The most common learning difficulties are in reading, spelling and writing, often referred to as dyslexia but children can experience learning difficulties in other areas such as mathematical concepts (dyscalculia) too.
Before pursuing an assessment it is a good idea to have your child’s vision and hearing checked to ensure that these factors are not impacting on a child’s ability to function in the classroom. If vision and hearing tests are normal but learning is still a struggle for your child, a learning assessment can be useful to explore underlying issues.
We are very aware that children have often seen many professionals up to this point, so before commencing an assessment we always meet with parents and children to explain the process and talk about any concerns. The next step is to commence the assessment, and below are examples of the assessments we use depending on what is the primary reason for referral.
Generally an assessment will follow the process below but there is flexibility for adjustment on an individual basis. For example, some children may cope better with shorter assessment times carried out over more sessions
This meeting is to discuss concerns, strengths and challenges and includes information about the assessment process and completion of the consent form. (approx. 45 minutes).
In this session we will exploring their personal perceptions of their strengths and challenges. Discuss any concerns they may have and explain what will be happening during the assessment process. (approx. 45 minutes).
Consultation with school either in person or by phone, completion of behaviour and emotional wellbeing teacher report form. (approximately 30 minutes)
Completion of cognitive assessment and other assessments (approx. 2- 3 hours). This may be completed over either 2 or 3 sessions depending on the child and how they are feeling.
Analysis of results and report write up and development of classroom strategies.
Feedback of report to parents (approx. 30 minutes).
Optional discussion of results and classroom strategies with school (approx. 30mins).
If further testing is recommended to assess for Language Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Intellectual Impairment, these additional assessments and related costs will be discussed with you.
In some cases further assessment may require a referral to another professional, such as a speech pathologist and this will also be discussed with you.