Assessment of Cognitive Abilities & Educational Skills:
Children develop at very different rates and this process is not linear. However, there may be times when the child's limitations become more pronounced and concerning, which may precipitate an assessment.
Academic underachievement has significant long term implications, including the way a child perceives themselves. This is often carried into adulthood. This process can be interrupted.
Educational and neuropsychological assessment involves administering a series of standardised tests that measure the performance of different areas of the brain. The results are considered in the context of a child's behaviour, history and the presenting questions. Through looking at the pattern of results and how the young person responds to tasks in the context of other information gathered, it is possible to understand areas of limitation that contribute to or create particular difficulties.
The assessment process allows a detailed understanding of a child's strengths and weaknesses, which makes it possible to develop an intervention plan that is personalised and based on what the research tells us works.
Understanding the pattern of results can be a powerful way of understanding difficulties whilst also enabling a young person's true academic potential and emotional well-being to be promoted. The assessment process will always aim to enhance a parents' capacity to respond to their child's developmental and related emotional needs.
Depending on the questions raised, testing considers overall intellectual ability, visual-perceptual skills, ability to coordinate vision with movement, motor coordination, receptive and expressive language skills, learning and memory, planning, organisational skills together with attention. An assessment of educational skills (literacy and numeracy) is always included to identify academic progress, together with any areas of weakness.
Lucy is a certified assessor of the Qb, which is a highly sensitive measure of attention control.