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Specific assessments

Specific assessments are used to assess an isolated need or a combination of specific needs relevant to one educational or psychological area.

Specific assessments can be used alone or in combination with various other assessments to form a global understanding of need.

You may hear people referring to a full psychological assessment. There is no such thing as a full psychological assessment, as no one test covers every psychological area. What psychologists, or others, are usually referring to when they talk about a full psychological assessment is a cognitive assessment alongside other specific psychological assessments. The specific psychological assessments will be chosen on a case by case basis.

What types of specific assessments do we offer?

We offer specific assessments which can be categorised into the following seven categories:

Assessments vary and can include a structured, formal assessment or it can be more flexible to an individual’s needs and responses. There are some situations where an alternative to a formal assessment would be more appropriate, such as an observation, consultation or intervention. Our psychologists are specialists and in discussion with you would choose the most appropriate assessment for the child or young person.

What areas of need do we assess?

We assess four main areas of special educational needs according to the new SEND code of practice (2015):

The four categories can be broken down into specific needs which will become apparent following an assessment.

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In what circumstances do you do specific assessments?

There are many circumstances where a specific assessment would be required. Our specific assessments can be requested for various reasons by:

We provide assessments to suit your specific need. To find out more or to book a consultation then please contact us to talk to a member of our team.

What are the benefits of a specific psychological assessment?

Assessments carried out by our psychologists come with many benefits, including:

A psychologist also observes the way a child or young person completes the specific assessment in addition to the assessment results. Being able to identify the use of mental strategies, details relating to motor skills and approaches to different questions provides very useful information which will be used to direct any recommendations for the future.

What conditions can we assess?

Specific assessments can be used in isolation or alongside other specific assessments to assess a number of conditions. As conditions may require multiple assessments we have created some cost effective packages for a number of conditions. Our clinical, educational and child psychologists can assess a broad range of conditions, including:

We can also work as part of a multidisciplinary team during the diagnostic pathways of attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (ADD/ADHD), autistic spectrum condition (ASC), language disorders, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) issues and Dyspraxia.

Who can we assess?

We can assess any individual between 0-25 years old, typically our psychologists assess children and young people of school age (4-19). Our psychologists are specialists in education and child development.

Our specific assessments can be used for a broad range of needs to suit your circumstances, so if you are concerned for a child or young person and may require our specific assessments then please contact us to talk to a member of our team.

What happens before an assessment?

Before an assessment we would need background information relating to the child or young person, including reports from other professionals. Completing our referral process is simple and necessary for our involvement, as is signed consent. Background information facilitates our holistic approach by enabling us to understand the child or young person in the context of their life. An initial discussion will occur to discuss the need for assessment and which are most appropriate.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £300.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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What happens during an assessment?

The specific assessments we carry out vary in their content, and can take place in an education setting, at home or in a community setting depending on your circumstances.

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment we will provide a summary of the results and you will have the option of purchasing a complete report. Following an assessment possible future steps and recommendations could include further assessments, an intervention, putting strategies in place or no further input from our team. Specific assessment results can be used to identify strengths, give a description of need, measure progress or to make recommendations to maximise learning potential.

Next steps...

Our assessments are carried out by our team of psychologists who are experts in education and child development. Individuals between the ages of 0-25 are suitable for an assessment to help to identify their specific needs. To talk to a member of our team or to book an initial discussion, please contact us now.

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