When you or your child show any of the below outlined symptoms, it is likely that there is a presence of a specific learning difficulty. In such cases, it is best to seek an assessment to identify the cognitive profile of learning or the difficulties, so that appropriate educational provision can be recommended.   

Signs of specific learning difficulties can be one or more of the following:
  • Finding reading difficult or slow
  • Having problems with writing and spelling
  • Having problems with maths
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Being un-coordinated or clumsy
  • Not liking school
  • Having friendship difficulty
  • Needing extra help
  • Feeling anxious or unhappy
The assessments involve a series of tests to measure potential (IQ), spatial ability, verbal ability, short and long term memory, phonological processing, fluency and retrieval speeds, reading, spelling and numeracy skills.
The results are compared with the normal range of these abilities as expected in that age group.
The following will be included at the assessment process:
  • You will be asked to complete a questionnaire that will provide some background information about the child or yourself
  • If it is a child, information from school will be requested
  • At the assessment time, the psychologist will conduct a series of different tests that give the assessor a full picture of strengths and weaknesses specific to the individuals and in comparison with their age group
  • The tests include verbal and non-verbal problem solving and reasoning, processing speed, fluency and retrieval speeds, phonological awareness, all literacy skills and numeracy skills
  •  The report based on the assessment will offer you a conclusive evaluation of the findings, and will detail recommended educational provision
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