A psychological assessment can help identify individual learning strengths and weaknesses to find out if an identifiable learning difficulty exists.
Before a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder can be made it is important that a vision and hearing test is conducted to ensure another condition is not contributing to their struggle to learn. It is also essential that the person being assessed has received at least six months of targeted literacy and/or numeracy intervention. For more information on targeted intervention click here:AUSPELD - Examples of High Quality Evidence Based Phonics Programs
Psychological Assessments at SPELD SA are conducted by our Consultant Psychologist – Mike Jones, BBehavSc (Psychology, Hons), BEd (Upper Primary/Lower Secondary) and by our Consultant Psychologist Dr Donna Kite Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), Charles Sturt University, Master of Psychology (Counselling), Monash University, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology- Honours) – Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Science (Psychology) – University of Southern Queensland.
An experienced educator and psychologist who specialises in the assessment of cognitive ability, as well as adaptive and executive functioning. Mike is passionate about helping students fulfil their potential with a focus on the assessment and management of specific learning difficulties.
For over 10 years Mike has practiced as a Psychologist with a focus on educational development in children. A former SPELD SA Specialist Tutor, Mike has had a long connection with SPELD SA and its community.
Director of DK Psychology, Donna has been working in private practice as a specialist child and adolescent psychologist since 2007. Donna has qualifications as a Clinical Psychologist, Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist.
Donna has an interest and extensive experience in anxiety, behavioural issues and autism spectrum conditions, as well as providing assessments for children who have learning difficulties (including Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia).
Assessments are for school-aged students aged from 6 years (after 6 months of quality intervention) to adults up to the age of 25.
We utilise a range of tests measuring the underlying processing skills linked to literacy or numeracy including:
WISC-V IQ assessment – of intellectual ability looking at areas of verbal language, visual problem solving, working memory and processing speed
WIAT (pronounced WHY-IT) – academic achievement tests with subtests chosen depending on need (e.g. Literacy - reading, spelling and writing or Numeracy)
An outline of the assessment is below:
Specific Learning Disorder Assessment
This assessment can determine if an individual has a Specific Learning Disorder, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia.
The assessment process includes:
- Assessment by a Registered Psychologist
- Evaluation of an individual's reading, spelling, written expression or mathematical skills
- Measures of cognitive performance, academic achievement and processing abilities
- Approximately 2.5 hours of testing (testing of multiple areas of dysfunction may require additional time, and could involve additional cost)
- A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty (if appropriate)
- A comprehensive written report, including diagnostic analysis, recommendations and strategies.
To arrange an assessment, please complete the pre-assessment questionnaire below. Your response goes directly to our Psychologist for review, and a recommendation for an assessment or alternative action will be communicated to you within 10 days.
When booking an assessment, talk to our team about becoming a member and receive a 5% discount on your assessment fee.