what is assessed?

Each student is unique, so each assessment should be uniqually tailored to that individual's needs. 

Before starting an assessment Dr. Alicia Chodkiewicz with speak with a student's parents and teachers to identify the questions that they have. She will then select the specific tests that will help her answer those questions.

Below is an outline of some of the areas investigated and the tests that may be used. An assessment may investigate just one of these areas or multiple, depending on an individual's needs. 

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COGNITIVE ASSESSMENTS

These assessments (otherwise known as IQ tests) help identify how an individual's brain works by investigating the following skills:

  • Verbal Skills

  • Visualisation  

  • Logical Thinking

  • Memory

  • Speed of Thinking 

Knowing an individual's profile of strengths and challenges is important to understand why a student may be struggling and how to best support them.

 A list of the tests and questionnaires that might be used for an assessment are displayed below. 

Click on each icon to learn more about each tool. 

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Children & Adolescent Memory Profile
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ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS

These assessments can show if an individual has developed the academic skills expected for someone their age. These assessments look at:

  • Reading

  • Writting

  • Mathematics

This is important to identify whether a student needs extra support or to diagnose a learning disorder

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 A list of the tests and questionnaires that might be used for an assessment are displayed below. 

Click on each icon to learn more about each tool. 

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ATTENTION & EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS ASSESSMENTS

These assessments help identify if a student is struggling with attention or executive functioning skills at home or school. It may be important to investigate these skills if  a student is struggling with:

  • ​concentration & distractability

  • restlessness & hyperactivity

  • organisation & time management

  • Following directions &  completing tasks

 A list of the tests and questionnaires that might be used for an assessment are displayed below. 

Click on each icon to learn more about each tool. 

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OTHER FACTORS IMPACTING LEARNING

There are many other factors that can impact a student's learning capacity and wellbeing that may be important to consider in an assessment, These include the way a student thinks about themselves and their learning, as well as the study habits that they have developed. Knowing more about a student's personal strengths can also help them choose learning pathways that are right for them. 

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 A list of the tests and questionnaires that might be used for an assessment are displayed below. 

Click on each icon to learn more about each tool. 

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Motivation & Engagement Scale
Test Anxiety Inventory
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Values in Action Survey
Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire