Educational Psychology Service
Our service offers support to children who have difficulties which affect development. This might be might be related specifically to learning skills or in an area of emotional, social or behavioural development.
Educational Psychologist’s are trained to support schools, parents and children in all areas affecting learning and behaviour. Their role involves working with schools and parents, gathering information regarding a child’s difficulties and helping to put into place appropriate strategies to support child’s development in that area.
During consultations, suggestions may be made to contact another appropriate specialist, such as Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.
Our service can be offered in both full assessment or consultative format, involving both teachers and parents. Much assessment of children’s learning difficulties is now carried out at school and this information is used when discussing strategies.
It may also be useful, depending on the difficulty, to carry out an observation in school. After a review of progress with these strategies in place that a decision is made as to whether further assessment by an Educational Psychologist would be beneficial to gain a bigger picture of the child’s strengths and weakness.
Our E.P’s like to be able to contact other professionals involved so that a programme of strategies is well informed and the support offered as a whole, is not disjointed.
Schools can buy in, in-house sessions with appointments for teachers to speak regarding particular children (this can only be done with the permission of the child’s parents if the child is named or without consent if the child remains nameless). Schools have found this a very effective way to use EP time. For example, they could buy in 2 hours and divide that time into 4 sessions so that 4 children can be discussed.