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.

Paediatric Therapy Ltd

Paediatric Therapy Limited consists of therapists who are paediatric specialists and are dedicated to working with children to help them reach their developmental potential.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Coordination, Motor Skills & Mobility
  • Handwriting
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
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Tongue Twisters

Tongue Twisters Speech-Language Therapy aims to help your child achieve a greater ability to use clear, fluent speech, use and understand language, express themselves and learn. Providing accessible private speech and language assessments and therapy for children from toddlers to adulthood.

Locations

  • Hamilton
  • Waikato

Specialities

  • Social Skills
  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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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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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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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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NumberWorks’nWords Birkenhead

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

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Maths
  • Reading
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Writing and Spelling
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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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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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Connect 2 Success

An experienced specialist, Gill offers cognitive and educational assessments and tuition - a flexible service aimed at uncovering your child’s barriers to learning.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Indigo

We provide assistance for children, young people and adults with learning, behavioural, emotional and cognitive needs. Our services cover a broad range of abilities and difficulties from struggling learners to giftedness; emotional issues and behavioural concerns. We provide assessments, strategies and support to overcome these difficulties.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Social Skills
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Testing for Special Abilities
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