Examples of areas we assess:
- Learning disorders/difficulties including, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.
- Intellectual disability
- Developmental Delays
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (which includes a condition that was known as Aspergers Syndrome)
A typical Assessment for a child will include;
A parents appointment initially, where background, including developmental, medical, educational and behavioural information is gathered. with permission interviews with others e.g. grandparents, school teachers might be carried out.
It is also possible we may want to have some other professionals views, for example; an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist or a Pediatrician. We would discuss this and help facilitate this as we are well linked with great colleagues and easy referral pathways.
Observations– The clinician may carry out a school visit, or come to your home to how your child is in their usual environment.
Based on the findings from above the clinician will determine what diagnostic tools are needed. Sometimes testing is deemed unnecessary or unsuitable at this time. If we go ahead with testing requires standardised internationally approved and up to date tools and questionnaires are used. The assessment may take place over a few days. We aim to get the best out of children, with cognitive assessments we prefer the testing to be done in the morning when they are most alert. Children will be offered sensory and play breaks, even a run around our garden! Rewards are also used to get the best from them.
After testing is complete a formal feedback appointment with parents and child depending on the child’s age is carried out. Feedback to schools can also be provided. A formal report and diagnosis where relevant will be given and recommendations for home and school will be made.
We are familiar with the requirements for the Ministry of Education (MOE) and international schools regarding applications for specialist accommodations e.g. additional time for exams.