ASSESSMENTS

Cognitive Assessment

This assessment is ideal for when parents or teachers are concerned that a child is struggling with certain academic areas such as reading or spelling or maths, despite having had plenty of support at home and in school. Attainment testing and cognitive assessment is used to identify strengths and weaknesses across a learning profile.  

Onward referral to SLT or OT services may be recommended following screening for motor skills and language needs.   

Results are interpreted to inform diagnosis of SLD such as Dyslexia, or GLD such as M/GLD.  

Comprehensive Psycho-Educational Assessment

This type of assessment looks at a child’s level of learning ability compared to other children their age and is best suited for when there are concerns about delayed learning or atypical learning. This type of assessment is also ideal when there are concerns about social and emotional development and concentration and attention.  This assessment also screens for ADHD or ASD and onward referral to MDT may be necessary.  Adaptive functioning skills can also be assessed this is particularly useful when considering school placements or units or transitioning between schools.

All assessments generally include a referral session, an assessment session and feedback session. Phone meetings are possible for some sessions in the case of scheduling difficulties and public health restrictions. 

Attainment testing

DARE applications: Current literacy and numeracy attainments statement, where there is already a valid cognitive assessment

Why Assess?

  1. To inform transition planning from primary to secondary school, from pre school to primary school etc.
  2. To support applications for Irish exemptions, State Exam Accommodations (RACE) and access to higher level (DARE).
  3. Provides a school with a student specific profile of learning strengths and need so SEN support in school can be appropriately designed for that students needs
  4. Psycho-Educational assessments play a very important role in identifying Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, as well General Learning Difficulties, Intellectual Disability and Giftedness.
  5. Onward referral to specialist services for concerns about speech disorders, motor skills disorders, Autism, ADHD etc. are also an important part of the assessment process 
  6. Improving understanding of concentration, attention and motivation difficulties. 
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