What is a learning disability assessment?
A psycho-educational assessment assesses for a learning disability by providing an understanding of intellectual abilities and educational achievement abilities whilst screening for potential difficulties that may be impacting upon a child’s ability to learn or retain information.
What is involved in a psycho-educational assessment?
- Initial interview with the parent(s) and child
- Discussion with the child’s school or school observation
- Test batteries such as an IQ test, Achievement test and/or Sensory-Motor test
Why would my child need a psycho-educational assessment?
- Suspected learning disability
- Difficulties with attention
- Suspected ADHD
- Understanding about cognitive strengths and weaknesses
- To determine giftedness or intellectual disability
- To determine eligibility for school support
- Determine appropriate educational recommendations
- As part of investigation into behavioural/social or emotional difficulties
What does testing measure?
Depending upon the question(s) asked, different tests and different sub-tests are used. However, typically the following information is gathered from each test.
- IQ (or cognitive) test will give an indication of:
- Overall IQ
- Verbal Ability
- Processing Speed
- Cognitive Efficiency
- Visual-spatial thinking
- Visual-auditory abilities
- Achievement test will give an indication of:
- Oral language
- Academic knowledge
- Sensory-Motor Battery will give an indication of:
- A persons ability to organise, identify and interpret sensory and motor information in order to understand the world
- Questionnaires will vary depending upon the reason for testing. Typically, questionnaires may ask about behaviour, attention, anxiety and general mental health.
How many appointments does it take?
- Appointment 1: Initial interview (90 minutes)
- Appointment 2: Testing appointment 1 (3 hours)
- Appointment 3: Testing appointment 2 (2 hours)
- Appointment 4: Report feedback and recommendations appointment (50 minutes)
How long will it take for the report to be written?
- Two weeks from the last testing appointment