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A Cognitive/Educational assessment involves completing a full-scale IQ assessment (for the cognitive component) and an academic achievement test (for the educational component). Results from both are compared across same aged peers across Australia and provide information on strengths and weaknesses across the different areas of intelligence, an overall IQ score, as well assessing performance in literacy (reading, comprehension, spelling, written expression), oral expression and mathematics. In combination, these assessments help us to evaluate how an individual child’s strengths and weaknesses relate to their academic performance and identify whether they meet criteria for a diagnosis of a Specific Learning Disorder (formally known as Dyslexia / Dysgraphia / Dyscalculia) and therefore require extra funding and support in the classroom setting.

 

These assessments are:

  • Evidence based and comprehensive

  • Providing a profile of an individual’s cognitive strengths and difficulties

  • Identifying learning needs and guiding personalised learning

  • Supporting access to learning support services in an educational setting

  • Helping to identify whether a child is suited to a gifted and talented program

  • Providing evidence to support specific applications (eg. for special provisions in formal exam settings)

  • Providing recommendations to support the individual’s learning environment at home and school.

 

Cognitive/Educational assessments require an initial (parent/carer) interview (30-50 minutes), two 2-hour sessions in person with the child, and a 30-45 minute feedback session during which a comprehensive report is explained and given to the parent or carer. 

COGNITIVE / EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS