Educational Psychological Assessments

An Educational Psychological Assessment may be required if your child is struggling to keep up in school. An educational psychological assessment is required to determine a child’s needs for additional resources in school such as assistive technology, special needs assistants, resource hours, or for accommodations during exams in secondary school. An educational psychologist assesses a child’s IQ and cognitive (intellectual) functioning. The assessment is the assessment required to assess for dyslexia or to assist occupational therapists to confirm a diagnosis of dyspraxia / DCD.

 

How do I know if my child needs an Educational Psychological Assessment?

An Educational Psychological Assessment may be required if your child is struggling to keep up in school. An educational psychological assessment is required to determine a child’s needs for additional resources in school such as assistive technology, special needs assistants, resource hours, or for accommodations during exams in secondary school.

An educational psychologist assesses a child’s IQ and cognitive (intellectual) functioning. The assessment is the assessment required to assess for dyslexia or to  assist occupational therapists to confirm a diagnosis of dyspraxia / DCD – developmental coordination disorder or to establish if a child might have a learning difficulty or intellectual disability

An educational psychological assessment includes testing of cognitive abilities as well as literacy skills and sometimes numeracy skills if maths difficulties are reported.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment session varies in length, but on average it takes 2 hours as it is quite comprehensive.  A detailed written report is supplied a few weeks after the assessment, which contains relevant history, test results, conclusions and recommendations for addressing any areas of difficulty which may have emerged.

The educational psychologist needs to get relevant background information from individuals, parents, schools, colleges or any other relevant sources.  Conclusions are made based on a combination of the history reported and the performance on the tests.

How long is an educational psychological assessment valid for?

All educational psychological assessments are valid for two years. When planning ahead for assessments it is important to remember that a child will usually need an assessment when going into primary school, when transitioning to secondary school and for exam years in secondary school to assess their requirements for additional resources at these times.

Who will carry out the Assessment?

Educational Psychological Assessments at Sensational Kids are carried out by  Claire Connaughton B.A, Grad Dip Ed, H Dip Psych, MAEP, a very experienced educational psychologist and former school teacher who has a special interest in literacy and dyslexia.

Claire Connaughton is an Educational Psychologist who has also taught as a primary school teacher for seven years where she gained much experience teaching in mainstream classrooms. Claire started out her studies in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and obtained an Honours Degree in Irish and Geography followed by a Postgraduate Degree in Education. Claire obtained a Higher Diploma in Psychology from Dublin Business School and a Masters in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin.Claire aims to support the development of children and adolescent’s social, emotional , behavioural and academic development. She offers young children, adolescents and Third Level students comprehensive psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions.

Prior to joining Sensational Kids, Claire’s experience as an educational psychologist included Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, St Michael’s House, and NEPS.

Educational Psychological Assessment Cost 

The cost of the complete educational psychological assessment including the written report is €495.

A booking deposit of €50 is required to book an appointment for a psychological assessment. The balance of €445 is payable on arrival for the assessment.

Payment can be made by credit/debit card or cash.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel an appointment 48 hours notice is required to be given so that this appointment can be re-allocated.

How to Make An Appointment For an Educational Psychological Assessment

To make an appointment for an educational psychological assessment at Sensational Kids phone us on  045 520900

We advise early booking in advance for educational psychological assessments

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