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Assessments

The learning assessments provided at Raise the Bar Psychology are very comprehensive and include assessment of:

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  • 7 Key Cognitive Abilities known to be important for academic achievement in both literacy and numeracy
    • Fluid Reasoning: Ability to reason and solve problems that are new
    • Comprehension Knowledge: Depth and breadth of knowledge and reasoning, based upon previous learning experiences
    • Visual Processing: Ability to perceive items visually and process visual information
    • Short Term Working Memory: Ability to remember and use auditory information within a short time period
    • Long Term Storage and Retrieval: Ability to store and retrieve information from long term memory
    • Processing Speed: Ability to perform automatic cognitive tasks quickly when under pressure to maintain focused attention
    • Auditory Processing: Ability to hear phonemes (i.e. the sounds of language) distinctly and synthesise them into words

 

  • Specific Sub Skills involved in
    • Reading (reading decoding, reading speed, reading comprehension)
    • Writing (spelling, writing speed, written expression)
    • Mathematics achievement (calculation, math fluency, applied problem solving)

 

  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural development factors known to impact learning (e.g. attention, adaptability, leadership skills)

 

  • Executive Functioning skills known to impact learning (e.g. organisational skills, planning, flexibility)

The comprehensive learning assessments provided at Raise the Bar Psychology are capable of identifying whether learning difficulties experienced are the result of an underlying neurologically based specific learning disorder (such as dyslexia, language based dysgraphia or dyscalculia).

Further they provide insight into a student’s unique profile of cognitive, academic, social, emotional, behavioural and executive functioning strengths and weaknesses. Individuals do not tend to excel in everything, nor do they tend to struggle in everything. Rather they have areas of strength alongside areas of challenge. Pinpointing exactly where the challenges lie offers the capacity for providing very specific recommendations around how to either strengthen the area of challenge, overcome it, or in some cases bypass it completely during the learning process.

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