assessments for children
Dyslexia - Dyscalculia - Anxiety - Working Memory - Processing Speed - ADHD - Autism
Our prices typically range from £650 to £1000. Please contact us directly for a quote. We are happy to offer a free, no obligation telephone call to discuss your requirements for an assessment.
Our fees include individual assessment with the child or young person, liaison with school staff provided we have permission, a parent feedback meeting, and a comprehensive assessment report.
our assessment options
Educational psychologists are extensively trained in understanding the learning and development of children and young people. Dr Aimee Swithenbank, Lead Educational Psychologist, has over ten years' experience in private and public sector roles, working with children and young people who have special educational needs.
As standard, all our assessments at Swithenbank Psychology include a Cognition and Learning Assessment. This can be selected in isolation, or in combination with other assessments to form a comprehensive understanding of the child or young person's strengths and needs.
We offer remote and face-to-face appointments.
cognition and learning assessment
This assessment evaluates the child or young person’s cognitive ability and academic skills using standardised tests. It will tell you whether the child or young person has any specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or dyscalculia) or cognitive issues, which may be hindering progress or causing anxiety about learning. Assessment areas include:
Non-verbal problem solving
Reading, writing and spelling
Numeracy and maths problem-solving
The Learning Assessment highlights strengths and difficulties, provides an explanation for the presenting concerns, and may include a diagnosis if the evidence supports one. The report includes highly tailored recommendations to help the child or young person move forward. Depending on the results, it can be used as evidence for access arrangements (e.g. extra time in exams), or submitted with EHCP applications.
Although the focus is on cognition and learning, we always consider the child or young person holistically by gathering background information about their wider development. If there are signs of possible difficulties in wider areas of development, we will discuss this with you during the feedback meeting.
This assessment includes a Learning Assessment, but also addresses any other areas of concern (within our professional remit). Once we have considered all the background information and explored your hopes for educational psychologist involvement, will we plan a bespoke assessment, which is tailored to the child and addresses your concerns.
Examples of assessment areas include:
Social, Emotional and Mental Health - e.g., school attendance difficulties, low mood and anxiety, and social skills/ friendships.
Communication and Interaction - e.g., expressive language, receptive language, pragmatic language and social communication skills. This can include screening for Autism, however we do not make the final diagnosis.
Executive Functioning - e.g., attention, regulation, planning, organisation and memory issues. This can include screening for ADHD, however we do not make the final diagnosis.
Parents often choose the Combined Assessment when they have concerns about several areas of their child or young person's learning or development. Depending on the results, our reports can be used to inform Individual Education Plans, or submitted with EHCP applications.
Parents or carers can make a booking over email or phone. We require full payment to make the booking. We can reserve a provisional booking for three days.
Online questionnaires are then used to gather background information.
On the day of the appointment, approximately 2.5 hours of individual assessment with the child is undertaken.
Following the assessment, a 1-hour parent consultation is held over video call to discuss the results.
The assessment report is sent to parents via email no later than three weeks after the appointment.