Child Dyscalculia Assessment 5 – 15 years
A full diagnostic child dyscalculia assessment that investigates cognitive abilities, attainment in Maths and the specific areas of Maths difficulty will take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, whereas a partial child dyscalculia assessment (following a recent dyslexia assessment) will take about 2 hours, as some of the assessments will have already been completed.
There will be a variety of tasks undertaken throughout the child dyscalculia assessment, making it a relatively enjoyable experience for students. These include formal standardized tests (see below) in addition to an informal exploration of current knowledge and understanding of math concepts including place value and the number system, mental & written calculation skills and reasoning skills.
The WRIT (Wide Range Intelligence Test). This element of the dyscalculia assessment provides two measures of Verbal Ability and two of Non-Verbal Ability which give an idea of Underlying General Ability.
CTOPP 2 (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing). This element of the dyscalculia assessment is a very detailed test that provides a measure of: Phonological Memory (short-term auditory memory) and Rapid Naming (efficiency of retrieval of well-known information from long term memory.
TOMAL 2 (Test of Memory and Learning). The Digits Backwards subtest from this element of the dyscalculia assessment provides a measure of short term working memory (how much information can be remembered and manipulated at the same time). Working memory is a key component in mathematical calculation.
WRAT 4 Maths Test (Wide Range Achievement Test). This element of the dyscalculia assessment provides a measure of mathematical attainment.
The formal child dyscalculia assessment test results will be looked at to ascertain if there are any unexpected discrepancies. These results, in conjunction with analysis from the informal tests, will then be used to decide whether dyscalculia may be considered a cause for the difficulties experienced by the student. Finally the report will give recommendations on how to support the student, which areas of maths need to be worked on first as well as games, activities and books to support this learning.
The diagnosis and completed dyscalculia assessment report meet requirements set out by the DFES Working Group which requires the assessor to have completed and passed a course, recognized by – British Dyslexia Association(BDA) and Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS). The “Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Dyscalculia), that I have completed fulfills this requirement.
A full child dyscalculia assessment, including a follow up written report costs £420 and a partial assessment costs £280, both of which are payable on the day, or in advance of the assessment.