Learning assessment services

Learning assessments: when it’s not just ‘a stage’

Schools, and sometimes preschools, are usually the first to identify when a child or young person may have special educational needs, although that is not always the case. Depending on the issue, it may be the parents or caregivers who suspect that their child is “different” in some way. However, knowing exactly what is going may often be unclear.

As tempting as it may be to explain away issues as a phase or stage, avoidance may make the situation worse for that child in the medium to long term. That is why it is important to identify special educational needs at an early stage in order to provide appropriate help and prevent problems later on in a child’s education.

What tests are used?

There is no single “test” or even universally accepted approach to identifying the existence and/or cause of learning difficulties or special abilities.

The characteristics often differ from one child to another and may manifest in very different ways in adolescents and adults. Features can also be “hidden” in some situations and very much apparent in others. Even determining whether special conditions are required for exam and/or formal assessment situations is not straight forward.

There are hundreds of different screening tools and assessment measures available that assist educators, psychologists, physicians, and others to capture and document the nature of a person’s struggle with behaviour and/or learning. Every practitioner has his or her preference.

What can be expected with an assessment?

The root of the word “assessment” is from the Latin ‘assidere’ which means “to sit beside”. Assessors do just that – they work with your child to:

  • identify areas of strength and weakness
  • rule in (or rule out) any complicating factors that might be contributing to behavioural and/or learning problems
  • hone in on the very specific nature of the struggle, so that timely decisions can be made about carefully targeted intervention and support.

The most important consideration when testing occurs is not to allow the tests to determine what is important, but rather to select tests that:

  • answer specific questions you may have, and
  • explain the nature of your child’s struggle.

What you are looking for is insight into the types of instruction and support required that will help your child overcome, and circumvent, frustration and failure.

Visique Rose Optometrists

Visique Rose Optometrists are at the forefront of optometry with a technologically advanced practice offering the latest in visual correction and eye care options. Qualified and experienced staff ensure your whole experience is professional and friendly.

Locations

  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Love of Learning

I work in conjunction with SPELD New Zealand to provide tuition to people living with Dyslexia, ADHD, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Writing and Spelling
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Educational Psychology

We provide assessment services, direction & support for concerns or difficulties with your child’s development, learning, academic performance, social relationships, or their feelings, moods or behaviour.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Mahurangi Vision Centre

Mahurangi Vision Centre has an outstanding reputation for providing eye examinations for children. Adapted to the age, ability and confidence of the child to work within their comfort level, we get the best possible results.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Occupational Therapy for Children

Does your child have messy, illegible handwriting? Are they having difficulty with schoolwork? Are they disorganised? Is homework a stressful time for everyone? We offer assessments and occupational therapy for learning concerns, handwriting, co-ordination and motor skills. Let us help unleash your child’s potential!

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Handwriting
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Paterson Burn Optometrists – Newmarket

At Paterson Burn we care about encouraging good eye health in every sense which is why we aim to be leaders in the New Zealand optics industry by following a simple principle, to focus on you and your family, providing comprehensive and advanced eye examinations and treatments.

Locations

  • Auckland
  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Cellfield NZ Ltd

Cellfield is a great treatment programme for children with dyslexia. As a computer-based intervention programme, Cellfield uses neuroscience research from the last 30 years to achieve outstanding results in as little as two weeks!

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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ABL Psychological Services Ltd

A one stop place for Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, Autism and other learning and behavioural difficulties, helping children and youth to realise their strengths and deal with barriers.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Behaviour Assessment Services
  • Family Relationships
  • Learning assessment services
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The University of Auckland Clinics

Our teaching clinics are client focused and provide a range of assessment and treatment services to children. We aim to maximise children’s eyesight, hearing, nutrition, language and communication to enable them to make the most of every opportunity for learning and social interaction.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Hearing
  • Performance Nutrition & Healthy Eating
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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NumberWorks’nWords Henderson

NumberWorks’nWords provides face to face, quality, personally tailored Maths and English tuition programmes to help students catch up and get ahead. All abilities, NZ curriculum & fun!

Locations

  • Henderson
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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