All of our psychological assessment begins with an initial session where we discuss your concerns about your child and think together to consider whether formal assessment is required. We offer comprehensive assessments of educational functioning and underlying issues that may be preventing your child from achieving their potential. These assessments include obtaining an understanding of what might be contributing to lack of motivation, challenging behaviour, a lack of confidence, anxiety or low mood and includes assessing for learning difficulties such as Dyslexia. There are various types of assessment and at times this may require input from parents, liaison with schools and formal testing. You will be consulted before any information is requested or shared with third parties.
A comprehensive assessment would pick up and offer advice for dealing with emotional and behavioural difficulties, academic difficulties, social problems, relationship difficulties, developmental difficulties, mental health issues, learning difficulties and specific difficulties such as ADHD, Dyslexia or Asperger’s syndrome.
Our psychologists help your child to feel at ease and children and teenagers tend to enjoy the assessments. Upon completion, a full psychological assessment report is compiled with details about your child’s strengths and difficulties, and with suggestions and recommendations for supporting your child to reach their emotional, social and academic potential.
Educational / Cognitive Psychological Assessment
This is a formal assessment of your child’s underlying abilities in a range of areas such as verbal and non-verbal skills, memory and speed of processing. Depending on your child’s presenting difficulty, assessment of more specific literacy and numeracy skills may be required. The results of this assessment will give you an idea of your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses. Recommendations can then be made on how to support your child in their areas of weakness. Understanding their approach to their schoolwork, their ability to manage their work and their relative strengths and weaknesses are key to providing them with appropriate support and helping to kindle the development of self-confidence.
Educational Assessments include:
- An initial discussion with the psychologist to get a better understanding of your child’s academic, social and emotional strengths and concerns. This will focus on your child’s developmental history and what additional support (if any) that they have received with the issues raised.
- An assessment of your child’s psychological and emotional functioning in order to comprehensively explore what may be contributing their difficulties. This is done using drawings, stories and discussion.
- A standardised cognitive assessment. This will provide the psychologist with an understanding of your child’s Verbal Ability; Perceptual Skills; Working Memory; Attention and Concentration and Processing Speed. These scores provide the psychologist with a cognitive profile in the areas assessed. This assessment is also called an intelligence test and provides a Full Scale IQ score.
- A standardised assessment of skills in the classroom including literacy and numeracy. Assessed areas include:
- Reading Speed
- Blending Skills
- Reading Comprehension
- Writing Skills
- Numerical Operations (completing sums)
- Mathematical Reasoning (applying mathematics in real world situations)
- A clear and comprehensive report explaining the assessment results.
- A diagnosis of dyslexia or other learning or emotional difficulty, if it is applicable.
- A follow up consultation to discuss the results of the assessment and answer any questions or concerns that you have.
- A comprehensive set of specific recommendations to further support your child. This includes your child’s strengths and difficulties, strategies for supporting learning and motivation, strategies to manage their emotions and/or behaviour both in and outside the classroom, identification of learning difficulties, dyslexia or giftedness, and identifying additional support a student might need in school or exams.
Emotional / Psychological Assessment
This type of assessment is always done prior to therapy in order to work with parents and their child to work out what the underlying concerns are, how best to approach them and discuss recommendations for treatment. This assessment would be included in the initial sessions.
This assessment of emotional functioning includes obtaining and understanding of the nature of emotional, social or behavioural difficulties that your child may be experiencing. As part of this, we talk to the child or teenager being assessed to get an idea of what they find easy or difficult, their preferred learning styles and their perception of themselves and their strengths as well as a detailed understanding of their emotional and perceived social functioning or difficulties. This type of assessment provides a greater understanding of factors that may be contributing to uncontrollable emotions or challenging behaviour, which in turn facilitates recommendations and strategies for supporting you and your child with these.
Comprehensive Psychological Assessment
This package includes all that is offered in the educational and emotional assessments discussed above. Parents choose to include this option in their assessment package when parents have concerns that are school or education based, as well as concerns about their child’s emotional functioning (such as anxiety or low mood), behaviour or social or family difficulties, and how these may be impacting on your child’s ability to cope, learn and function on a day to day basis.