DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE DIFFICULTIES?
It is very common for children to experience some difficulty either in their development, learning, or emotional adjustment at some point in their lives. This can cause stress both to themselves and to those living with them. Any difficulty, however small, can be discussed with an educational psychologist in order to receive advice as a parent, provide support for the child, and explore implications for school if appropriate.
Family life and growing up are varied and complex areas. It is therefore impossible to summarise all the issues that might be touched upon.
The following are a range of issues that might provide examples:
- Help to children with learning, social, emotional and developmental needs both within an educational setting and within the home.
- The needs of gifted children.
- Assessment of development in the early years (2 onwards).
- Assessment and recommendations to parents, schools and other professionals in relation to special educational needs e.g.
dyspraxia, and co-ordination difficulties
attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder,
speech and language difficulties.
- Assessment and recommendations to parents, schools and other professionals in relation to pupils who do not appear to be making the appropriate progress.
- Psychological support, to parents and pupils where there are behavioural difficulties either in home or at school e.g. tantrums, sleep difficulties, eating problems, moodiness.
- Independent advice in relation to parental requests to Local Education Authorities for statutory assessments and tribunal hearings.
- Exam board reports e.g. GCSE, A Levels and Universities: requests for extra time and other Special Arrangements in exams, specialised provision e.g. laptops and LEA funding for resources in FE