Why assess 2 -7 year olds?
Young children are born curious and with an innate capacity to learn and problem solve. At this age standardised assessment can identify learning difficulties, challenges or giftedness early. This can significantly impact the ability of your child to positively and productively engage throughout their school life.
Formal cognitive assessments such as a WPPSI-IV and achievement test including the WIAT can be used in the following ways:
When a paediatrician or doctor has recommended one
To assess school readiness
To identify suspected learning challenges or giftedness and related support strategies
To identify reasons for slow progress or development in a learning context
To understand a child's pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses as well as possible areas for development.
Standardised and formal assessments enable you to gain an insight into your child's capabilities compared to a sample of age-matched peers.
This approach is available to young children based in Brisbane and can be facilitated at your preferred location (school, pre-school, home) or in consulting rooms near Brisbane city.
A report is provided including recommendations to support a child's challenges and extend their areas of strength.
“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
Why assess 8 -18 year olds?
Around the age of 8 children begin to develop what can be referred to as a 'learning identity or self-concept'.
You may hear your child make statements such as "I'm dumb, I hate maths, or I'm bored at school'. Additionally they may struggle with a cognitive challenge such as Dyslexia.
Each of these statements and diagnoses begins the formation of a belief about their capacity as a learner, which can negatively impact a child's capacity to engage at school and learn.
It is critically important that young people are able to recognise the ways in which they prefer to learn and engage in learning. Informal assessment is a way to assess this and can be a pre-cursor or conducted subsequent to a formal assessment.
Informal assessment provides a positive-psychology and strength-based approach to identify learning challenges rather than a deficit model. A strength-based approach helps a child identify their learning preferences and ways they like to engage in the learning process. Discover why you child may experience particular challenges or identify reasons for boredom or frustration with learning.
This assessment method is available online via face-to-face Zoom sessions and includes interview, survey and assessment to elicit a child's pattern of learning preferences. A report with recommendations and strategies is provided.
"Learning how to learn through self-control, self-discipline, perseverance and determination outweighs IQ as a predictor of post-secondary academic success among children"