A full assessment takes around 2-3 hours to complete. Depending on age and individual needs, the assessment will sometimes take place over two sessions, or with more rest breaks.
As both an assessor, teacher and parent, I understand that that being in an unfamiliar ‘test’ situation may cause anxiety, especially for someone experiencing possible dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties. I respond to each person’s individual needs, making sure they feel as relaxed and reassured as possible throughout the assessment process. I work hard to build a trusting, positive relationship during the relatively short time that we spend together, always taking time to chat at the start of the assessment and to listen to the thoughts and feelings of each person I work with.
During the assessment we will go through a series of tests and puzzles, which look at:
- Literacy skills (reading, spelling and writing)
- Cognitive processing (how the brain continuously takes in information and transforms it, stores it, recovers it, and puts it to work)
- General ability (aspects of verbal and visual ability)
If I observe any issues such as particular problems with handwriting, I may also do some further motor skills tests to investigate this further.