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Educational psychologist assessments for children and young people

Dr Aimee Swithenbank works in partnership with families to provide educational psychologist assessments for children who are struggling or may not be reaching their full potential in school. 

When a child is struggling in school it can be difficult to know what may be causing the presenting issues and how best to help them. An educational psychologist assessment with Aimee will clarify the underlying issues and provide advice on how to help the child move forward. 

Aimee is highly trained in understanding learning and child development. Her assessments are holistic and cover the range of factors that can impact on learning. 

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Understanding your child's strengths and barriers to learning

Issues that we most commonly see and that can be identified through the assessment with Aimee include: 

  • Literacy difficulties and dyslexia

  • Writing difficulties and dysgraphia

  • Maths difficulties and dyscalculia

  • General learning difficulties 

  • Slow processing speed 

  • Working memory difficulties

  • Low confidence/self-esteem and anxiety about learning

  • Social communication differences 

  • Executive functioning differences (difficulties with attention, self-regulation and inhibitory control) 

Please contact us to find out more about our assessments and to discuss your individual requirements. 

What to expect 

We aim to make the assessment process simple and as stress-free  as possible for you and your child. 

Before the assessment, we ask you and the school to complete a background questionnaire. This helps us to plan an assessment that addresses your individual concerns. 

The assessment involves psychometric testing and usually some informal activities to gain the child's views on school. It usually takes 2-2.5 hours, with breaks provided as needed. 

Immediately after the assessment, a parent feedback meeting is held to discuss the findings and plan next steps.

 

Within three weeks of the assessment, you receive a psychological report detailing the assessment findings and recommendations for you and the school to implement. 

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FAQs for parents

How much does an assessment cost?

An assessment costs £950 and full payment is required to secure the booking.  

 

Where does the assessment take place?  ​

​All parent-commissioned work takes place in our assessment room in New Town, Colchester.  Free parking is available onsite.

Will a diagnosis be made? 

Where there is evidence from within the assessment data, a formal diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) can be made. 

We cannot diagnose ADHD, ASC, sensory processing disorder, dyspraxia, anxiety disorder, attachment disorder, depression or developmental language disorder. These are medical conditions which fall under the remit of the health service and/or a multidisciplinary team. 

When will I receive the report? 

You will receive the report within three weeks of the assessment.

 

What can I expect from the report?  

The report is a comprehensive document which details the findings, provides an explanation of the concerns and give highly tailored advice and recommendations to implement. 

 

Can I submit the report with an EHCP application? 

Yes, the report can be submitted as evidence of the student's special educational needs, and LAs cannot refuse to consider a report from an HCPC registered educational psychologist. 

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Contact Us

For further information about our assessments please email Amanda (assessment coordinator) at contact@swithenbankpsychology.co.uk

To help us assist with your enquiry, please provide a brief description of your concerns and the reasons for seeking an assessment.  ​

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Parent

"I experienced a very professional and compassionate approach by Aimee to the assessment of my son. She gave a helpful feedback session and comprehensive report which we were able to share with the school. I would recommend Aimee to any parents who are seeking an assessment to understand and support their child’s needs within an education setting."

Parent

"Honestly I couldn’t be happier with the service provided. Professional from start to end, the whole process felt easy and most importantly my son was comfortable and at ease. The report was very thorough and helped myself and others understand his way of learning. I would definitely recommend your services and just wish I had done it sooner."

Parent

"Very knowledgeable assessment carried out. Was very happy to leave my child for the assessment. Excellent feedback and detailed report."
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