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As a parent, you work very hard to provide your child with opportunities for them to succeed. Sometimes your child’s school performance might not be going as planned. This leaves many parents in a state of worry, frustration and uncertainty. This is where an educational psychological assessment can help.
The stress about your child’s progress at school can cause unnecessary pressure. It can even cause a breakdown in the relationship with your child. This often makes the whole family feel helpless, frustrated, a little lost. Some parents even (unnecessarily) feel that they might have done something wrong.
There are so many factors that can influence your child’s learning. For instance this can include:
- Their emotional wellbeing
- Undiagnosed learning difficulties
- Behaviours at school and home
- Even lack of sleep
If not investigated, it can lead to unnecessary conflict, self-blame and frustration.
As an educational psychologist, I am passionate and driven to help people live up to their full potential and designing the lives that they want. Thus, I regularly use educational psychological assessments to help my clients and families figure out what are the obstacles to their success.
What is an educational psychological assessment?
An educational psychological assessment is a formal assessment process that measures skills related to a person or a child’s educational and psychological areas of functioning.
During an assessment, I use a variety of formal (standardised) and informal (qualitative) tools to answer the questions my clients might have about their child’s functioning.
More specifically part of this global assessment process is to measure a client’s domains of functioning. In other words, I try to find any factors that might influence a person’s scholastic progress.
I don’t just measure the educational and psychological domains but rather anything that might impact it. Like your child’s emotions and social realities.
As part of the testing process, I aim to gather as much information as possible. For this reason, I ask a child’s teacher(s) and parents to complete forms related to a child’s developmental background, behaviours and academic progress.
The educational psychological assessments itself occurs typically over two days and takes about 5 hours.
It is essential for me to establish a good working relationship with my clients before the assessment process starts. Normally, the first few minutes of the assessment is used to build rapport and to make sure the person being assessed is comfortable.