I have over 17 years of experience working with children and young people. My earlier work as a school teacher gave me a strong background and understanding about how children learn. After finishing my Masters in Psychology, I worked within the Department of Education and learned to use a range of assessments and interventions for children with cognitive, physical, social and emotional and or behavioural issues.
Additionally, I have many years experience working with children and teens providing therapy. What can I say? I love working with children and I’m good at it! That’s why if you’re concerned about your child’s schooling, I am the perfect person to help.
Psycho-educational assessments provide information about the way an individual’s brain learns and solves problems, and assesses their academic progress.
The goal of a psycho-educational assessment is to identify areas of strength and weakness so that recommendations can be made as to how to best engage your child in their learning. This includes identifying gifted students, so appropriate learning activities can be developed to keep them motivated in the classroom.
Sometimes a Specific Learning Disorder, such as Dyslexia or Dyscalculia can be diagnosed, and then your child may be eligible for extra support at school.
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness and reading comprehension.
Dyscalculia is a specific learning disorder in maths. Kids with dyscalculia may have difficulty understanding number-related concepts or using symbols or functions needed for success in mathematics. It’s not as well known or understood as dyslexia, but some experts believe it’s just as common.
These assessments can also provide the official verification that children with an intellectual disability require to access the support they need.
Some indicators that your child may benefit from a psycho-eductional assessment include: