Christine offers scholastic assessments for children and adolescents between the age of 7 and 16. Scholastic assessments are often recommended for children or adolescents who are experiencing academic and/or behavioural difficulties at school. These assessments provide insight into the child or adolescent’s unique strengths and weaknesses whilst also providing an opportunity to identify potential learning problems. Scholastic assessments usually also include an emotional screening to determine what is happening in the child or adolescent’s social and emotional context.

Scholastic difficulties or behavioral problems that may be identified during a scholastic assessment include:

     •  Learning disabilities (such as dyslexia,
         dyscalculia and dysgraphia)
     •  Speech or language problems
     •  Autism
     •  Intellectual disability
     •  Emotional and/or behavioral conditions
     •  Hearing or vision impairment
     •  Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

How does the assessment process work?

Christine initially meets with the child or adolescent’s parent(s) or guardian(s) for an intake interview in order to obtain background information. A date for the assessment itself is made thereafter.

The number and type of psychometric assessments utilized during this process is dependent on the child or adolescent’s age as well as their unique presenting problem. Assessments may therefore take place during more than one session.

Once the assessment process has been completed, a feedback session with the parent(s) or guardian(s) is scheduled. During the feedback session, the results of the assessment are discussed and appropriate recommendations are provided. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will also be provided with a written report during this time.

What are the potential benefits of a scholastic assessment?

Effective scholastic assessments make it possible for parents, teachers and health professionals to:

     •  Monitor and document a child’s
         progress over time
     •  Ensure that instruction is responsive
         and matched appropriately to a child’s
         individual abilities
     •  Customize instruction to meet a child’s
         unique strengths and developmental
     •  Enable children to observe their own
         growth and development
     •  Identify children who may benefit from
         more intensive levels of instruction
         (such as individual tutoring or remedial
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HPCSA Number:       PS 0119733
Practice Number:     0524980
HPCSA Number:       PS 0119733
Practice Number:     0524980