Comprehensive assessment for reading and other learning difficulties
Specific Learning Disorders include persistent and unexpected low achievement in any one of the following 6 areas: word reading; reading comprehension; spelling; written expression; number sense, number facts or calculation; mathematical reasoning. Dyslexia and dyscalculia are umbrella terms used when a person shows deficits in certain combinations of these areas. There are many good reasons to seek a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder when a child is struggling with literacy or numeracy, including:
- Justifying the provision of assistance at school: Many schools will not provide targeted remedial assistance, or accommodations and compensations unless the child has a formal diagnosis.
- Restoring motivation: Many undiagnosed children are regarded at school as “slow learners” and can come to regard themselves as “stupid”, accompanied by anxiety, loss of self-esteem, frustration, despondence and, in some children, “acting-out”.
- Tailoring an effective remedial program: There is now a very large body of research into dyslexia, and a growing body of knowledge about dyscalculia. We know how to help these children – what works and what not to waste time and money on. Our reports will not only diagnose the existence of learning disorders in alignment with current thinking, but also provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based strategies.
Tests include the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence 4th Edition, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children -5th Edition, the Woodcock Johnson Achievement Battery – 4th Edition, and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – 3rd Edition. Other instruments may be used to probe other potentially confounding issues, including, for example the Conners-3 Parent and Teacher Editions for problems with attention and behaviour, and the D-KEFS and NEPSY-II for problems with executive functioning, memory, etc.
- IQ test (WISC-V or UNIT 2) and
- Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Achievement (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) and
- Neuropsychological testing (as required) and
- Assessment of attention, anxiety (as required) and
- 30 minute face to face discussion of results. (Written reports are extra.)
Cost of assessment: $660.00
- 3-page summary report, containing test results, diagnosis, and concise recommendations. Add $180. (Total Cost = $840.00)
- 5-page written report which contains test results, diagnosis and expanded recommendations. Add $240. (Total Cost = $900)