Developmental and learning needs assessment is an important part of the intervention. Assesment focuses on establishing developmental and learning needs, strengths, specific abilities and an individual’s level of performance. the scores obtained may lead to diagnosis and recommendations for intervention.
Assessment begins by gathering background information from parents, caregivers and other people who have worked with, known or taught the individual. Different assessment tools are used to evaluate the individual.
Our team of qualified professional therapists, special needs teachers and psychologists work together in the process of assessment. Sometimes, the children may be referred for further evaluation, especially by medical doctors or other practitioners if the condition cannot be evaluated by our team.
Different conditions require different assessment procedures. For example, for those with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), academic difficulties, and challenging behaviours require different psychometric tests.
We conduct different types of assessment ranging from developmental, behavioural, psycho-educational, language, function-based assessments and vocational transition assessments depending on the need. Assessments are selected based on the client’s age and developmental needs and are required for different intervention strategies. They are provided over one or two sessions and include a follow-up meeting with the caregivers, guardians, parents and teachers to review the results with the assessment team.
This is an observational evaluation done to establish the developmental needs of children. Most children who exhibit hyperactivity, short attention span, speech and language difficulties, physical and movement challenges and sensory processing difficulty may benefit from this evaluation. The result of the evaluation is used to develop an early intervention programme which may involve therapies, diet and supplementation, training in deficit skills etc. To achieve this, we work closely with parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists.
This is done to find out the challenges a learner is experiencing and recommend an appropriate intervention that meets the learning style of the individual. Educational evaluation entails assessing the processing ability, learning styles, comprehension, spelling, numeracy skills, reasoning ability, problem-solving, memory (visual and auditory), motor coordination, attention span, activity level and social understanding among others. Children who are branded as slow learners, very active, those with autism tendencies and those who struggle with following instructions, verbal reasoning and social interaction may benefit from this.
Vocational evaluation helps to establish the strengths of a young adult in regards to prevocational and vocational skills. It involves assessing social and living skills, cognitive abilities, motor coordination and pairing the results with the individual’s vocational interests. It extends to vocational counselling, supporting trainers, helping the individual to make the right decision and ‘fit in’ a particular career. Since we do not offer vocational training, we give an appropriate referral.
We recognise the fact that nutritional intake has a significant role in child development and learning. Poor nutritional intake may aggravate certain conditions such as hyperactivity, inattention, emotional challenges and poor cognitive regulation.
Our qualified dietitian evaluates the dietary needs and advises individuals accordingly.
A significant percentage of children with developmental challenges such as children with autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorders tend to have different dietary challenges such as the leaky gut, allergies and food intolerances which, if intervened, lead to improvement in their conditions.