FAQs

Assessment FAQ’s

Educational Psycologist, Dyslexia, Occupational Therapy
  1. What do I need to bring to the assessment?
    • Any previous assessments
    • School Reports
  1. How long will the assessment last?
    • The assessment duration will depend on the age and ability of the child
    • Approximately 1-2 hours
  1. What happens during the assessment?
    • During the assessment the assessor will ask the child to carry out a range of interesting activities which most children find enjoyable. The activities will look at a wide range of factors that may be hindering the child’s learning experience. A diagnostic assessment should identify learning issues; from this an appropriate programme of support can be implemented.
  1. What’s next after the assessment?
    • After the assessment a meeting will be held with the parents and specialists to discuss further recommendations, curriculum modification, resources and intervention programmes to enhance learning.

 

Speech and Language
  1. What do I need to bring to the assessment?
    • A completed Home Questionnaire and consent form (these will be emailed to you prior to the assessment)
    • Any previous reports from school or other professionals
  1. How long will the assessment last?
    • The assessment session includes a case history meeting with parents, which can last up to an hour. The 1 to 1 assessment with the child lasts 1 to 2 hours.
  1. What happens during the assessment?
    • The Speech and Language Therapist will take a detailed case history from the parents/carers. This helps get a clear idea of how the child communicates in different environments and helps the therapist get a detailed picture of the child’s previous medical and educational history.
    • The Speech and Language Therapist will spend time observing and/or assessing the child using a mixture of formal and informal assessment tools. The therapist will usually look at all three areas of communication during the assessment – expressive language, understanding of language and social use of language.
    • Each assessment is different and tailored to the child’s needs. For some children, several shorter sessions may be needed, while others are able to complete the assessment in one longer session.
  1. What’s next after the assessment?
    • After the assessment the therapist spends time collating all the data, scoring the assessments and writing a written report. A feedback meeting is then arranged to discuss the result of the assessment and to make plans for any intervention that needs to be carried out.