I offer a range of services: assessments & assistance for learning difficulties, behaviour, anxiety, parenting, sensitivities.
Assessments (For Learning Difficulties SLD)
To book online please book 2, two hour times. (Times are fixed)
A cognitive assessment is part of the evaluation process that will provide an understanding as to how your child 'processes information'. Areas of strength and weakness may be identified which will allow a better understanding of how your child is achieving, their potential and how they are managing at school and at home.
A cognitive assessment (IQ) is one way of determining giftedness & learning difficulties which can lead to social and behavioural problems.
Both assessments with your child are done on a one-to-one basis without a parent present.
I offer Wechsler cognitive (WISC, WPPSI) assessments children from approximately 4years old through to 16years 10months of age. Children can be referred by parents, school, GP's, and other specialists.
As a Registered Psychologist, I am a NZCER Registered 'C' Grade tester, which means that assessments meet NZQA requirements for special examination provisions (extra time, reader/writer and laptop).
WIAT-III Wechsler Indiviual Achievement Test (Australia and New Zealand)
Following the cognitive assessment the WIAT-II is administered to determine a Comparison of Differences between WIAT-III Subtests and Composite scores and Selected WISC-V Compsite scores using simple-difference method. Subtests may include; listening comprehenion, early reading skills, reading comprehension, maths problems, sentence composition, word reading, essay composition, pseudodecoding words, numerical operations, oral expression, orak reading fluency, accuraccy & rate, spelling.
Areas of memory and visual and auditory processing can impact on progress, poor phonological awareness can lead to poor spelling and a student not wanting to read and/or write. Slow writing skills and weak motor skills can also impact on progress. If you or your child is unhappy or concerned with school progress an assessment will clarify where the difficulties are.
An assessment can also determine (alongside the cognitive assessment) accommodations required for NZQA exams (reader/writer/laptop/extra time assistance).
Reports are intended to provide 'diagnostic' information about learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, non-verbal or other specific learning disabilities. They also aim to provide comprehensive advice and guidance for teachers/tutors and parents. Reports are written in plain English, however, some terminology is used as standardised material is necessary to give an accurate picture of your child's potential. This is kept to a minimum.
The report usually takes about 2 weeks to get to you. A comprehensive range of recommendations is provided with each report. These recommendations, resources and strategies are directly related to the specific profile of your child gathered during the evaluation. Names and contact details of people that are suggested are included (For example, Occupational Therapist, individual SPELD tutor, Speech & Language therapist, Auditory Processing). Suggestions are included to benefit learning at school and also if necessary ideas for home.
Each assessment is 2 sessions approximately two hours which includes discussion about your child's history (you will receive a form to fill out and bring with you) and following the assessments a brief feedback regarding results. There is a waiting room if you wish to stay as your child works without parents present.
You are welcome to make a time to discuss the results more fully after receiving the report.
Liaising with school and teachers can be arranged as necessary. Written permission must be given and confidentiality is maintained and no information is shared without your express consent.
However, a 'diagnosis' is not always possible. Children do not always fit into a particular 'box'.
Two children with a diagnosis can have quite different difficulties. There will also be times when further assessment, such as an occupational therapy or speech/language assessment is recommended.
Although a diagnosis is not made before around 7years of age, it is important to determine strengths and weaknesses as early as possible so that appropriate intervention/help can be set in place.
As a Registered Psychologist, I am a NZCER Registered 'D' Grade tester, which means that assessments meet NZQA requirements for special examination provisions (extra time, reader/writer and laptop).
Assessment Costs (2019)
A full assessment at school age (6years-16years 10months), consisting of 2 two hour sessions plus a written report (with recommendations), costs $800 excluding GST, which is payable prior to the report being released. (Internet banking payment, credit card, or cash). The 2hours also includes a brief verbal feedback of findings/results.
A full assessment for a preschooler or under 6years old, can be undertaken but only in exceptional situations and discussion. This consists of 2 one and a half hour sessions, plus a written report (with recommendations) is $660 excluding GST which is payable on or prior to the report being released (Internet banking payment, cheques or cash). The 1.5hours also includes a brief verbal feedback of findings/results.
Arrangements can be made to pay in instalments. However, the report is not released until full payment is received.
Please note 48hours notice is required to cancel appointments otherwise full payment must be paid.
Counselling and Parenting
As a Child & Family Psychologist, I am equipped to work with children of all ages and their families to help with emotional distress as well as social and behavioural difficulties. I work with parents to help support their children and to manage issues so your family is less stressed and each child can develop happily and feeling resilient
As a psychologist, I see behavioural issues as a result of something. As human beings, we want to fit in, be like others and be seen as ‘good’ and ‘accepted’. As a parent sometimes learning different strategies with support can be helpful.
Children with long-standing behaviour problems are often not able to manage their behaviours, as well as they, want to. This may be for many reasons. Some of which are listed below.
- they have trouble listening, or paying attention
- are anxious or worried,
- are not getting enough sleep or food
- get too much attention for negative behaviours
- have difficulty with learning/ learn differently
- have difficulty with social skills/reading body language
I have considerable experience working with families & preschool children
- Supporting parents with young children with difficult behaviours
- Support with other parenting issues such as shyness, separation anxiety/worries
With families & Primary School Age
- Working with parents with children who have worries/anger issues
- Working with parents with children to manage better socially
With families & Intermediate and Secondary Ages
- Working with parents and young people struggling to cope with their emotions
- Working to support people with the challenges of adolescence and feeling comfortable socially
Some articles are listed below to provide information on some common issues with children. These will be updated from time to time. I also offer assistance and strategies to increase and develop parenting skills.