My professional assessments

Assessments are about more than just administering a battery of tests to clients. My professional assessment includes:

⦁ Demographic information
⦁ Medical information
⦁ Personal history
⦁ Collateral information from schools (where relevant and provided)
⦁ Collateral information from professionals and therapists
⦁ Interview with client and parent/guardian

The intention of the assessment process is:

⦁ To provide a diagnosis for specific areas of difficulty that require intervention
⦁ To assess a particular area of functioning or disability, often for school settings
⦁ To provide career development counselling
⦁ To monitor progress once a diagnosis made and intervention has occurred
⦁ To identify readiness for school in terms of a child’s maturity, both developmental and emotional
⦁ To provide guidelines for treatment plans, either within a school setting, such as an Individual Educational Programme or outside of the school with individual or private therapists
⦁ To guide parents, guardians or caregivers in helping the child to reach their potential making use of their specific strengths and abilities
⦁ To assist teachers in reaching the student most effectively
⦁ Identifying and providing assistance for the developing child
⦁ To provide detailed accommodations and considerations for school or work environments (such as, access to technology, extra time, physical room arrangements, presentation of subject matter and organisational/support strategies, etc.) currently referred to as concessions or arrangements.

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