Ensuring your child has the best support in school can be challenging. Often schools will ask you for an assessment to help them support your child in the best way possible. Navigating this process can be confusing for parents and schools alike. At Inclusive Classrooms, we will always work closely with you and your child’s school to clarify exactly what is needed, and to help everyone understand the results.
Cognitive (IQ) Assessments
This type of assessment will look at your child’s profile of strengths and weaknesses to help you understand what teaching strategies will best help them to learn. We assess their verbal skills, spatial skills, logic and problem solving as well as their memory and processing speed. Together this gives a comprehensive profile of their underlying learning skills that may be impacting their performance in the classroom.
At Inclusive Classrooms we use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th edition (WISC-V) which is widely considered to be the gold standard in IQ testing and is accepted by the Victorian Government for the Program for Students with Disabilities when considering educational funding and support.
This assessment looks at your child’s reading, writing, oral language and mathematical skills. It helps you to understand how your child is tracking when compared to other children of their age. It is also helpful in assessment of Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia or Dyscalculia.
Again, we use the Wechsler assessment, (WIAT-III) which is comprehensive and explores the three levels of reading and writing (phonic skills, single word and text level skills) to help unpick where your child’s specific difficulties are occurring. This means that intervention is targeted specifically at where your child needs it, rather than suggesting broad-range strategies that are effective for only some children.
Specific Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia)
Using a comprehensive interview, alongside both of the above assessments, Inclusive Classrooms are able to diagnose Dyslexia and help support you and your child in navigating what this diagnosis means and how you can help them.
ADHD is a brain-based (neurodevelopmental) difference. This means that the brain of ADHDers processes information in a different way to neurotypicals (most people’s brains!). People with ADHD have difficulty with ‘executive functions’. These are the functions in our brain that help us to focus attention, stay on track and organise ourselves. They may also have sensory differences that affect how they learn in a busy school environment. Getting a diagnosis of ADHD can help people to understand how their brain works, and use this to advocate for what they need.
An assessment of ADHD generally involves a developmental interview, cognitive assessment (see above) and questionnaires completed by people who know them well.
Social, Emotional, Behavioural Assessment
Exploring your child’s social and emotional development can help you to understand why they are presenting with challenging behaviours, or not thriving in the school environment. A questionnaire measure completed by you and your child’s school, as well as interview and observation if needed (at additional cost), helps you to understand which skills need to be developed.
Gifted / High IQ testing
Children with high IQs can often find it hard to fit into schools, and their parents may find themselves in a constant battle with the school to ensure their children are given appropriate learning opportunities. Additionally, these children can find it hard to find a peer group that is interested in the same things as them, and who they can meet on an intellectual level as well as a social/emotional level. Using an assessment to understand whether your child is gifted can help you navigate this process. Inclusive Classrooms has a long history of supporting families to discuss appropriate educational choices and to help families engage with high IQ societies such as MENSA, where your child is able to access opportunities that they will find intellectually stimulating.