Cognition and learning assessments

Cognition and learning assessments identify an individual’s strengths and difficulties in relation to their learning. Cognitive abilities are likely to remain stable throughout an individual’s life, and these assessments provide a comprehensive idea of how an individual learns and their learning abilities.

Who is suitable for a cognition learning assessment?
Individuals between the ages of 4-25 commonly seek a cognition and learning assessment, however it would also be appropriate for children under 4 in certain circumstances.

Individuals who experience any of the following may benefit from an assessment:

  • Difficulties with verbal communication and language
  • Academic difficulties such as reading and /or writing
  • Difficulties with memory
  • Difficulties with processing visual information
  • Lack of attention and /or concentration
  • Exceeding expected academic progress
  • Not making expected academic progress
  • Requiring support with their organisation skills
  • Struggle with classroom demands
  • Struggles with following instructions
  • Suspected learning difficulty

    What are the benefits of a cognition and learning assessment?
    A cognition and learning assessment will identify areas of strengths and difficulties. This will be able to guide personalised learning, and ensures individuals are progressing academically by being challenged at the right level.

    Following a cognitive assessment, a report will be provided which will include recommendations for supporting the individual’s learning environment to ensure the individual is reaching their full potential. Further assessments or an intervention may also be recommended.

    What does a cognition and learning assessment involve?
    There are variations in the type of cognitive assessments used, but they all measure cognitive and learning abilities through various tasks, including puzzles, activities, and questions. The assessments can usually take up to 4 hours to complete. This is often split into two sessions, and the individual can take breaks as and when needed. The assessment will take place in a calm environment, and with minimal distractions to ensure a comprehensive assessment.

    Written by:
    Mitra Ben-Lamri
    Counsellor
    SACAC Counselling

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