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Learning Difficulty Information Session

As part of National Psychology week 2012 we ran a free information session for local parents on helping children with learning difficulties. You can view a video of the slides with the audio narration by clicking the image below (34 mins): Or click here to download the presentation slides (PDF) And click below to listen to the audio narration (34 …

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Child Learning Difficulties – Important Advice And Tips For Parents

Up to 25% of students have a learning difficulty and, unfortunately, these students are often unable to receive the additional support they need in a normal classroom situation. What are some common causes of learning difficulties? Learning difficulties can be related to: Developmental delay – for example, children who learn to speak at a later age may continue to have …

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Low Cost Child Psychological Assessment – Is It Really Value For Money?

Parents sometimes ask me about the cost difference between our child assessment services and other providers. (Our rates are not the highest in Melbourne but we are closer to the premium end than the bottom end of the market.) In effect, what they are asking is this: Does it really matter who provides the service? The simple answer is YES! It …

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Learning Disabilities (Difficulties)

There are many types of learning disabilities and learning difficulties as we been showed you in this teeth whitening process. Learning disabilities should not be confused with an intellectual disability. An intellectual disability is a severe deficit in cognitive functioning. This is classified by an IQ score of less than 70. An IQ score of 100 is average (range 85 …

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Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)

I am often asked about the WIAT (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test). The WIAT is an individually administered test that takes from 30 to 90mintes to administer. An achievement test measure how an individual is going in certain areas of academic school work. The WIAT gives a good overall summary of functioning in the following areas: reading, maths, written language and …

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Benefits of Psychological Testing @ Year 10

Year 10 in Victoria is often seen as a transitional year for students. Many students are given the opportunity to sample a VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) subject. This prepares them for what lies ahead in Year 11 and 12. Many schools also implement specialised programs at Year 10 to help students with subject selection and study skills. Work experience …

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Child Testing – IQ and Intelligence Testing

Intelligence testing of very young children can sometimes be problematic because young people develop so rapidly. However, there are many benefits for psychological assessment and often the more information and the early the information is gathered, the more tailored the intervention programs can be. Assessment is a way of gaining some understanding of a child in order to make informed …

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Why Conduct Psychological Assessment?

Educational Assessment is useful to determine a student’s individual learning ability and profile. I often recommend a WISC ( Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) or WPPSI-III (Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence) and a WIAT ( Wechsler Individual Achievement Test) as these combined tests provide a good overall indication of a student’s cognitive ability and academic achievement levels. The …

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Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-III)

The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Third Edition (WPPSI-III Australian) is similar to the WISC and is used to assess young children (usually preschool age; 2:6 to 7:3 years). The WPPSI (pronounced “whip-see”) is simply an abbreviation that many psychologists use. It is different from the WISC which is used for older children. (More info on the …

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Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC – IV)

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children is referred to as the WISC. (No, not that type of whisk!) The WISC consists of a series of short sub tests that are used to assess cognitive ability. Usually the scores are consistent across the lifespan.

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