Supporting students with specific learning difficulties

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  • Supporting Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

    Specific learning difficulties are characterised by a discrepancy between intellectual capacity and achievement.  

    There are 3 major specific learning difficulties: dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

    Other learning difficulties include difficulties with auditory processing, memory, reading/visual difficulties.

    Dyslexia is a language-based learning difficulty that mainly affects the development of literacy and language-related skills. Many people with dyslexia can experience difficulties in the following areas: memory, reading, writing, spelling, maths, organisation and speech. 

    Dysgraphia affects the student's ability to write coherently regardless of their ability to read.  Some of the problems include: poor structure of words, incomplete words, and omitted words while writing, significant difficulty putting thoughts and ideas in writing, increased or decreased speed of handwriting.

    Dyscalculia is a learning difficulty of arithmetic or Maths. The difficulty lies in the receptions, comprehension, or production of quantitative and spatial information.  Students with dyscalculia may have difficulty in understanding simple number concepts, lack of intuitive grasp of numbers and have problems learning number facts and procedures.


    Difficulties which may be experienced:

     Students with SpLDs may underperform in examinations or require more time to complete assignments than other student

    Taking notes in lectures can be difficult for students with SpLD

    Students may have significant organisational difficulties

    Students may have difficulty with handwriting and producing written work

    Understanding exam questions where assistance maybe required

    In the Classroom:

    Make lecture notes available in advance if possible. Students with SpLDs may have difficulty writing notes in lectures while also trying to listen to what is being said.

    A written outline of the course may assist students with learning difficulties to follow the course and revise for exams

    Outlining each lecture at the beginning and highlighting new terms and key points can help a student to focus. 

    Providing clear feedback on assignments enables students to understand how they can improve

    Consider using alternative assessment options, as students with SpLDs may be able to demonstrate their ability more accurately through visual or by auditory means.

    In An Exam

    Particular supports can be requested to assist learners with SpLDs in an assessment situation such as an exam or project.

    Contact the Education officer at CMI for more information.

    Further Information:

    Guidelines for Examiners when Marking Scripts from Students with a Disability who have a Reading, Writing or Spelling Difficulty


     (Dyslexia Guidelines for Teachers) are included in a student's exam script by the invigilator. They do not apply to assignments.

  • Dyslexia Association of Ireland

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    A)  Pay 300euro deposit online - Choosing this option you will be required to submit your VISA, Debit Card or Laser Card details online. This is a secured online payment facility offered by Realex International Payments provider. Once the deposit is received Admissions will process your booking.

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    C) Forward Payment  - this option is not available internationally but within Republic of Ireland only. Bookings are not confirmed until payment by cheque or bank transfer has been received.  If you are getting the course sponsored, a minimum of a deposit is required to secure your place which will be fully refunded after sponsor payment has been received. Check with CMI Accounts to see whether your employer paid and to receive invoice/receipt

    D) Pay Fees after paying Booking Deposit - CMI allow you to pay the balance of your course fees either by making an online payment or by Calling and they will process your payment over the phone- To Pay online.

    E)  Course Fees Payable in Advance - All course fees are payable in advance. The deposit is deducted from the overall course fee and the balance of payment is required before start date of course.

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    If you are being sponsored by an employer or other body, you must still pay a deposit of 300 euro to secure your place irrespective of whether you are being sponsored by an employer or other body. Once payment is received in full from the employer or sponsor for the course, you will receive a 300euro deposit refund.

    Admissions will confirm your place, usually within 2- 3 days of receipt of your booking. All course booking information is reviewed against eligibility criteria by Admissions. You will also receive written notification from admissions within 7 working days of your confirmation on your chosen course. Any applicant not eligible will have their deposit or full payment immediately refunded. CMI reserves the right to refuse an applicant a place if they do not satisfy the eligibility criteria for their chosen course.