Assessment

We can arrange an assessment for children (from age 7 upwards),  and adults (including university students) with an HCPC registered educational psychologist.  The fee covers the consultation, assessment and a full report with recommendations for support where appropriate. 

The assessment takes two or three hours and the report is normally available within two to three weeks.

Children 

We advise parents that the report is theirs and they should take it to their child’s school and discuss it with the SENCO / Special Needs or Class teacher.  It is a reasonable expectation that the recommendations are used to provide appropriate support to benefit the child’s educational progress.

University Students

We advise any university student to contact Student Services on your campus. Sometimes they will contribute to the cost of an assessment.

Adults

Please advise us if you have ever been assessed before. Employers often assist employees with the cost of the assessment and this is worth looking into.

Children Under 7

For a parent/teacher of a child under the age of 7, there is time from the early years in school  to identify how the child acquires new skills and to determine the specific areas of difficulty. We offer a facility for parents of children under 7 to have a consultation with a senior tutor at the centre. We can advise on teaching materials and strategies that you can use to help support your child at home.

Status of Educational Psychology Assessment Reports

Here are some views on private educational psychology assessments from professional bodies:-

“In terms of privately commissioned educational psychology reports, both the schools and the Educational Psychology Service have a duty to pay attention to these and to examine any recommendations arising from them” British Psychological Society

“……….., the JCQ recommends that SENCos and assessors working within the (exam) centre should always carefully consider any privately commissioned assessment to see whether the process of gathering a picture of need, demonstrating normal way of working……….. ” PATOSS & JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) 2019/2020.

From our perspective, at the NI Dyslexia Centre, schools have a duty of care to use the information in the report and to take it into account when arranging educational support. The principal intention of an independent educational psychology report is to identify need and to provide helpful information to child’s teachers.  

Dyscalculia

A standard Educational Psychology assessment covers a range of difficulties, one of which is dyscalculia.

Dyspraxia

A standard Educational Psychology assessment may note possible signs of dyspraxia. If so, the psychologist will recommend full assessment by a Paediatric Occupational Therapist.

Please contact assessments@nidyslexiacentre.co.uk  to book an assessment.

 

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