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.

JS Speech & Language Therapy

JS Speech & Language Therapy offers friendly, flexible and family centred assessment and therapy for children of all ages who have speech, language and communication difficulties.

Locations

  • East Coast Bays
  • North Shore
  • Orewa
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Cellfield South Auckland

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!

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Focus Hearing

Focus Hearing’s Audiology Team take an interactive approach to identify, diagnose and treat children with hearing disorders. We also identify how hearing disorders affect communication within case specific environments.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Hearing
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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NumberWorks’nWords Royal Oak

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!

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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Paterson Burn Optometrists

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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Howick Village Optometrists

A friendly, family-owned practice providing diagnostic assessments and solutions for your child’s eye health and vision challenges.

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Academy of Learning

Specialists in Dyslexia, Academy of Learning provides quality one-on-one tuition in Reading, Written Language, Spelling, Handwriting, Mathematics and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Handwriting
  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Writing and Spelling
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NumberWorks’nWords Takapuna

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

  • North Shore
  • Takapuna / Devonport

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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Visique Frith and Laird Optometrists

Visique Frith and Laird is a team of Auckland optometrists providing professional eye care, individual tailored advice, friendly service and quality products.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Language4Life

Language4Life is a private mobile Speech and Language service in Auckland covering the North Shore, Hisbiscus Coast and Rodney regions. Individualised therapy programmes are provided to children, adolescents and young adults, tailored to their specific needs to help them achieve their maximum communication potential.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Behaviour Concerns
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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