Educational Psychology Assessment
Why an Educational Assessment?
An educational assessment identifies and clarifies the nature of any difficulties with learning, provides practical advice and strategies, and suggests the best supports to foster abilities and tackle challenges.
Assessments are focussed on the individual, so recommendations made are based on a person's unique profile of abilities.
Following assessment, a comprehensive report is prepared and an optional follow-up meeting means an individual has an up-to-date and accurate analysis of their learning and information on recommended resources to make the most of future learning opportunities, whether in school, further education or the workplace.
Children and Young People
Ideally, young people find learning a rewarding and interesting journey of discovery and self-development.
For some however, the experience does not come easily and making progress feels much harder than it does for peers or siblings. This can feel lonely and disheartening for a child or teenager.
Sometimes the opposite is true: a young person's difficulties at school may be due to giftedness. Their abilities do not tally with their peers and unless their learning needs are properly understood their potential is not explored or fulfilled. Understandably, the child experiences frustration which can affect their school experience and levels of achievement.
Situations like these are where assessment by an educational psychologist can be extremely useful in determining the nature and extent of any difficulties and providing clear and practical advice to help. A full assessment – of cognitive skills and achievement levels (in maths and literacy) provides a profile of abilities across many skills and clearly demonstrates whether a young person is achieving at the expected level for their abilities, age and stage and whether giftedness, a specific difficulty (such as dyslexia or dyscalculia) or more general learning difficulties are indicated.
Assessment results and advice following assessment of a child or young person's learning can help teachers to understand the difficulties that a pupil might have - for example, in remembering information for calculations in mental maths or following multi-step instructions - and take this into account in daily classroom activities and teaching methods.
Perhaps as an adult you seek answers to frustrations or questions about your own learning.
It is common for adults to look back on their school experience and feel that something was holding them back or getting in the way of their learning. This "something" has persisted into adulthood, making it harder to function or perform certain tasks in the work place, further education or aspects of daily life which assume certain skills such as organisational ability, writing speed, or reading fluency.
Assessment by an educational psychologist helps you to gain a clear understanding of how you learn and why you may be experiencing difficulties in certain areas. Specific difficulties such as dyslexia or dyscalculia can be identified and findings used to help in the workplace or in further education, where some simple adjustments can make a great difference to your level of success.
Often it comes as a relief to finally have an explanation for a suspected learning problem (such as dyslexia, for example) and to receive guidance on the way forward. This can be the start of a much more positive journey through learning and through life in general.
What happens in an Educational Psychology Assessment?
Following your enquiry and a discussion about your concerns, an assessment can be agreed.
You will be asked to fill in and submit the background questionnaire or if preferred, details can be taken in person or during a discussion over the phone.
Assessment takes place in the psychologist's office or at your own home (depending on where you live there may be travel costs).
The length of time taken for assessment is tailored to the individual. Usually it takes about two to three hours (there will be breaks!). Sometimes it is better to split the assessment into two sessions but if this is needed the cost remains the same.
Children and adults alike engage easily with the assessment process. Educational assessment is tailored to an individual's specific needs and sensitively administered in a relaxed environment. Every effort is made to ensure the individual feels at ease and able to provide the most realistic view of their abilities and difficulties. The process is unthreatening and designed to focus on strengths rather than labour on a difficulty.
Assessment consists of a series of tests/ puzzles which assess all the key areas of learning such as working memory, verbal skills, information processing ability, and so on. The key aspects of literacy and numeracy can also be fully assessed.
Assessment materials used are approved, up to date and recognised tests only available to qualified psychologists. These tests assess the key areas of intelligence and a pattern of strengths and difficulties emerges to explain or confirm the reasons for a learning difficulty. Once strengths are identified, these can be used to help overcome any relative weaknesses.
As assessment is so comprehensive, it is ideal for identifying a range of problems including dyslexia (literary difficulties), dyscalculia (numeric difficulties), dyspraxia (coordination and planning difficulties), and dysgraphia (writing difficulties). It will also highlight problems with processing speed, working memory, verbal reasoning, visual and spatial skills and more.
A fully comprehensive formal report with analysis of scores and recommendations is then prepared by the psychologist.
Following receipt of the report, if desired, there is an opportunity for a follow up meeting to discuss findings, at no extra cost.
The report can be shared with schools, further education establishments and employers to help maximize learning performance in either education or the workplace. Often some simple but important adjustments such as extra time in exams, additional technology, subject input or study skills are critical to, for example, a person's level of productivity in the workplace, or a young person's engagement and attainments at school.
In summary, assessment by an educational psychologist can help greatly to solve the puzzle around a person's learning and offer a way forward for their education and overall wellbeing.
Full psychological assessment of cognitive profile and educational achievement: £500
Cognitive profile only: £300
Educational Achievement Assessment only: £200
* These costs include a full formal report and optional follow-up meeting.
* Half the fee is due at time of Assessment and remainder due on completion of report.
If you would like to know more, or discuss arranging an assessment please get in touch with Jane Pentland through the website contact form.
You can also contact Jane directly for more information:
Mobile: 07908 222706
Landline: 0131 629 4977