Full Diagnostic Assessment Reports
An assessment is a huge commitment for a person who wants to find out more about their areas of strength and weakness. The assessment takes about four hours, depending upon the nature and extent of difficulty. Some assessors only assess for dyslexia, which means that if you have an SpLD other than dyslexia they would not pick it up. Alison has experience and training to assess for the range of difficulties: dyslexia, dyspraxia (post-16 years old) and dysgraphia. For educational purposees only, she can write a report about a person’s AD(H)D indicators (post-17 years old) when applying for support in Higher Education.
Diagnostic Assessments should always be conducted by a certified person, qualified to assess:
- Chartered Psychologist specialising in Specific Learning Difficulties registered with the Health Care Practitioners Council (HCPC)
- Specialist Teacher/Assessor with an Assessment Practising Certificate.
Alison is a Specialist Teacher/Assessor with an Assessment Practising Certificate who has completed over 200 full diagnostic assessment reports and many short reports suitable for examination Access Arrangements (such as extra time), as well as filling in Form 8’s for schools and colleges.
Alison spends time talking to a person who requests an assessment about the reason for the assessment, the nature of their difficulties and the aim of the assessment.
An assessment includes a detailed background history and various tests, as required. The process involves the assessment and a copy of the report. There is also the additional option of having detailed feedback which gives the person who has been assessed the possiblity of talking through the report and its implications.
Alison’s assessments meet the guidelines for Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA) requirements.
Alison has assessed a number of doctors for them to gain an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and to use the report when applying for Access Arrangements in examinations.