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Memory assessments

We provide a variety of memory assessments to children and young people in the community, at school or at home.

Who is suitable for a memory assessment?

Memory assessments with us are suitable for children and young people up to age 25. Memory can be categorised into long-term, short-term and working memory, and we can assess one or multiple areas. Difficulties with memory could be demonstrated through a variety of challenges, including challenges with:

Children and young people demonstrating multiple characteristics from the above list may benefit from a memory assessment. To talk to a member of our team and find out more please contact us.

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A child completing a WPPSI subtest during a memory assessment

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We help children and young people with attention difficulties, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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What are the benefits of a memory assessment?

Understanding how an individual’s memory works brings the following benefits:

Putting techniques and strategies into place, and helping a child or young person to understand why they find some areas of their life challenging can help them to become happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.

What happens prior to a memory assessment?

A memory assessment can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.

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.

What happens during a memory assessment?

What happens during a memory assessment will vary depending on the specific aspect(s) of memory being assessed. Typically, children and young people will be asked to remember a sequence or phrase whilst completing a variety of other tasks in addition to recalling information they have seen or heard. The tasks are age appropriate and should take place in a calming environment to reduce unnecessary distractions.

Which memory assessments do we use?

The specific memory assessment used will be chosen based on the individual following an initial discussion. The common memory assessments we use are:

  • BAS3 - British ability scales contain a subtest relevant to assessing working memory
  • WISC V - Wechsler intelligence scale for children can be used to provide information in relation to; working memory, processing speed and auditory working memory
  • WPPSI-IV - Wechsler preschool and primary scale of intelligence can measure a child’s working memory
  • WMRS - Working memory rating scale can provide early identification of working memory difficulties
  • TOMAL-2 - Test of memory and learning can be used from age 5 and it measures; verbal memory, non-verbal memory, composite memory, verbal delayed recall, sequential memory, free recall, associative recall
  • WAIS-IV - Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale provides information about the retention, processing and organisation of information
  • WMS-IV - Wechsler Memory Scale can be used from age 16 and measures the following types of memory; auditory, visual, visual working, immediate and delayed

There are other assessments and ways to measure memory and these will be discussed before the assessment takes place.

What happens after a memory assessment?

After a memory assessment, information will be provided as to what an individual’s strengths and difficulties are. Recommendations can also be made to provide appropriate support to maximise a child or young person’s learning.

Does a memory assessment come with a report?

Reports are available to outline the assessment results and to provide specific recommendations. Reports are also available to be used in support of an application or other use. Find out more about the variety of reports we offer.

Memory can affect multiple areas of a child or young person’s life, and a memory assessment can help to put appropriate support strategies into place. Understanding why specific challenges exist can help in overcoming those barriers to learning. To find out more, or to arrange an initial discussion please contact us.

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 £195.

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  • Includes recommendation summary

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We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Next steps...

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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