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ASSESSMENTS

Children are generally referred for an assessment when there is some area of concern made by their parents or their school. Assessments are tools which are able to help the parents, school or caregivers understand what may be going on for the child concerned. It provides detailed information on the child’s cognitive, educational, neurodevelopmental and emotional functioning and can assist in providing a full picture of a child’s strengths and challenges. Working with these findings can help a child work to their full potential.

Psychoeducational Assessments

Psychoeducational assessments are suitable for children who are attending school and provide a holistic view on your child’s educational, emotional, neurodevelopmental and cognitive functioning. It provides a holistic picture of a child’s functioning in the school setting and highlights not only possible areas of difficulties but also a child’s strengths. Appropriate recommendations will be made depending on the findings.

Concessions and Accomodation Assessments

This assessment is quite specific and is generally done by the request of schools, educational departments and the IEB. Numerous concessions or accomodations can be used during examinations depending on the difficulties which have been identified. Some examples would be extra time, rest breaks, use of a computer, a reader, a scribe, and enlarged print. The assessment will give an overview of a child’s educational, emotional, neurodevelopmental and cognitive functioning. Learners need to be assessed in order to obtain accomodations and they need to present with an average intellectual ability. The accomodations made depend on the overall findings of the assessment.

School Readiness Assessments

It is important to know whether your child will be able to cope in a school environment and whether they are “school ready”. This assessment will provide an overall picture of how your child is currently coping and provide a picture on how well they may cope in a formal school environment. This assessment will look at a child’s physical well-being and motor development, their social and emotional development, their cognition and general knowledge, language development, and approaches to learning. All of these domains are good predictors of how one will cope in a formal learning environment. Appropriate recommendations will be made once an overall picture has been made.

Griffiths Developmental Assessments

Developmental assessment is used to assess a child’s current level of development in relation to children of the same age. This assessment is suitable for children from 0 – 8 years of age and it is used to measure six areas of development: locomotor, personal-social, language and hearing, eye and hand coordination, performance, and practical reasoning. It provides an indication of whether a child’s development is currently age appropriate, and should any areas of concern be identified, recommendations for intervention will help to address these delays.

Career Assessments

Career assessments help an individual to identify career opportunities suitable to their personal attributes. This assessment will take the following aspects into consideration when identifying suitable career options: aptitude, interests, values, and personal characteristics.

Emotional Assessments

An Emotional assessment is used to understand an individual’s conscious and unconscious emotional states in relation to themselves, the way they experience their world, as well as their family environment. Emotional assessments are often used when a parent is concerned about their child’s emotional or behavioural state. They may also be used in conjunction with a psychoeducational assessment in order to identify whether a child’s academic difficulties are a result of emotional stressors as opposed to cognitive difficulties.

Cognitive Assessments

A Cognitive assessment is used to assess an individual’s overall intellectual ability, as well as identify areas of strength and weakness. This assessment is commonly used for children who face areas of academic difficulty. In identifying these key areas, we can begin to help a child address these areas of difficulty while building on their strengths.

PLAY THERAPY

Promoting Emotional Wellbeing

Play Therapy is a form of individual psychotherapy for children that aims to treat a range of emotional and behavioural concerns. Children are often referred for Play Therapy by teachers or parents when concerns regarding a child’s emotional state or behaviour have been identified. Or when a child has experienced a trauma that may require counselling.

Children use Play Therapy as a way of communicating and expressing their conscious and unconscious emotional states in relation to themselves and the way they experience their world. For children toys are often used as their words and play can be seen as their language. Play therapy helps to understand a child’s emotional state and can provide support for both child and parents to assist in promoting emotional well-being.

STUDY SKILLS

Our study skills program helps learners identify their areas of strength and weakness in terms of their current study techniques, as well as providing them with an array of study methods that suits their personal learning style and preferences. The program focuses on aspects such as motivation, study environment, learning styles, study techniques and how to apply these techniques to their own work. The program is offered to individuals as well as groups of learners.

Parent and Teacher Talks

We have a multidisciplinary team consisting of Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and Remedial Therapists who are available for talks. Parent and teacher talks are conducted at your school in order to ensure convenience for the participants. The topic of the talks can be tailored to your specific needs, although a few popular topics include:

 

  • Identifying Emotional and Behavioural Concerns
  • Emotional Development
  • Discipline and Boundaries
  • Parenting in the Digital Age
  • Anxiety in Children
  • Study Skills
  • How to Optimise your Time with your Children