Assessments for children and young people (6-17 years)

EP Assessments for Children
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Educational psychologists are extensively trained in understanding the learning and development of children and young people. Aimee, Lead Educational Psychologist at Swithenbank Psychology, has a Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology, and over ten years' experience working with children who have special educational needs.
All our assessments at Swithenbank Psychology are broad-based and consider the range of factors that can affect learning and development. We are trained to look at the child holistically rather than at isolated areas of development. Common issues we can support with include literacy (dyslexia), maths (dyscalculia), slow progress at school, cognitive and language development, social skills, and emotional wellbeing. 
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assessment options 
All our assessments at Swithenbank Psychology are broad-based and consider the range of factors that can affect learning and development including: 
  • Cognitive and language development 
  • Academic skills - dyslexia and dyscalculia 
  • Social development 
  • Emotional wellbeing 
For parent referrals, we offer two assessment levels: 
 
Level 1 includes a full cognitive and academic assessment, as well as light touch consideration of social and emotional needs (through observation and background questionnaires). This assessment provides a baseline evaluation of the child's cognitive and academic skills. It will tell you whether your child meets the criteria for a specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia) or has any cognitive or language needs (e.g. such as slow processing, weak working memory or poor verbal comprehension). It will also tell you whether your child is eligible for Access Arrangement (e.g. extra time in exams). 
Level 2 includes the Level 1 option, but also further assessment of any presenting social and emotional needs.This assessment is bespoke to the child, and tailored to the presenting concerns. Examples of assessment areas include, but are not limited to: 
  • Screening for ADHD
  • Screening for executive functioning difficulties  
  • Screening for autism 
  • School anxiety assessments 
  • Exploration of child's attitudes to self and school 
  • Self-esteem and resiliency assessments
  • Sensory processing screening 
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what outcomes to expect  
Both assessment options will provide you with: 
  • A comprehensive picture of your child's strengths and difficulties.
  • An explanation of the presenting concerns i.e. an understanding of why they may be struggling at school. This may involve a diagnosis such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, if present. 
  • Highly tailored advice on how you and the school can help your child to make progress.
  • A written psychological report. 
If there is evidence of a neurodevelopmental condition (e.g. autism, ADHD), language difficulty, or physical need, we can discuss the educational implications with you (within the EP remit) and signpost you to more specialist health services (e.g. community paediatrics, CAMHS, speech and language, or occupational therapy), if required. 
Please note, we cannot say before the assessment whether the results will support a diagnosis, Access Arrangements, or EHCP application. We can only advise you on this once the assessment is complete. 
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Assessment process 
 
  • Parents and carers can make a booking over email or phone. 
  • All assessments begin by using online questionnaires to gather background information and screen for strengths and needs in language, physical skills, and social and emotional development. 
  • On the day of the assessment, we complete approximately 1.5 to 3 hours of individual assessment. Timings will depend on the child's needs, ability and presenting concerns. 
  • Following the assessment you will be offered a feedback meeting, which is usually held over video call, to discuss the results. 
  • You will receive a written report within three weeks of the appointment.
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assessment FEES

Assessments take place in our Colchester consulting rooms and start from £600.

School visits are possible, provided the school is happy to agree to this and are able to meet our requirements (e.g. a suitable assessment area). Please be aware that some settings are not currently accepting visitors due to their Covid-19 restrictions. School visits are priced as above, plus an additional fee for travel time and mileage, which is quoted on enquiry. 

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when an ep assessment may be helpful

Many parents seek an educational psychologist assessment because they are concerned about their child's learning or development and would like advice on how to help them move forward and make progress. 

Sometimes parents seek an educational psychologist because they want to know whether their child has a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, a specific cognitive difficulty such as low processing speed, or is eligible for Access Arrangements e.g. extra time. 

In some cases, parents may be considering applying for an EHCP and would like an independent assessment report to submit with their application. 

Please note, we cannot say before the assessment whether the results will support a diagnosis, Access Arrangements, or EHCP application. However, we can advise you on this once the assessment is complete. 

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