Do you feel that your child is not reaching their full potential at school? Do they struggle with learning, attention or processing information in a way that you can’t quite pinpoint? If this is the case, you may want to consider a psychometric assessment for your child.
Psychometric assessments are used to determine a child’s unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. They can also identify core issues and the underlying reasons for a child’s struggles at school. These valuable insights assist in planning for how to best support the child to learn and develop to their full potential, including outlining individualised strategies and interventions that fit with their learning profile.
Indicators in children that may prompt the consideration of psychometric assessment include:
- Difficulties grasping new skills or concepts
- Difficulties with remembering or following instructions
- Difficulty completing whole tasks or extended time needed to complete tasks
- Rushing through work
- Behavioural issues in the classroom e.g. work avoidance, disruptiveness
- Child expressing dislike or disinterest regarding school
- Child expressing low confidence in their abilities
It is important to note that these issues may appear from time to time in all children, rather it is if these issues are consistent, significant and impact on the child’s ability to engage with their learning. What on the outside may look like ‘laziness’ or poor behaviour at school or home may be a child’s efforts to cope with something that is hard for them. Understanding the underlying reasons for these difficulties can help parents and teachers address them more effectively. Furthermore, children with learning difficulties that are undiagnosed or lacking in support may be at greater risk of developing mental health and self-esteem issues. It is important that these difficulties are identified early so that appropriate interventions can be put in place.
For more information on the types of psychometric assessments offered at SACAC Counselling, please see our website http://sacac.sg/assessments.
Dr Thea Longman
DClinPsych/MSc, BPsych (Hons)
Registered Clinical Psychologist