DSF Clinical Services offers a number of different psycho-educational assessments specifically developed to investigate learning strengths and difficulties, and a single, or extended, speech and language assessment. 
 

An assessment is generally requested to identify a person’s learning strengths and weaknesses, and to ascertain whether an identifiable learning or language disorder exists. Individuals attending the DSF Clinic for a psycho-educational assessment have usually struggled with one or more of the core academic skill areas (e.g. reading, writing, spelling, mathematics) for an extended period of time. The degree to which they struggle is often unexpected, given their apparent capabilities in other areas and the educational opportunities they have been provided. It is also generally the case that attempts to remediate the difficulty have not been successful (or at least, have been less successful than would have been expected). Those individuals attending the clinic for a speech and language assessment may also be struggling to achieve academically, and present with some red-flags for language difficulties. 

All assessments are conducted by a registered Psychologist with clinical experience in the field of educational psychology, or a registered Speech Pathologist, with expertise in speech and language development. All DSF Clinicians have extensive knowledge in literacy learning and development. All information gathered remains confidential. Only appropriate and approved professional assessment tools and methods are used. Most people (including children) find the various assessments tasks quite interesting and generally quite enjoyable. The questions asked change according to age so that people will not be asked many questions that are too challenging. There are usually opportunities to do practice items before each test so that people know what to expect. There is always time, both before and after the assessment, to ask the Psychologist or Speech Pathologist questions. 

A 10 to 12 page report is provided approximately three weeks after the assessment with details of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses in literacy, evidence-based strategies for remediation, and suggestions for accommodation (if warranted), included.

The following assessment types are available at DSF (click on the + to learn more)
 

  • Examines an individual's reading, spelling and writing skills.
  • Includes measures of IQ and processing.
  • Most suited for the majority of individuals with a persistent history of literacy delays.
  • 2 to 2.5 hours of testing.
  • Completed by a Registered Psychologist and/or a Speech Pathologist.
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty can be made (if appropriate).
  • Examines an individual's underlying mathematical skills.
  • Includes measures of IQ and mathematical processing.
  • Most suited for the majority of individuals with a persistent history of numeracy delays.
  • 2 to 2.5 hours of testing.
  • Completed by a Registered Psychologist.            
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty can be made (if appropriate).
  • Examines an individual's underlying literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Includes measures of IQ and processing.
  • Most suited for the majority of individuals with a persistent history of both literacy and numeracy delays.
  • 3 to 3.5 hours of testing.
  • Completed by a Registered Psychologist.             
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty can be made (if appropriate).
  • Examines the factors affecting an individuals performance at school or in the workplace in greater detail than a FAL or FAN.
  • Includes measures of IQ and processing.
  • Can Include additional testing of various cognitive skills, behaviour and adaptive functioning as required.
  • Most suited for individuals who require a more intensive investigation into their abilities and specific difficulties.
  • 4 hours of testing.
  • Completed by a Registered Psychologist. 
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty can be made (if appropriate).
  • Designed to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention and to review whether an individual's profile appears to be consistent with a specific learning disorder or language impairment
  • Most suited for individuals who have previously been assessed and were not given a diagnosis due to the need for intervention or further assessment
  • 1 hour of testing 
  • Completed by a Registered Psychologist or Speech Pathologist
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty or language disorder can be made (if appropriate).
  • A comprehensive assessment of intelligence
  • The assessment of literacy or academic skills are not included in this type of assessment
  • Most suited for individuls who would like more information regarding their profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses or for those individuals who have already completed an early literacy assessment.
  • 1.5 hours of testing
  • Completed by a Registered Psychologist 
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty can not be made unless an early literacy assessment has been completed.
  • Designed to profile a student's areas of strength and difficulty in literacy.
  • Focusses on foundation literacy skills
  • Includes measures of phonological processing.
  • Most suited for children at the beginning stages of literacy learning or older students who have been identified as having literacy difficulties and need additional information to plan for support and intervention.
  • 1.5 to 2 hours of testing
  • Completed by a  Speech Pathologist
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning difficulty can not be made.
  • Evaluates an individual's expressive and receptive language skills including comprehension, vocabulary and use of grammar.
  • Additional assessment of speech sound articulation, social use of language, higher-level languagge skills or problem solving ability can also be completed.
  • Most suited for individuals who have been identified with language difficulties who would like a detailed profile of strengths and weaknesses, or those individuals with difficulties in speech articulation and clarity.
  • 1.5 to 2 hours of testing
  • Completed by a  Speech Pathologist
  • A diagnosis of a Langauge Disorder can be made (if appropriate).

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