Does your child struggle with reading, spelling or writing? Have you noticed that if you do not say something a certain way, your child does not understand you? Do they mix up letters or jumble their sentences? Perhaps they have trouble with numbers, time, symbols or maths? Do they have trouble copying from the blackboard or often become frustrated in the classroom environment? Have you noticed that your child has child appears bright but has much difficulty putting their thoughts on paper?
If so, they may suffer from a specific learning disorder such as dysgraphia, dyscalculia or dyslexia.
Learning difficulties can severely hinder learning and enjoyment of school and the education experience. If you suspect your child has a learning disorder, there’s only one way to know for sure: a comprehensive educational assessment, which may include dysgraphia, dyscalculia or dyslexia testing.
The psychoeducational assessment includes:
- Initial consultation to review academic, social and family history;
- Cognitive Intelligence test: the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V) evaluates a variety of abilities and skills that are considered to be a part of “intelligence”;
- Standardised achievement academic test: the WIAT-II/III is used as an assessment tool to provide a measure of current achievement levels in literacy and mathematics;
- Other relevant assessment tools such the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (Second Edition), which assesses phonological awareness, phonological memory and verbal fluency/rapid naming.
Educational assessments can identify underlying learning issues and provide recommendations. If you suspect your child has a learning disorder, it is important to get a psychoeducational assessment as soon as possible.
Book an educational assessment in an educational psychology clinic in Adelaide now, and help your child achieve their fullest potential!