“The purpose of learning is growth,
and our minds,unlike our bodies,
can continue growing
as long as we live.”
Just like a medical doctor uses tests to understand what's causing physical symptoms, Educational Psychologists can use tests to help identify the underlying cause of a child's learning problems and to assist them in reaching a diagnosis. For children, these tests are presented as games such as puzzle and block games. Tests and other assessment tools can help a psychologist understand which aspects of a child's development may be contributing to the problem and can be used to inform a child's individual learning plan or identify their support needs.
Educational Psychologists administer tests and assessments for a wide variety of reasons. For example, if a child is having trouble in school, does he or she have a reading problem such as dyslexia? An attention problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Tests for skills such as memory, visual and auditory processing, problem-solving and reasoning, verbal skills, as well as general thinking and learning, can help a psychologist diagnose conditions impacting on a child's school achievement. Psychologists will also often administer tests of academic skills such as reading, maths, and spelling. Together, these assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of the child's problem, and help them to figure out the best way to go about addressing it.
Testing and assessment allows a psychologist to see the full picture of a child's strengths and challenges.