Development and Validation of   the Hidden Disabilities       Questionnaire         Presented by Glenys Heap      Head of ...
Aims• To provide a tool to help identify an individuals  strengths and weaknesses.• To have practice at using the tool.• T...
Factors affecting    literacy,communication                    www.flickr.com/photos/68845396@N00/447239398/  & behaviour
Literacy                                                      ExperienceCommunication                                     ...
Individual DifferencesCaution needs to be exercised ininterpreting the resultsfor any individual.  This is not a diagnosti...
Purposes of the Screening Tool• Highlight areas of difficulty  1. Literacy  2. Organisation and Memory  3. Co-ordination  ...
Steps forward• How many individuals have Hidden  Disabilities?• Dyslexia Action Study commissioned by  Learning and Skills...
Summary of Findings• 50% of Prison Population have literacy skills  below functional levels• 20% of Prison Population have...
Summary• Approximately half the prison population have  below functional levels of literacy• For some, this is related to ...
HDQ2• 32 Item Questionnaire• Contact Dr John Rack  Head of Research and Professional Development  jrack@dyslexiaaction.org...
Hidden Disabilities QuestionnaireDo you find filling in forms (e.g.job applications) difficult and                        ...
Factor 1                                      When you are listening toDo you find filling in forms           something be...
Factor 2Do you mix up dates and times   When you have been talking to  and miss appointments?          someone do you ofte...
Factors 3 and 4Were you one of the worst at    Do you find it easy to do sums  sports and games at school?     in your hea...
Factor 5Do you find that you easily        Do you prefer to have different  make new friends?                  things on t...
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Seminar 4

  1. 1. Development and Validation of the Hidden Disabilities Questionnaire Presented by Glenys Heap Head of Educational Development gheap@dyslexiaaction.org.uk
  2. 2. Aims• To provide a tool to help identify an individuals strengths and weaknesses.• To have practice at using the tool.• To identify where individuals can be signposted for intervention.
  3. 3. Factors affecting literacy,communication www.flickr.com/photos/68845396@N00/447239398/ & behaviour
  4. 4. Literacy ExperienceCommunication Education Environment Behaviour Emotions www.flickr.com/photos/68845396@N00/447239398/
  5. 5. Individual DifferencesCaution needs to be exercised ininterpreting the resultsfor any individual. This is not a diagnostic tool!
  6. 6. Purposes of the Screening Tool• Highlight areas of difficulty 1. Literacy 2. Organisation and Memory 3. Co-ordination 4. Numeracy 5. Confidence
  7. 7. Steps forward• How many individuals have Hidden Disabilities?• Dyslexia Action Study commissioned by Learning and Skills Council
  8. 8. Summary of Findings• 50% of Prison Population have literacy skills below functional levels• 20% of Prison Population have Hidden Disabilities impacting on literacy skills• Three to four times the incidence in the general population
  9. 9. Summary• Approximately half the prison population have below functional levels of literacy• For some, this is related to social and environmental reasons; however• One in three of those with literacy difficulties show some features of hidden disabilities and will require specialist help
  10. 10. HDQ2• 32 Item Questionnaire• Contact Dr John Rack Head of Research and Professional Development jrack@dyslexiaaction.org.uk
  11. 11. Hidden Disabilities QuestionnaireDo you find filling in forms (e.g.job applications) difficult and • Spelling, writing, spatial skillsconfusing?Do you sometimes know whatyou want to say but cannot find • Word retrievalthe words to say what you mean?Do you get bored easily and like to • Concentration and Attentionflick between different activities?Do you seem to bump into things or knock things over more than • Spatial awareness, motor co- other people? ordination
  12. 12. Factor 1 When you are listening toDo you find filling in forms something being said do difficult and confusing? you find that you often need more time than others to understandIf you have to copy what has been said something down does it take a long time? Do you find it hard to follow what people are saying in a group situation? Literacy Language
  13. 13. Factor 2Do you mix up dates and times When you have been talking to and miss appointments? someone do you often forget to mention something important youDo you have to write meant to say? appointments down straight Do you find time keeping and away because otherwise self-organisation is a you will forget them? problem that affects your work? Memory Organisation
  14. 14. Factors 3 and 4Were you one of the worst at Do you find it easy to do sums sports and games at school? in your head?Are you generally happier Do you find it difficult to work when working on your out how much several items will cost? own? Co-ordination Numeracy
  15. 15. Factor 5Do you find that you easily Do you prefer to have different make new friends? things on the go at the same time?Do you find it hard to do a task and listen to instructions at the same time? Are you confident in new situations? Confidence/Novelty?

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