Our educational psychologists generally work in the child’s home or school, to ensure they feel comfortable in a familiar environment.
Depending on the nature of the assessment required, we gather data in several ways and use tools such as:
- Cognitive assessments (how students think)
- Academic assessments (e.g. reading, writing, oral language, mathematics)
- Assessment of behavioural factors (such as problems with hyperactivity/impulsivity, learning, peer relations, defiance/aggression, oppositional/conduct, potential depression or anxiety), and self-esteem factors.
- We also gather background information from parents, teachers and the child/young person themselves, and may ask for school reports.
Mostly, students find the assessment fun and engaging (iPads are always seen as a benefit!), although many are tired afterwards, due to lots of thinking.
The time taken for assessment generally depends on the capabilities of the person and the type of assessment. As a guide, expect between 2 - 4 hours of face-to-face time. Your psychologist can discuss this with you.
After the assessment, your psychologist will spend a substantial amount of time analysing all the information gathered.
A brief conversation will usually be had at the end of the assessment, and written report delivered approximately 2 - 3 weeks later. This report will provide a summary of the information gathered, data from the assessment, and recommendations for how to best support the child.