Hannah will be accepting new referrals from August 25th.
Information about the assessment process
Making an Enquiry
You can request an assessment by clicking the Enquiries tab in the menu. Once all the referral documents are received, then I will contact you to arrange an assessment date.
Before the Assessment
For some children, an observation at their education setting is required, which usually takes place before the assessment. You will receive an information sheet that you can share with your child to help them know what will happen on the day. Most assessments take place in your child’s home (wifi access is required).
About the Assessment
On the day of the appointment, your child will be greeted in a calm and friendly manner, and the reason for the assessment will be explained before they begin. I will work at your child’s pace, so they will have breaks as needed. All tasks will be clearly explained and demonstrated.
Your Child’s Report
You will receive an electronic report detailing your child’s strengths and areas for development, including test explanations and scores. Recommendations are given for teaching strategies, interventions and provisions for supporting your child to make progress. This may include referrals to other professionals for further assessment.
3 to 6 months after the assessment, I will email you to review your child’s progress. Your child’s report will then be updated to include any new information and further recommendations made if relevant.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can be assessed?
When will the report be ready?
Will a diagnosis be made?
If there is evidence that your child has a learning difficulty then this will be clearly explained and diagnosed. Sometimes recommendations are made for referrals to other professionals for additional assessments and to receive a specific program of support to help your child if needed.
Will my child’s school/nursery accept the report?
Will the report guarantee my child gets an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)?
If a child has severe and complex needs, then parents/carers may wish to request an EHC assessment from their Local Authority. You can use an educational psychology report as part of this process, but it does not guarantee that the Local Authority will agree to carry out an EHC assessment. The report will clearly explain your child’s strengths and any barriers affecting their learning. This information can be used by you and your child’s school/nursery to plan ways for meeting your child’s needs and helping them make progress. Please note I do not offer Tribunal services.
How long does the assessment take?
How and when do I pay?
What should I do after I receive the report?
I recommend sharing the report with your child’s school/nursery and arranging a meeting to plan next steps. There will be suggestions for strategies, interventions and resources to help your child with areas of difficulty. You can discuss all of these with your child’s education setting. It may help to write down some questions and send them to the school/nursery in advance of the meeting. If there are any questions about the report, please contact me.
What should I say to my child about the appointment?
Once an assessment date has been set you will receive an information sheet to share with your child. You could say to your child that we will be doing some activities that help me understand their strengths and how they learn. My job is to give teachers ideas for how they can help your child with things they might find difficult at school, such as concentrating, learning, feeling happy and talking with other children.