Formal assessments may include:
Typically, the process would involve the following:
An in-depth interview with those most directly involved with the child (e.g. parents, teachers), pertaining to the child’s history, learning and development.
Duration: Approx. 1hr
Indirect assessment may include analysis of information gathered during consultation, the child’s work samples and previous school results.
Direct assessment may include observations, analysis of work, questionnaires, checklists and scales.
A) Cognitive Assessment (IQ TEST)
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition
B) Academic Achievement
Wechsler Individual Achievement Achievement Test – Third Edition
Phonological Assessment Battery – Second Edition Primary
Duration: 2 hrs to for each formal assessment
3. Feedback & Report Findings
(2 weeks after assessment)
The Educational Psychologist will go through the findings of the assessments and inform on the strategies recommended, including classroom and instructional implications of the findings. A formal written report will also be given. Where necessary, referrals to other services may be made.
Duration: approx. 1hr
The work of an Educational Psychologist primarily deals with children and youths within the backdrop of the educational setting. We provide help for those who are experiencing learning problems in school, through the investigation and identification of their specific learning needs, with the end goal of enhancing their learning potential. This may be done through consults with the various teams that are involved in the management of the child, observations and/or a psychoeducational assessment. This process enables the therapist inform on the best approaches and recommendations that will help to support the learning and development of the child.
A psychoeducational assessment is made up of a series of individually administered tests, designed to evaluate a child’s cognitive ability (IQ) and academic achievement compared to his/her peers. It is used to identify if the child has a learning difficulty. It will also highlight the child’s strengths and weaknesses so that suitable recommendations can be made. Based on the results of the assessment, referrals to other services (e.g. Occupational Therapy or Speech & Language Therapy) may be made to address any identified concerns.
Your child may benefit from a psychoeducational assessment if:
-You suspect that your child has developmental delays or is extremely bright
-You suspect that your child has a learning disability
-You sense a discrepancy between your child’s intellectual ability and her academic performance in school
-Your child is able to talk well, but is not able to translate her thoughts into writing
-Your child is unable to read/spell/write as what is expected of someone her age
-You want to understand how your child learns best
-You notice that your child is suddenly losing interest in school
-Your child’s grades are slipping significantly despite clear successes previously
-Your child has difficulty grasping concepts taught despite remediation
-Your child is acting out in school, resistant to homework
-Your child has difficulty paying attention and following directions