Assessments


Children and adults can access complete educational assessments with SPELD NSW

An assessment can help identify individual learning strengths and weaknesses to find out if an identifiable learning difficulty exists.

With the impact of COVID19 in our community, face to face assessments at SPELD NSW are currently on hold.  However, SPELD NSW is pleased to be able to offer assessments online.  If you are interested in an online assessment please get in touch and we will provide you with more information.  

Who should have an assessment? 

Individuals being assessed have usually struggled with one or more of the core academic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling or mathematics for an extended period of time.

The degree to which they struggle is often unexpected given their capabilities and educational opportunities. Often attempts to remediate the difficulty have been less successful than expected.

Before a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder can be made, it is essential that the child or adult being assessed has received at least six months of intervention focused on improving their skills.

Who will conduct the assessment

SPELD NSW assesses adults, and children from age 6 to 18. Assessments take place at SPELD NSW offices in Parramatta.

Assessments are conducted by a registered psychologist, with clinical experience in educational psychology. Our psychologists have extensive knowledge in literacy, learning and development. Most people, including children, find the various assessments tasks quite interesting and enjoyable.

 

Assessment options

A 10-12 page report is provided approximately three weeks after the assessment with details of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses in literacy (and/or numeracy), evidence-based strategies for remediation, and suggested for accommodations (if warranted), included. The fees cover the costs for the assessment, preparation of the report and a short follow up consultation with the psychologist to discuss the report with you. Our fees are current 1 January 2020. Private health insurers may provide rebates for psychological services. Contact your Health Fund directly to find out what rebates you are entitled to.

Functional Assessment of Literacy (FAL)

2 to 2.5 hours of testing - 1 session

$890 for Non-Members | $860 for SPELD NSW Members
  • Examines an individual’s reading, spelling and writing skills.
  • Includes a measure of IQ and processing.
  • Most suited for individuals with a persistent history of literacy delays.
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning disorder can be made (if appropriate).

Functional Assessment of Numeracy (FAN)

2 to 2.5 hours of testing - 1 session
$890 for Non-Members | $860 for SPELD NSW Members
  • Examines an individual’s mathematical skills.
  • Includes a measure of IQ and processing.
  • Most suited for individuals with a persistent history of numeracy delays.
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning disorder can be made (if appropriate).

Functional Assessment of Literacy and Numeracy

3 to 3.5 hours of testing - 1 session
$1,040 for Non-Members | $1,010 for SPELD NSW Members
  • Examines an individual’s underlying literacy and numeracy skills. 
  • Includes a measure of IQ and processing. 
  • Most suited for individuals with a persistent history of literacy and numeracy delays. 
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning disorder can be made (if appropriate). 

Full Psycho Educational Assessment

4.5 hours of testing. Completed in over two sessions.
$1290 for Non-Members | $1250 for SPELD NSW Members
  • This assessment examines the factors affecting an individual’s performance at school, or in the workplace, in greater depth.
  • Includes measures of IQ and processing.
  • Can include additional testing of various cognitive skills, attention, behaviors and adaptive functioning as required.
  • Most suited to individuals who require a more intensive investigation into their abilities and specific difficulties.
  • A diagnosis of a specific learning disorder can be made (if appropriate).

Diagnostic Review Assessment

1 hour of testing

$195 for Non-Members | $175 for SPELD NSW Members

In some situations, a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder cannot be determined at the time of assessment. Further intervention or assessment from a speech pathologist or occupational therapist may be required. Once further assessment or intervention has taken place, SPELD NSW offers a diagnostic review assessment to consider whether a diagnosis of specific learning disorder is appropriate. 

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SPELD NSW use professional assessment tools and methods. All information is confidential and handled in accordance with SPELD NSW’s privacy policy.

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