What Happens During a Learning Assessment? - Childhood Psychology
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What Happens During a Learning Assessment?

Many parents are concerned that their child may be struggling in the classroom

Many parents are concerned that their child may be struggling in the classroom but are not sure what factors might be getting in the way of their learning. Learning difficulties are where a child experiences problems learning new information, which can significantly affect their achievement at school. 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 individually with parents and children to explain the process and talk about any concerns.

Our learning assessments explore a child’s cognitive abilities to gain a better understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses, so that we can tailor strategies to their preferred individual learning style. We also use achievement focused assessments that look a child’s skills in identified areas of concern, such as reading. These assessments show how a child may be performing in comparison the expected levels for their age. Finally we consider how social and emotional factors may be impacting on school performance as children who are particularly anxious or have difficulties with attention can struggle to achieve in the classroom.

If you have ever thought about a learning assessment and would like to know more about whether it would provide useful information to support your child in the classroom please contact us.

Julie Steward – Psychologist

Julie Steward

Julie Steward is the principal psychologist and manager of Childhood Psychology. Julie is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.