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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants or people to take part in surveys. Details of all research requests will be posted here with a synopsis of the research findings, where possible. Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated in any way to the research requests on this page. If you have any questions about any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided. 

Research requests should be send to [email protected] with a short summary of the research, contact details and a closing date. 

  • A survey to learn more about specific learning difficulties  

 We want to find out more about the lived experience of dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia in the UK – either those expressing personal views or on behalf of someone they care for and to gain a better understanding of the challenges involved and how future research can help those with specific learning difficulties. 

  Information about the Survey:

 The survey asks questions about specific learning difficulties – experiences around identification, diagnosis and finding support. We also wish to study whether experiences differ by demographic information like age and gender. All responses are optional, and it should take no longer than 10-15 minutes to complete.  

Full details about the survey are here Survey Link  

The survey is open until 30th September 2022. 

For any further information, please contact [email protected]

 Ethics approval: This project has been approved by PPLS Ethics committee (University of Edinburgh).  
 

Dr Silvia Paracchini (University of St Andrews)  

& Dr Michelle Luciano (University of Edinburgh) 

 Network website: https://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/learning-difficulties 

  • ​​Survey for parents with a dyslexic young person who has undertaken SQA exams at school in April/May 2022 by Vivien Clarke 

The purpose of this survey is not to challenge individual schools or teachers.  I would like a wider picture of the needs of parents to learn more about entitlement to support.  Please be assured that no personal information such as names of individuals or schools will be divulged. 

Online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SQA_Exam_Support_2022

Click here for a paper copy of the survey. If you need a hard copy of the survey sent to you, please contact our Helpline.  

For any other queries, please email Vivien Clarke: [email protected]

Closing date 14th August 2022​ ​​

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Research findings

The role of a social worker is complex and dynamic, working in environments that can be equally challenging. The role involves working with and supporting individuals, families and communities. Therefore, the interventions required are wide ranging and involve many skills such as assessment, reading and writing. All these skills can be impacted by dyslexia. This study explores the impacts and influence that dyslexia has on social work practice from the experiences of those with a dyslexia identification.