Educational and Dyslexia Assessment Services Offered
At How I Learn, we don’t think “one size fits all” when it comes to the assessment process.
Each assessment is tailored to the individual, based on their area of concern and the reason for referral. As clinical psychologists, we have training in and access to a wide range of the very latest standardised assessment tools. As well as being able to assess cognitive and academic skills, we can also screen for other concerns that may be impacting on learning – such as emotional or behavioural factors.
While each assessment is individualised, there are some things our assessments have in common. For example, we:
- listen thoroughly to your concerns before we start the assessment
- break the assessment into manageable bites, to reduce the effects of fatigue or boredom
- provide a comprehensive written report that includes:
- a dot-point summary of key information
- an explanation of the findings (not just a bunch of scores)
- recommendations based on the child or adult’s specific learning profile and the needs we have identified
We will also meet with you to feed back our findings and discuss what they mean. Our aim is for you to go away with clarity, not confusion!
The Process - What to expect
After receiving an enquiry, our first point of contact is usually a phone call. This is the opportunity for us to work out if the kind of concern you have matches the services we offer. If we can’t help you, we will do our best to refer you on to someone who can.
During this call, we start to note down information we need for the assessment. We will either complete a background interview during that initial phone call, or make a time to talk by phone closer to the assessment date. If the assessment is for a child, parents can expect to carry out that background interview on behalf of the child. In the case of an adult, the background interview will be carried out with the person themselves. Next, we will ask you to send through copies of school reports, examples of work, or other background information that can help us understand your concerns. We will then book a time for you to come in to our office for the face to face part of the assessment. Once all of that is completed, we will email you through an appointment confirmation which has all the details of where to come and what to expect on the day.
On the day of the assessment, parents are invited to stay long enough to ensure their child is settled. We have a comfortable waiting room, so you will then be free to either stay and make yourself a cup of tea, or head away while we assess the child individually. Most parents are able to head away within 10 minutes or so, once the child has had a chance to get to know us a bit.
Each assessment session is likely to take 3-4 hours, plus breaks, so it is important that you have a snack and a drink on hand. Assessments are hard work and it is vital to keep the brain fueled! Assessments involve a range of activities, but may include tasks on an iPad, pencil and paper activities and responding to questions verbally. Depending on the kind of assessment, we may need more than one session. After each assessment session we will give you an update on what we have done and what is left to do.
At some time during the process (usually before the face to face session), we would aim to talk to other important people, such as a teacher or employer – but only if consent has been given to do so.
Once the assessment is complete and the report is written up, we will get back in touch to arrange a feedback session. We are also available after the feedback session for questions by phone or email.