THERAPY & ASSESSMENTS

Educational Psychologist

VIE consults with a fully certified and licensed educational psychologist. Educational psychologists administer and interpret psychological and educational tests. These tests identify and support learning difficulties and resulting behavioral issues.

The educational psychologist alongside administering tests also advises schools on modified curriculums, additional resources, assistant support and when required exam concessions.

“The promotion of learning, attainment and the healthy emotional development of young people aged 0-19, through the application of psychology, by working with early years settings, schools (and other educational providers), children and their families, practitioners and other agencies.” (Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2009)

Why Assess?
If your child is experiencing difficulties at school the underlying reasons for these problems can vary from speech and language, motivational or specific learning difficulties like dyslexia. Children who are under achieving at school may not be reaching their full potential due to these underlying difficulties. This can lead to low motivation, self esteem and academic failure. Therefore it is essential that your child’s difficulties are identified. Quality assessments by a team of professionals aim to identify children’s needs and support them to learn better.

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Speech and language

We aim to identify a child’s difficulties as early as possible so that the appropriate strategies can be implemented to help them at a young age.

Our Speech and Language Therapists are qualified to administer and interpret assessments to identify speech, language and communication disorders, and to use the results of assessments and observations to develop and deliver programs of therapy.  

Who do we work with?
The Speech and Language Therapists at VIE can assess children with a wide range of difficulties, including:

  • Mild, moderate and severe learning disabilities
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Physical disabilities
  • Language delay or disorder
  • Speech delay or disorder
  • Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Selective mutism
  • Stammering
  • Social communication difficulties

Why Assess?
Assessment helps to pinpoint what may be causing the child’s difficulties and helps parents, schools and other professionals understand how best to support the child.  The results of the assessment help inform target setting for therapy.

Useful websites:
http://www.ican.org.uk/frontpage.aspx
http://www.rcslt.org/
http://www.autism.org.uk/

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Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.

Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut off points.

Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor-coordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not by themselves, markers of dyslexia. A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well founded intervention.’

  • British Dyslexia Association (BDA)

VIE consults with a fully qualified and licensed educational psychologist. Educational psychologists administer and interpret psychological and educational tests. These tests identify and support learning difficulties and resulting behavioral issues. The educational psychologist alongside administering tests also advises schools on modified curriculum, additional resources, assistant support and when required exam concessions.

Why Assess?
If your child is experiencing difficulties at school the underlying reasons for these problems can vary from speech and language, motivational or specific learning difficulties like dyslexia. Children who are under achieving at school may not be reaching their full potential due to these underlying difficulties. This can lead to low motivation, self esteem and academic failure. Therefore it is essential that your child’s difficulties are identified. Quality assessments by a team of professionals aim to identify children’s needs and support them to learn better.

Specialist Teacher Assessment
We also offer assessments for exam access arrangements by a qualified dyslexia specialist. These assessments are required for identified dyslexics to gain access to exam modifications. (See exam access section)

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Occupational Therapy

VIE provides occupational therapy services for children with Autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Dyspraxia, Global Developmental Delays, Dyslexia, Sensory Processing Disorders, ADD, ADHD and many other developmental conditions and delays.

Occupational therapists (OT’s) are qualified to help people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives.

School based occupational therapists help kids with various needs improve their cognitive (thinking and organizing), physical, sensory and motor skills. This includes:

  • muscle strengthening,
  • work on bilateral coordination (using two hands together),
  • motor planning, visual perceptual and motor skills,
  • fine motor skills such as holding a pencil,
  • self-care tasks such as brushing teeth and
  • helping kids with sensory processing issues respond to sensations in a more appropriate way.

The focus is helping the kids gain the functional skills they need for independence, whilst providing education and support to families.

Useful websites for further information:
http://www.cot.co.uk/
http://www.aota.org/

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Exam access

EXAM ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS:

Students who have previously had either an educational or specialist assessment report and need an updated review for exam access purposes require an EAA assessment report.

This can be done by either the Educational Psychologist or Specialist EAA Teacher.

Assessment Process:

  1. Contact VIE through your school to arrange an interview
  2. Pre-assessment Interview
  3. Assessment
  4. Post Assessment Interview

 

Types of Exam Access Arrangements Available (UK)

  • Extra time (up to 100%)
  • Scribe
  • Reader
  • Modified language papers
  • Language modifier
  • Prompter

These accommodations are dependent on the student’s needs as highlighted in the assessment.

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