Many children and adolescents experience learning problems. Scholastic assessments are designed to determine the individual’s emotional and academic strengths / weaknesses in order to establish an effective intervention programme to ensure that full potential is realised. A psycho-educational assessment can provide critical information about your child’s learning ability/disability,allowing both parents and educators to adapt accordingly.
Children who find school a frustrating and unpleasant experience can be classified as having a learning disability. This is usually because they become frustrated with the results achieved versus the effort put in. Children who fail to achieve feel inferior to their peers and this creates a high stress situation. If left unattended, the sense of failure to achieve may develop into serious emotional issues.
Problems with academics and/or behaviour difficulties at school include:
- Speech and/or language problems
- Dyslexia / Dysgraphia / Dyscalculia
- Hearing or vision disability
- Attention deficit with or without hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Emotional difficulties
- Depression / Anxiety
Assessment results will include:
- Verbal and hearing abilities – vocabulary, reasoning with words, quantitative and abstract reasoning, listening, memory and the processing information through vocal channels. It also identifies visual abilities – reasoning (real and abstract), sequencing and processing, motor sensory skills and alertness. The test will determine a child’s ability to memorise and process.
- Academic abilities – reading, spelling, writing, basic numeracy and reasoning, audio comprehension and oral expression.
- Emotional level – a discussion is held with the parents to focus on the child’s history: birth and development, health, ability to pay attention, hyperactivity, emotional concerns and social development.
The benefits to undertaking effective scholastic assessments include:
- Ability to monitor and document child/adolescent’s progress over time
- Identification of individual capability and constructive application of remedy
- Instruction is matched to each child/adolescent’s strengths and weaknesses
- Enhanced confidence levels as the child/adolescent grows and develops
- Identification of the need for further or increased levels of instruction – individual tutoring or remedial programmes
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