Our psychologists can undertake a range of comprehensive assessments, including:
- Learning and cognitive assessment (for example, assessments for intellectual disability, learning disability, gifted children). Cognitive assessments are commonly known as intelligence tests and are used to explore a child’s learning capability by looking at cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Together with information gathered from parents and teachers, these assessments are used to determine a student’s learning potential (general intellectual ability). There is a range of different cognitive assessments available, but generally test the following areas:
- Verbal Comprehension: knowledge acquired from the environment, verbal concept formation, and verbal reasoning.
- Visual-Spatial: the ability to process visual information and understand visual-spatial relationships.
- Fluid Reasoning: explores a student’s measures of a student’s ability to think abstractly and solve novel problems.
- Working Memory: involves attention, concentration, and mental control. It measures the student’s ability to register, maintain, and manipulate visual and auditory information in conscious awareness.
- Processing Speed: measures a student’s ability to quickly and correctly process simple visual information.
- Behavioural assessment (for example, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder). Behavioural assessment provides an assessment of a student’s behaviour and is used to examine whether a student exhibits challenging behaviour which falls outside the range of expected age-appropriate behaviour. Such behavioural concerns may include difficulties around general executive function, hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggression, sustaining attention and/or disruptions to peer relations or within the learning environment.
- Behaviours can be measured by observation of a student in a classroom environment, group setting, individual therapy session, psychological or educational assessment, or by consultation with teachers and/or parents. Data and information from psychological and behavioural assessments provides direction for diagnosis, reporting, and any follow up intervention that may be required.
- Developmental assessment. These type of assessments are used for clients aged between 12 months and 4 years old and are designed to assess overall functioning of young students. They measure developmental areas, cognitive ability, language and comprehension, and motor development skills. These assessments can determine school readiness and identify any areas for skill development.
- Gifted and exceptional assessment. Children who are gifted or twice exceptional (those with a learning disability and who are academically gifted) may also require educational supports to help them achieve their potential in school. These assessments provide recommendations for extending and supporting the needs of gifted and talented students.
We can support school Additional Education Needs team and wider teaching staff, by providing the opportunity of staff to ask questions regarding concerns regarding students and how to support learning.
- Plan evidence-based interventions
- Support existing workloads for school counsellors or school psychologist
- Contributing to school level policy input
- Schools can purchase additional hours to be used across a term or on a one off basis.