SPELD Victoria offers assessment services to establish a comprehensive learning profile and identification of any learning difficulties for the purpose of intervention and/or diagnosis of learning disorders, with recommendations for the future. Diagnoses are always made in accordance with the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.
All assessments include a consultation session, a feedback session, and a report.
We do this in the following ways:
1) Language Assessments
Conducted by a Speech Pathologist, a language assessment includes – a range of tests from the CELF-5 which investigates both receptive language (comprehension) and expressive (oral) language. More specifically a language assessment looks at your child’s knowledge of and ability to use vocabulary; word meanings and relationships; speech sounds (phonology); word level grammar (morphology); sentence-level grammar; and language memory. A language assessment can diagnose a Developmental Language Disorder and the impact of a learning disability on oral and written language abilities.
In addition, our Speech Pathologist can undertake a combined developmental assessment including a Language (CELF-5) and Literacy assessment (WIAT-III and other tests) for children in the early years to support intervention at school and at home.
2) Partial Educational Assessments (Literacy / Numeracy)
Partial assessments include a variety of educational tests that focus on literacy or numeracy skills (WIAT III and other tests). The specific tests used are selected from a variety of evidenced-based testing materials determined by the child’s age, history and difficulties.
Partial assessments can occur when your child has already had a cognitive assessment (IQ) within the previous 2 years. Where a recent IQ test result is available, it is necessary for this to be sent to us prior to the assessment date for the Psychologist to review. The Psychologistintegrate the previous assessment results with the current results identifying any learning difficulties or disorders. A partial diagnostic assessment tends to take between 3 to 4 hours to complete on the day and includes the written report prepared afterward
A partial assessment includes a comprehensive assessment of either Literacy or Numeracy skills.
Where the Psychologist recommends (or parents request) both Literacy and Numeracy to be assessed comprehensively, this will require an additional Educational Assessment and will be conducted over two days.
3) Full Assessments
Full assessments include a Cognitive assessment (WISC-V) and a variety of educational tests that focus on literacy or numeracy skills (WIAT III and other tests). The specific tests undertaken by a Psychologist are selected from a variety of tests based on the child’s age, history and difficulties.
A full combined diagnostic assessment tends to take between 5-6 hours to complete on the day, with the written report being prepared afterward.
Diagnoses of specific SLDs are always made in accordance with the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.
We do not offer a Cognitive test on its own.
4) Other Assessment Services
Preliminary Consultations: If you are unsure what kind of assessment will be the most appropriate for your child, it is possible for you to book a preliminary appointment with a Psychologist to determine the best pathway. (Cost: $90 per half-hour or $180 per hour).
Where a decision is made to proceed to an assessment, the cost of this service will be deducted from the relevant assessment cost.
Intervention Review: For families who have previously had a SPELD Vic assessment, we offer an additional service. All SPELD assessment reports will include recommendations for future learning and programming support at home and at school. Sometimes it is necessary and/or desirable to review progress once a period of intervention (6 – 12 months) has occurred. One-hour appointments are offered to review progress and refine the written recommendations for future learning. (Cost $360).
5) Assessment Costs
Assessment costs vary between $1200 and $2,700 depending upon which tests are required to understand your child’s current language and learning profile, and whether they have a Specific Learning Disability. The prices reflect the time it takes to undertake the whole assessment process including preparation of the detailed report. Other services are offered on an hourly basis at $90 per half-hour.
6) Assessment Benefits
The single greatest benefit from any assessment is the identification and understanding of the individual’s learning profile, so they can fulfill their full learning potential.
However, SPELD Victoria offers families additional benefits for those investing in an assessment. These include free SPELD Victoria membership for a year, workshop vouchers and other discounts depending upon the kind of assessment undertaken.