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The purpose of an assessment is usually to gather information in order to provide informed advice or recommendations concerning some aspect of the child’s educational or psychosocial functioning.

Assessments are a useful tool in helping to understand a child with behavioural or emotional problems, by identifying cognitive or learning difficulties.

– Displays significant behavioural problems for the first time.
– Has behavioural problems that have not responded well to intervention.
– Is having difficulty with learning, such as problems with reading, spelling or mathematics and has not responded to support.
– Appears anxious or withdrawn in relation to school or is avoiding school.
– Shows concentration problems, and lacks organisation skills.
– Shows a loss of skills, regression in abilities, or sudden change in their normal behaviour
– Is not as independent as expected in daily living skills; they may be disorganised or forget instructions (particularly in older children and teenagers).

These assessments are important in identifying difficulties, planning appropriate psychological interventions and advising on educational support.

Assessments are important in guiding not just learning needs, but can also be helpful in understanding some underlying reasons for behavioural difficulties in children.
Assessments help guide educational supports and appropriate behavioural interventions.
Diagnosing learning problems early is essential to ensure the child receives the right support with learning.
These assessments provide evidence for special educational needs provisions.
The results of these assessments can help guide teachers with educational approaches that may help a child to learn in the educational setting.
Research shows early intervention is most beneficial to children with learning differences and assessments are a useful tool in identifying these differences.

"I have worked for over 20 years in education, working with mainstream Special Educational Needs students. In supporting those students, a good quality report from a Psychologist can make all the difference, providing clarity on a diagnosis and clear strategies for a way forward.I have worked with the many reports from Educational and Clinical Psychologists over the years and found Dr. Zaidi’s to be amongst the best. They are comprehensive, including work with the students themselves, input from parents and teachers, testing and interviews with the students as well as impressions gained over the time of assessment. They also go in depth in strategies that can help and support in school and at home.I would heartily recommend an assessment as part of the strategy for supporting a student struggling in any area of their life."
Douglas Kidd, Hong Kong
Head of Student Educational Needs, International College

The term ‘cognitive’ refers to thinking, such as reasoning and problem-solving. Cognitive assessments are used with older children, usually from school age onwards.

A major component of an assessment of cognitive abilities involves the administration of tests of:

– General Intelligence
– Academic abilities in Literacy and Numeracy
– Language
– Memory
– Attention, Concentration and Visuospatial Skills
– Planning and Organisation

These are helpful in identifying learning difficulties or other problems that may require special attention.

Attention, concentration, planning and organisational skills are known as executive functions. These higher order skills are needed to plan and control behaviour in order to achieve. This could be anything from impulse control in the playground to success in exams.

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This really depends on the service or treatment. Our therapy sessions usually last for 50 minutes, but may be left open-ended depending on the situation. Group sessions may also differ. We aim to meet face-to-face or online at least once a week for as many weeks as necessary – but again, this may vary. Your therapist will agree on timings that best suit you before you begin any treatment program. Of course, for those in need of more urgent attention, our therapists will make themselves available as soon as humanly possible. Contact us now to schedule a session.

Yes we do – but not all insurers cover every type of mental health care. Please check with your insurance provider if our care falls within your health insurance plan.

Absolutely. We abide by the strictest codes of ethics. Your trust and privacy is at the very core of any therapy. Without it our sessions would be ineffective. That being said, there are some exceptions to this golden rule, particularly if it is a question of safety and there is a serious risk of harming yourself or someone else.

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This will depend on your therapist, the service and the length of your session. For rates or a quotation please contact us directly.

We will do our best to match you with the therapist who is trained and the right fit for you and your individual needs. Ultimately the right therapist is whoever you feel most comfortable talking to.

Usually when we’ve reached the goals we set out to achieve, your therapist will assess whether it is a good time for your sessions to come to an end. A big part of what your therapist will do during sessions is to try to arm you with the right tools and methods to maintain your mental health on your own. The aim is to ensure you gain better clarity and direction. You should leave feeling confident enough to make your own decisions and trust your own choices.

If you or someone you know feels unsafe, overwhelmed and like they could be in a crisis, call nearest hospital or 999 for immediate support.