Children, adolescents and adults may experience certain barriers to learning within their learning environment at some stage of life. These barriers may be emotional, scholastic or related to specific cognitive areas of functioning. A comprehensive and holistic psycho-educational assessment is valuable in understanding an individual’s cognitive and emotional strengths, and areas that may require further development and support in order to ensure his/her true potential is seen within the learning environment.
The assessment process includes a parent intake interview prior to the assessment day. The focus of this is to build rapport, gain important and relevant collateral information which may help guide the assessment process and alleviate any anxiety. An emotional assessment may then be suggested as part of the holistic assessment. I offer classroom observations for primary school learners as part of the assessment process, as this allows me to gain insight into the child’s functioning within the classroom. The assessment takes place in the morning to ensure optimum cognitive functioning. The feedback session is geared towards a collaborative, proactive and positive discussion with parents and learner when necessary/appropriate. A comprehensive report with practical recommendations accompanies the whole assessment process. I try to keep the connection with clients for 6 month to a year after the assessment process to review the implementation of the recommendations.