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Assessment of Learning Difficulties in Children and Adolescents

Professional SLD assessment

Q: What is Specific Learning Disorder (SLD)?

  • Specific learning disorders affect young children's learning in a variety of ways, including how they receive, remember, understand or express information. A specific learning disability can be defined as a problem that people experience in their learning that affects their achievement. The most common forms of learning difficulties are in reading and spelling, but may also be found in other areas, including speaking and mathematics. People who experience particular difficulties in one or more areas will usually also experience difficulties in other areas of learning.

Q: Why is it important to assess a child's learning difficulty behaviour?

  • A comprehensive assessment of learning difficulties will assist the child and parents in finding answers to the following four key questions

  1. What specific problems and difficulties lie behind the child's basic learning and processing skills?

  2. What level of learning skills is the child currently achieving? (compared to the level expected for their age and grade level).

  3. What level is the child likely to be capable of achieving?

  4. What learning strategies and interventions might be most helpful at school and at home?

  • The assessment is not intended to label the child as a 'barrier'. Rather, this information enables parents to make more informed decisions about their child's education. Instead of blindly seeking help, such as enrolling their child in more extracurricular classes. As a result, they can make the necessary changes as early as possible to ensure that the right learning strategies are implemented at school and at home. Giving their children a deeper understanding of how they learn and ultimately helping them to reach their full learning potential.

Q: How do you conduct an SLD Assessment (SLD Assessment)?

  1. Initial Intake Interview with psychologist (50 mins): Gather comprehensive background information through an interview with the client, or in the case of children, possibly with parents and school teachers and information.

  2. WISC- V or WAIS -IV Test administration, and WIAT-III Test administration. Usually 2-3 sessions, each session is 120 minutes - depending on the circumstances of the client.

  3. Results & feedback: explanation of findings, providing advice and an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have with the psychologist.  You will also receive a formal report containing this information. ( 50 mins)