If you are concerned that you/your child has a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, then a full diagnostic assessment should be carried out as a delay can result in negative self-esteem and a decrease in confidence due to them/you not understanding their/your difficulties. I offer assessments from 7 years through to adults. I also offer workplace assessments and recommendations. The assessment can be used to apply for Disability Student Allowance (DSA) for those who will be attending university. The assessment can also support an application for an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).
I also offer dyspraxia assessments (from 17 years of age) and maths assessments including a dyscalculia screening (from 7 years of age), both of which can be included in the full diagnostic assessment.
Studies have demonstrated that obtaining results from a full diagnostic assessment can increase your child’s/your self-esteem as they/you can finally explain their/your difficulties. In time, they/you can begin to understand that they/you have a different thinking and learning style. The findings from a diagnostic report can provide benefits such as identifying strengths and weaknesses and suggestions for access to exam arrangements. The report also provides an extensive list of learning recommendations tailored to your child/ your learning needs, as well as providing further help and resources. These studies clearly show that early identification and intervention are important to support your child’s/your learning needs.
The first step in a diagnostic assessment is a consultation which involves discussing your child’s/ your developmental and educational history. Gathering this background information is vital for the assessment and supports the diagnosis. Once the consultation has taken place, the assessment can be booked.
The assessment includes a range of cognitive, underlying (intelligence) ability, and literacy tests. If needed, other tests can also be included. The tests used are standardised and comprehensive. Once the assessment has taken place, the results will be analysed and written into a full, confidential report.
Depending on the results, your child/you could be eligible for access to exam arrangements. This means they/you could receive:
Assessments usually take between 2-3 hours and can take place in my home, your home or your workplace.
Depending on where you live, travelling expenses may be added to the initial cost of the assessment.