Having learning difficulties (or a disability) is frustrating for the actual person who has it and also for family and partners. It may be frustrating as the parents know that their child is struggling with spelling and reading and they do not know how to help.
It may be frustrating for the wife whose husband forgets the five items that she asked him to take out of the fridge. The child in the first example may have phonological difficulties and the husband in the second example may have a working memory problem. Both of them may have dyslexia.
Diagnosis is not as easy as that and it requires professional experience. There is history taking, reading of material provided (past reports for example) and a selection of assessment tests unique to the individual. Then come recommendations for the child, adolescent or adult.
Students in primary and secondary schools may be eligible for negotiated education plans or individualized learning plans. Universities can help with allowing more time for exams and the use of scribes. Software such as Dragon can be helpful too in the work environment.
My Psychologist has worked as a Psychologist in the South Australian Education Department as well as in private practice.
My Psychologist is very experienced in assessing children, adolescents and adults who have learning difficulties and disabilities.
To discuss your concerns and book an appointment, go to My Psychologist’s Contact Us page.
Learn more about Educational Assessments
My Psychologist can undertake educational assessments that cover a child’s, teenager’s or adult’s academic skills and cognitive skills.
Such educational assessments might be suggested by the child’s school, university learning support adviser, a medical specialist or even a concerned parent. We assess children and teenagers so they can receive curriculum modification and learning support and also adults who may seek accommodations to exam sitting… Read more here