What We Offer

We offer Education Consultancy Services for School and Educational Centres

Full Cognitive and Achievement Assessment

When choosing any assessment you always need to keep in the forefront of your mind, what is the purpose of collecting this information, how will it drive intervention? The Woodcock Johnson III (WJIII) is a widely used standardised assessment tool that measures both cognitive and achievement abilities designed to be administered to people between the ages of 2 years and 90 years (although generally it is not used for pre-schoolers). The WJ III is used mostly to identify children and adults with specific learning difficulties, those who are twice exceptional or are gifted. The WJ III is accepted by the NZQA for Special Assessment Conditions in High School and for learning support services in tertiary education providers. Alone the WJIII is not diagnostic, as unlike the diagnosis of medical issues, the diagnosis of dyslexia is not an exact science, however, a combination of WJ III data and a comprehensive family and school history, teacher reports, information about previous interventions, self-reports and current learning performance, can lead to an accurate diagnosis being made. The WJ III is a tool that can help in understanding an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and drive evidence based interventions that match the individual’s needs. Understanding how cognitive weaknesses can affect learning and in turn how we can use cognitive strengths to enhance learning is incredibly important when considering which interventions to put in and where accommodations are appropriate. Alongside the benefits in an educational setting, this information can be valuable in a home environment. Although diagnosis is usually not recommended before 7-71/2 years, early identification and evidence-based intervention is highly recommended as it has been shown to have a large impact on later success in school. We aim to provide a wrap around service to families and schools putting the child at the centre, therefore this assessment includes a one hour follow up consult with the family and a representative from the child's school. This evaluation may also identify if a child has a profile consistent with dyslexia.

Full Learner Profile Assessment

All assessments completed at Learning Matters are for the purpose of therapy. These enable us to formulate a personalised and diagnostic intervention plan.

This assessment evaluation is used a to gain a diagnostic understanding of a student’s learning profile. It details where a student’s strengths and challenges lie and culminates in specific learner recommendations and a diagnostic education plan outlining the path forward for each individual student.

This assessment includes gathering background information, intelligence measures (verbal and non verbal intelligence), oral language skills, word recognition, decoding, spelling, phonological processing, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary.

We aim to provide a wrap around service to families and schools putting the child at the centre, therefore this assessment includes a one hour follow up consult with the family and a representative from the child's school. This evaluation may also identify if a child has a profile consistent with dyslexia.

Half Day Assessment

This assessment option is ONLY suitable when you are certain you will be enrolling your child in our half day school or for both literacy and mathematic sessions. This is to inform in Centre teaching sessions. This assessment includes literacy, mathematics and executive function and enables educators to identify the specific diagnostic needs of students. This assessment takes approximately 2.5 hours.

Mini LM Maths

A Mini Learning Matters Maths assessment informs the development of a diagnostic education plan that will inform the LM educator(s) of the student’s mathematics learner profile. It assesses the fundamental skills of success in numeracy, including a working memory screen. This mini assessment takes 1.5 hours to complete and is suitable for those parents who have made the decision to invest in support for their child.

Mini LM Literacy

A Mini Learning Matters Literacy assessment informs the development of a diagnostic education plan that will inform the LM educator(s) of the student’s literacy learner profile. It assesses the fundamental skills for success in literacy, including a working memory screen. This mini assessment takes 1.5 hours to complete and is suitable for those parents who have made the decision to invest in support for their child.

Home Learning Plan

This support option has been developed to assist home schooling parents and or those parents where weekly or in Centre session support may not be an option. This includes the Mini Literacy assessment as outlined above. A 1 hour follow up meeting with one of our Educators, during which time a home learning plan (based on the assessment findings) will be formulated and shared with you. You will walk away knowing exactly where to start with your child's identified literacy learning needs. You will also have the option to purchase any necessary supporting resources and equipment.

Education Services

We specialise in support for students aged 4 years to adults

MSL Sessions (Group)

Multisensory Language educators teach reading and spelling skills directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach. An MSL group session includes two students, grouped suitably by learner profile, memory and processing capabilities.

These two students work with one MSL specialist educator. Sessions are 50 minutes in length. The educator teaches according to the student’s diagnostic education plan (formulated from a Mini Literacy Assessment) and the Learning Matters Scope and Sequence.

Skype MSL Sessions (1 on 1)

This session includes one MSL specialist educator to one student. Lessons are delivered via the medium of Skype and are therefore suitable for distance students who are not able to be physically present in centre.

The Learning Matters educator teaches reading and spelling skills directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach.

Skype sessions include ongoing monitoring of homework tasks and the inclusion of supported reading development through the use of decodable texts which are sent prior to the lesson. Sessions are 50 minutes in length.

The educator teaches according to the student’s diagnostic education plan (formulated from a Mini Literacy Assessment) and the Learning Matters Scope and Sequence.

Maths Sessions (1 on 1)

This session includes one specialist educator to one student. The Learning Matters educators teach fundamental mathematics skills and strategies directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach. Sessions are 50 minutes in length. The educator teaches according to the student’s diagnostic education plan (formulated from a Mini Maths Assessment).

Half Day Learning

Half Day Learning Sessions from 12.30pm-3pm one day per week is suitable specifically for identified dyslexic learners. Two educators work with up to 8 students.

This opportunity provides a combination of both the MSL group and Maths group sessions in the one afternoon as well as the camaraderie of working with other like minded students in a safe and supported environment.

MSL Sessions (1 on 1)

This session includes one MSL specialist educator to one student. The Learning Matters educator teaches reading and spelling skills directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach.

Sessions are 50 minutes in length. The educator teaches according to the student’s diagnostic education plan (formulated from a Mini Literacy Assessment) and the Learning Matters Scope and Sequence.

Maths Sessions (Group)

Learning Matters educators teach fundamental mathematics skills and strategies directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach.

A maths group session includes no more than three students, grouped suitably by learner profile, memory and processing capabilities.

Students work with one specialist educator. Sessions are 50 minutes in length. The educator teaches according to the student’s diagnostic education plans (formulated from a Mini Maths Assessment).

One Day Learning

One Day Learning is an inclusive and unique day of learning for students who have a learning profile consistent with dyslexia, gifted and talented and or those with other identified language learning needs.

Our One Day Learning enables students with language based learning differences an opportunity to achieve long term academic success through the development of the necessary foundations of literacy and numeracy, while also encouraging growth in self esteem, self efficacy and social skills.

The programme is delivered by passionate educators who are trained in a range of evidence-based teaching approaches and theories. Learning activities are delivered in a multi sensory way using a range of specialist resources.

The day includes literacy, numeracy, skills based sessions with a focus on assistive technology, food preparation, a facilitated sports session, and a passions and or science based focus. The ultimate day of learning.