Educational and diagnostic assessments for children
Each child is unique and has their own set of talents. However, if you’re wondering if your child may have a learning difficulty, an in-depth educational assessment can confirm or absolve your suspicions.
themindspace education is specifically focused on providing educational and diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents. Once they have a diagnosis, children can then go on to get the support they need to boost their confidence and academic performance.
Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive and customised assessments that are guided by the specific areas of need and concern.
Conditions We Assess
themindspace educational assessment specialists look to diagnose cognitive, emotional, and behavioural difficulties in children and adolescents including:
- Specific Learning Disorders
- (Reading Disorder – Dyslexia)
- (Mathematics Disorder – Dyscalculia)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Language Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Intellectual Disability
- Anxiety and Depression
Although the assessment process can be tailor-made for each individual, an outline of a typical process is provided below.
During the initial interview, you will meet with the assessing psychologist who will talk about your concerns regarding your child.
By providing relevant background information and previously obtained reports and assessments, we are able to tailor the assessment process to your needs.
Most often children are not required at this initial interview as it allows parents and carers to speak openly about their concerns and their hopes for the assessment process.
Depending on the age of your child and the specific concerns, there are times when a school observation is recommended.
This typically involves the assessing psychologist organising to visit your child’s school in order to observe them within a school context.
This also provides an opportunity to meet with the teacher and gain insight into how they are functioning within the classroom and playground.
Our assessing psychologists have also worked as school teachers and so are particularly comfortable engaging with schools and teachers.
The assessment process is typically a two hour period of face-to-face interaction with the psychologist.
During this time a number of standardised tests are completed. The most commonly used tests are the Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children (WISC-V) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III).
These tests allow us to assess cognitive functioning and better understand your child’s academic performance, identifying possible learning difficulties.
Our therapists are caring and patient so your child doesn’t feel as though they are in a high-pressure environment.
Educational Assessment Feedback
The feedback session is the final appointment where a completed assessment report is provided and this is discussed in detail.
At themindspace, we are passionate about ensuring that the report you leave with makes sense to you. We also have experience working with schools and collaborating with educators to achieve the best possible outcomes.
It is crucial that you understand the information in the report and also that the provided recommendations make sense, are evidence-based, and are achievable.