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  Course Details
SDMT – current issues regarding the SDMT
Course Level: Intermediate
Course Type: Distance
CPD Long Term:
CPD Credit Hours: Hours: 1 Minutes: 0
  Event Address

  Contact Details
Provider: Patoss
Course Manager: Mrs Sheila Rostill
Telephone: 01386 257808
Email: srostill@patoss-dyslexia.org
Website: www.patoss-dyslexia.org
  Event Details
Dates: 24/03/2022 - 24/03/2023
Times: N/A - N/A
No. of Delegates: Unlimited
Delegate Price: GBP 30.00
SASC Ref.: PAT-15932-240322 OL
   Audience Restriction
Members £30, non~members £35
   Course Summary
The Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) is a test that is used to assess visual processing. However, caution needs to be applied in using this test both in the scoring and interpretation
   Course Detail

The Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) is a test that is used to assess visual processing. Many assessors find it a useful addition to their test battery, but it needs to be used with care. Louise will explore the ‘strengths and weaknesses' of the SDMT and go over the SASC guidance. She will also explain how to score and interpret the test.

In November 2015 the SpLD Test Evaluation Committee (STEC) conducted a review of the test with a view to providing updated guidance to assessors on the strengths and limitations of the use of the test in the diagnostic assessment of specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. A continuing review is happening at the moment, but for now the SDMT can be used to measure visual processing. In this course Louise will review how the SDMT can be used in conjunction with other evidence from the assessment data to help the assessor offer a diagnostic conclusion but to also apply caution in the use of the SDMT. 

   CPD Themes
  • SpLD testing methods, interpretation, report writing, feedback and test materials
  • Assessors
  • Support
  • Delegates must read the SASC download before attending the course: Updated Guidance on the use of the Symbol Digit Modalities Test-Version 4 Feb 2016.pdf (sasc.org.uk)
   Learning Outcomes
  • To feel secure in scoring the SDMT
  • To also be aware of the importance of the observation of the performance of the person being assessed, on either the written or oral test.
  • If a low score is gained on this test, the importance of an investigation into the possibilities of weaknesses across the range of tests administered will be discussed.
  • Delegates to feel secure in scoring and applying the test
  • Delegates understand the caution in using the test
  • Delegates to be aware of the SASC guidance when interpreting the test