Educational and Neuropsychological Assessments
Many children struggle with school-work and homework, and this can have a big impact on their achievement, self-esteem and behaviour. Over time this can begin to dominate the child’s school day, work and their relationships with the adults who support their learning.
A detailed assessment of their cognitive (thinking) skills is always useful in identifying how best children learn and what might be getting in the way of them progressing. Knowing each child’s strengths and weaknesses is essential if we are going to know how to support each child.
Dr Hohnen is also experienced at identifying neurodevelopmental difficulties, where a child’s development is considered atypical such as autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyscalculia.
Parents may request an assessment, but often they are referred by the child’s teacher or perhaps a health professional. Reasons for obtaining an assessment may include a child having trouble learning to read, struggling with maths, seeming to be much better able to express themselves verbally than in written format, struggling with friendships or experiencing behavioural or emotional problems.
When do I know if I should get my child assessed?
This can be hard to define. A conversation with a professional who knows your child well will often be helpful. Usually if the child is struggling at school, an assessment will be helpful. Certainly, the earlier specific learning problems are identified, the more the child can get the help or remediation they need. In general, if the child is experiencing any of the following you should consider an evaluation:
- Academic weaknesses that stand out from peers. This may be a weakness in one skill compared to another, or may be difficulty in acquiring basic literacy or numeracy.
- Poor attention or concentration a classroom situation.
- A marked deterioration in academic success over time.
- Problems in self-organisation or inflexibility.
- Behaviour problems that are either a problem for the child or for others – including externalising difficulties such as trouble-making, or internalising difficulties such as being quiet or seeming upset.
If in doubt, please get in touch and Dr Hohnen can give her opinion as to whether it will help.
What does the assessment involve?
The child will be seen for a one-to-one assessment session. This takes 2-3 hours.
Parents and (if available) teachers will be asked to complete questionnaires regarding the child’s development and achievement. Sensitive informal feedback will be given immediately to both parent and the child afterwards and consultation will be arranged with the child’s teacher/school if appropriate.
A detailed report will be produced including thoughtful, practical and individualised recommendations. A flat fee is charged. Please contact Dr Hohnen for full details of the charging scheme.
Dr Hohnen carries out diagnostic assessments including assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These are run as part of a clinic with other colleagues.
Below are fact sheets with information on a range of conditions. Please click on the PDF to open the file to read more.