Educational and Cognitive Assessments

What do we assess?

We provide assessments of dyslexia and learning difficulties including reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, and mathematics.

Screening versus formal diagnostic assessments?

Screening assessments provide a brief overview of a student’s or adult’s learning ability using a range of standardised assessments. Screening assessments are suitable to establish individual learning plans.

Formal diagnosis of Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties requires a Cognitive and Educational assessment to be undertaken by an Educational Psychologist in partnership with our team.

Dyslexia Checklist

A checklist is an informal tool and it cannot alone cannot replace a professional assessment, however a checklist may be a helpful starting point for many who are considering whether they should proceed to undertake a screening or further formal assessment.

Cognitive and Educational assessment

The goal of a cognitive and educational assessment is to obtain an accurate profile of the individual’s academic strengths and weaknesses, intellectual functioning, including visual and auditory processing capabilities, memory and reasoning skills, to assist in developing strategies and make recommendations for school and home.

Learning Difficulties

The following is a list of symptoms of learning difficulties and dyslexia.

  • Difficulty acquiring and using oral and written language
  • Difficulty in phonological awareness, including segmenting, blending and manipulating sounds in words
  • Slow, inaccurate laboured reading.
  • Difficulty acquiring age appropriate sight words
  • Difficulty learning to spell accurately
  • Limited reading comprehension due to weak decoding and/or word recognition and fluency skills
  • Weak memory for lists, directions, or facts
  • Needs to see or hear concepts many times to learn them
  • Downward trend in achievement test scores or school performance

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