A psychological assessment provides a detailed and objective measurement of the child's abilities and potential. It also forms the basis of designing an appropriate programme to help the child. It helps in identifying methods of learning, intervention, short and long term objectives and the learning material to be used.
No two dyslexics are the same, so an assessment is vital to design a programme exclusively to suit the needs of each child.
Children between the ages of 7.5 years can undergo the full assessment for the diagnosis for dyslexia.
A comprehensive assessment is administered by Qualified Specialists and is based on:
- Samples of the child's school work and free writing
- Background information provided by the parents/ primary caregiver
- Standarised IQ test (approximately 2 hrs)
- Standardised test to assess the current educational level of the child (approximately 2 hrs)
At the end of this process, a detailed report is given to the parent. The parent is explained as to how the scores and results have been interpreted.
In case the child does not have a Specific Learning Disability, the counselor can recommend other ways to help the child at home or any other organisation whose services are more appropriate. The information in the evaluation is sufficiently detailed and comprehensive to be used by the other organisation.
What are the benefits of an Assessment?
Provides useful information about the child's cognitive abilities, memory and other skills needed for literacy.
The nature and extent of the difficulties faced by the child can be determined. This can be shared with the child's teachers at school, to help them address the child's needs.
It can help identify the strengths a child has which he/she can use to learn more effectively.
It can help aligning teaching to learning.