Learning and memory assessments are sometimes requested to determine if a student (child or adult) needs additional learning assistance or has specific learning needs.

Educational and psychometric evaluation takes approximately 3-4 hours and is usually completed over two days.  The assessment will be completed by a psychologist has specialised training in either Educational and Developmental Psychology or Clinical Psychology and is able to diagnose learning disorders that may impact upon reading, mathematics, language, or memory. The psychologist will then prepare a report outlining the findings and recommendations to assist the student and will discuss these in ‘plain English’ with the student or parent at a follow-up appointment.

When attending for a learning assessment it is recommended that you bring a copy of any school, TAFE or other assessment reports (e.g. speech, optometry, occupational therapy) as well as something to eat or drink during the break.

Some signs and symptoms of learning problems may include:

  • Trouble learning the connection between letters and sounds
  • Unable to blend sounds to make words
  • Confuses basic words when reading
  • Spells the same word differently
  • Makes frequent reading errors
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts (e.g. times tables)
  • Difficulty telling time and remembering sequences
  • Slow to learn new skills
  • Dislikes reading and writing
  • Avoids reading aloud
  • Poor organizational skills (bedroom, homework, desk is messy and disorganized)
  • Poor handwriting

Please contact us should you wish to discuss your particular requirements.

Further information about learning problems can be found at www.speld.org.au