Cognitive Assessments & Learning Difficulties
Stephanie conducts assessments to diagnose Learning Difficulties and better understand any challenges that may impede an individual's potential in educational settings.
As an Educational and Developmental psychology graduate, learning and education is a key area in her training and expertise. This is an area of passion for Stephanie.
As the child of migrants from war-torn Vietnam, Stephanie understands the role of education as a way out of disadvantage. She enjoys being able to support individuals to achieve their best through education to foster later career successes.
Stephanie is a former student of selective entry-only high school, the Mac. Robertson Girls' High school, and is passionate about supporting students to reach their potential - academic and social/emotional.
What is an Educational Assessment or
Assessment of Learning Difficulties?
How will this benefit my child and their learning?
An Educational (Learning Difficulties) Assessment seeks to understand the learning deficits that a student may have. Young or old, learning can be hard and this is beneficial for primary and high school but also tertiary level students who may be experiencing difficulty or seeking ways to maximise their academic performance.
An Educational Assessment comprises of two components:
1. Cognitive Assessment (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WAIS-IV) - commonly known as an 'IQ test'
- Examines an individual's cognitive strengths and weaknesses in Verbal Comprehension, Perceptual Reasoning, Visual Spatial abilities, Working Memory and Processing Speed. All tests slightly differ and depending on your age, the appropriate assessment is conducted.
- It is not about the 'score' but the opportunity to understand a person's strengths and weaknesses to aid their learning and daily functioning.
2. Achievement Assessment (WIAT-III)
- An 'academic' assessment where an individual completes tasks in literacy and numeracy skills (e.g. reading, writing, comprehension, math problem solving).
Together, the results of the Cognitive and Achievement assessments present valuable information as it enables an individual and their family to understand what, if anything, is preventing an them from learning at their best and reaching their academic and career potential.
Also known as "IQ tests", Stephanie conducts Cognitive Assessments to help students understand their cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Assessments can be used for school and funding purposes and to assist children and adults to understand how they can maximise their intellectual capacity to learn and work best.
Assessments can take 1-2 sessions of up to 2 hours. Stephanie ensures that individuals are given optimal opportunity to do their best so that assessments are an accurate representation of their true cognitive abilities.
Results are discussed and provided in a comprehensive report, along with strategies to support further cognitive development and learning.
Stephanie assesses individuals throughout the developmental lifespan - including children from 2 years 6 months through to 89 years.
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)
Wechsler intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Third Edition (WAIS–III)
Conducted alongside Cognitive Assessments, Achievement Assessments are an academic-based assessment in areas of numeracy and literacy - including oral language, reading, written language and mathematics.
Stephanie conducts the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test –Third Edition (WIAT-III).
This assessment assists with:
- Identifying the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student
- Diagnosis of a specific learning disability - that is, particular areas of difficulty when considered alongside their cognitive abilities
- Supporting families to decide the best for their child in reaction to schooling, eligibility for educational services
- Plan interventions and develop objectives to assist students in the classroom.
School Visits & Teacher Support
Stephanie also conducts school visits and liaises with schools to understand the challenges a child may face in their educational environment.
Stephanie is available to provide teacher support and strategies to assist educators with fostering students' optimal growth.