Effective Use Of Resources
Although we produce assessments for a wide variety of purposes and people in a wide variety of situations, we feel strongly that these should not be seen as attempts to list weaknesses but as opportunities to identify areas where more resources will help individuals perform more closely to their optimal ability. It is also an opportunity to identify the particular strengths of the individual and enhance their ability to reach their full potential in all areas of life and functioning.
Range Of Assessments
We can carry out assessments to meet most requirements of our clients, from intellectual functioning, through literacy and learning styles, to emotional and behavioural understanding and development. The approaches used will depend on the questions to be answered and on the context within which the assessment is required. As a general process, we try to clarify and establish the roles of those involved and then to identify specific abilities, impairments and tendencies. On the basis of the testing process we recommend certain strategies and plan interventions based on the analysis of information gathered.
Developing Effective Interventions
Assessment by an educational psychologist is a process which involves the gathering of information from a variety of sources in a range of settings over a period of time. It necessarily involves parents, carers, teachers, children and young people. The purpose of an educational psychology assessment is to develop the information available regarding the performance and behaviour of the particular individual being considered, and to then develop a program of interventions which will improve or enhance the observed behaviour or performance. The ultimate aim of effective educational psychology assessment is usually to limit the effects of barriers to learning and to promote the inclusion of the child or young person.
Promoting Effective Learning
The emphasis in educational psychology and assessment should not be to identify deficits, but to focus on opportunities to promote effective learning and development. With our breadth of experience and our understanding of how the education system works we can provide psychological advice for both teachers and parents. We can also advise on SEN procedures and tribunals where appropriate with particular reference to the new Code of Practice, and one of our particular strengths is our ability to provide our reports in terms and language which are clear to all. If necessary, we can also help with the clarification of previous reports and communications.