Learning Difficulty Assessment

(Including Dyslexia Testing)

Young-boy-doing-his-homeworkDoes your child struggle with reading, spelling or writing?

Do they mix up letters or jumble their sentences?

Or perhaps they have trouble with numbers, symbols and maths?

If so, they may suffer from a specific learning disorder, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Learning difficulties can severely hinder your child’s learning and enjoyment of school. This can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety or even depression.

If you suspect that your child suffers from any type of learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, it is important to accurately identify the underlying problems and put in place effective intervention programs and strategies as early as possible in their education.

The first step towards helping your child reach their full potential is to have them assessed by an Educational and Developmental Psychologist. This includes testing for dyslexia and the broader spectrum of learning difficulties.

Here are some reasons to consider a Learning Difficulty Assessment for your child:

  1. To discover what their learning potential is.
  2. To reveal their “learning profile” – showing their particular strengths and weaknesses.
  3. To find out if they have a learning disorder in reading, writing, maths or attention.
  4. To identify the specific learning strategies and types of support they are most likely to benefit from – at home and at school.
  5. To help them gain insight into their own learning ability.
  6. So you can make informed decisions about their education.

What Does a Learning Difficulty Assessment Include?

You will receive:

  • An initial review of your child’s cognitive, social, family and emotional history
  • Standardised cognitive (IQ) test
  • Standardised achievement (academic) test
  • Other relevant assessment tools
  • Detailed assessment report
  • Tailored learning recommendations for school and home
  • Comprehensive feedback session to answer all your questions

The combined results from these tests provide insights that cannot be obtained by using any single test.

Cognitive testing identifies any underlying weaknesses in key skills such as:

  • Processing speed
  • Auditory processing
  • Verbal learning issues
  • Non-verbal learning issues

Achievement testing measures abilities in key academic areas such as:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Mathematics
  • Oral language

How Many Appointments Are Required?

There are four sessions required in total:

  1. Initial consultation for parents (30 mins)
  2. Assessment session #1 for your child (91-120 mins)
  3. Assessment session #2 for your child (91-120 mins)
  4. Feedback session for parents (50 mins)

What Are the Fees?

The total fees will be approximately $2,200 (before any health fund rebates) which includes the initial consultation, two assessment consultations, a comprehensive psychological report, a feedback consultation, detailed recommendations for home and school, an action plan for your child and liaison with school or health professionals where appropriate. You can instantly claim a private health rebate at each session. (Rebate amounts vary widely depending on the health fund and your level of cover but can be up to a few hundred dollars or so in total.)

What’s the Next Step?

The first step is to meet with one of our experienced child psychologists to discuss your needs and review your child’s background history.

We will recommend the most useful and helpful assessments for your child’s particular needs, explain the process in detail and answer all your questions.

This also gives you the opportunity to meet the psychologist who will be working with your child, visit our lovely office, and generally ensure you are comfortable with the entire process.

The initial consultation is for parents only so we can discuss all the issues openly and in full.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and make an informed decision before you commit to receiving any further services.

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Why have 1,592* parents chosen us?

(*As of Sep 18th, 2017.)

  • Private and confidential: We are a 100% private service so you will receive 100% independent and confidential advice.
  • Child and adolescent specialists: We only work with school age children, teenagers and parents.
  • Education and school experts: We will help you navigate the school system to get the best possible results for your child.
  • No contractors: We only employ permanent staff psychologists with a master degree or higher and extensive experience.
  • Fast appointments: We don't keep a waiting list and see most new clients within 7 days.
  • Convenient location: We are in Port Melbourne with easy access from many parts of Melbourne and unrestricted street parking.
  • Trusted methods: We use approaches that are strongly supported by research evidence or clinical experience.
  • Lovely beachside office: You will love our quiet, modern and attractive office, with its beach and ocean-themed rooms.