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.

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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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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Visique Millwater Optometrists

Visique Hawkins is a friendly, family orientated practice, providing a full examination of your child’s eye health and vision. This includes binocular functions and measurement of any refractive error and any solutions for your child’s eye health and vision challenges.

Locations

  • Rodney
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Visique Papakura Optometrists

We provide comprehensive, affordable eye care, specialising in visual training programmes for children and the diagnosis of Irlen Syndrome. We work closely with Joanna Sharp from Learning Plus to assist students towards better learning outcomes through the combination of prescription glasses or contact lenses and various learning interventions.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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NumberWorks’nWords East Coast Bays

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

  • East Coast Bays
  • North Shore

Specialities

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

Using Irlen Screening, Dyslexia Screening and the Cellfield Reading Intervention, Learning Plus provides help for children and young people with reading and processing difficulties, including Dyslexia. We work in conjunction with Visique Papakura.

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Northern Communication & Hear Say

Are you concerned about your child’s communication or learning abilities? As specialists in speech, language, communication and learning skills, Northern Communication can provide customised solutions for your child’s needs. Hear Say offers affordable and comprehensive speech and language assessment and therapy for a variety of communication and auditory processing disorders.

Location

  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Speech and Language
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Sally Barrable

A qualified speech and language therapist with over 20 years’ experience, offering personalised plans for children experiencing communication-based difficulties or delays.

Locations

  • Albany / Upper Harbour
  • East Coast Bays

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • 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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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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