Welcome to my practice
As an educational psychologist, my focus is on helping children or young people who are experiencing problems within an educational setting with the aim of enhancing their learning.
Challenges may include social or emotional problems or learning difficulties. My focus is on helping my client and I provide additional support by further advising teachers, parents, therapists and other professionals. Today, perhaps more than ever, assessing students’ knowledge and skills is a central issue in schools.
I work with clients from 3 months through childhood and the teenage years to adults, who are still involved in studying.
An assessment will take a number of different forms depending on the needs of the client and the reason for the assessment, though I do offer a short screening assessment to determine the need for further intervention or investigation.
However, it must be noted that there is a considerable overlap between the characteristics and occurrence of developmental disorders and one disorder can also mimic another. Considerable experience and expertise is needed to make a differential diagnosis.
Psychoeducational testing is an opportunity for acute observation combined with the use of standardised tests and questionnaires in an effort to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses across many areas of functioning and attributes. It is conducted on an individual basis and the optimal one-on-one testing environment allows for the examinee’s level of effort to be monitored providing more valid estimates of the individual’s skills as compared to group-administered tests.
Often, a child’s performances will be better in an individual testing situation than his/her performances in the classroom. However, it is important to remember that the purpose of individualised testing is to provide the most valid estimates of the child’s actual skill levels. In an uncontrolled environment, such as the classroom, many extraneous factors (e.g., visual and auditory distractions) can prevent a child from performing optimally.
Essentially then an assessment is the process of collecting information that will be used to form opinions and make decisions concerning the assessed individual. It is a general term used to refer to all methods that appraise a person’s performance and abilities.