

                                        Mobile number

                                        Email address

                                      Main concerns or reason for assessment

Once we have your details we will notify one of our assessors who will contact you directly to send out pre-assessment information and questionnaires and to arrange a mutually convenient date and time for your assessment.