The Learning Matters Journey
Identifying potential learning differences and evidence-based support options
So where do you begin? We understand this is a big deal, a tricky area for many to navigate. Who do you trust and how do you know that this will make a difference? At Learning Matters we aim to provide a wraparound service to families and schools putting the child at the centre. We recommend beginning with a parental consultation or mini literacy or mathematics assessment which enables us to determine the level of support your child requires.
A diagnostic assessment leads to the development of a personalised intervention plan which informs our Learning Matters educators of the key elements your child is having difficulty with. We like to share this information with your child's classroom teacher and to build a collaborative relationship with them so as to align the teaching approach your child receives for maximum benefits. Confidence and capability are important as we work together to maximise the investment you are making in your child's future education.
What We Offer - Assessments
Learning Matters offers a range of assessments that are designed to identify the specific next learning steps of your child. We teach diagnostically and in a systematic way to enable success, confidence building and greater progress.
Full Cognitive and Achievement Assessment – The Woodcock Johnson (WJIV)
Do you want to know if your child is dyslexic or if they are entitled to special assessment conditions? Then this assessment is the one you are looking for.
The purpose of this assessment is to identify and diagnose a specific learning difference should it be present. This is the McDaddy assessment which identifies and provides scores in relation to intelligence and other cognitive aspects which impact learning.
The WJIV is the assessment that measures both cognitive and achievement abilities the WJIV is used mostly to:
- Identify children and adults with specific learning difficulties, including those who are twice exceptional or are gifted.
- Help in understanding an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and drive evidence-based interventions that match the individual’s needs.
- Identify if a child has a profile consistent with dyslexia.
- Determine if a student is eligible for Reader / Writer accommodations during exams in secondary school.
The WJIV is accepted by the NZQA for Special Assessment Conditions in Secondary School and for learning support services in tertiary education providers.
Full Learner Profile Assessment
If your child is exhibiting dyslexic tendencies this assessment will enable us to investigate their strengths and challenges. The Full Learner Profile will help you to develop awareness and understanding of your child and can help to build a relationship between all stakeholders, enabling empathy and appropriate action.
This assessment will help you to:
- Gain a diagnostic understanding of your child’s learning profile.
- Gather details of where a child’s strengths and challenges lie and culminates in specific learner recommendations.
- Create a diagnostic education plan outlining the path forward for each individual child.
- May also identify if a child has a profile consistent with dyslexia however will not give a diagnosis
- Develop shared understandings between home, school and any external providers as it includes a 1 hour follow up meeting as well as a comprehensive written report.
This assessment includes gathering background information, intelligence measures (verbal and nonverbal intelligence), word recognition, decoding, spelling, phonological processing, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary.
Mini Learning Matters Maths – 2 HOURS
So you just want to enrol in sessions and some great support underway for your child in mathematics. Then this is your first step.
The Mini Learning Matters Maths Assessment:
- Assesses the fundamental skills of success in numeracy, including a working memory screen.
informs the development of a diagnostic education plan that will inform the LM educator(s) of the student’s mathematics learner profile.
This mini assessment takes 2 hours to complete and includes a 20 – 30 minute consult after the assessment to determine next steps and is suitable for those parents who have made the decision to invest in support for their child.
Mini Learning Matters Literacy 2 HOURS
So you suspect or in fact you know that your child is having difficulty in reading, writing and or spelling and/or perhaps your child’s teacher may have expressed concern?
Has your child already had an assessment and has a diagnosis of dyslexia and now you are looking for support sessions?
Another assessment you say? The diagnostics we require for teaching will not be present in your child’s previous assessment so we need to gather these to get into the nitty gritty. However, we will always request that you send us the assessment you have.
This assessment enables us to pinpoint specifics in relation to their literacy needs and assist all stakeholders in developing understanding as to why a child may not be progressing as expected.
The Mini Learning Matters Literacy Assessment:
- Informs the development of a diagnostic education plan that will inform the LM educator(s) of the child’s literacy learner profile.
- Assesses the fundamental skills for success in literacy, including a working memory screen.
This mini assessment takes up to 2 hours to complete and includes a 20 – 30 minute consult after the assessment to determine next steps and is suitable for those parents who have made the decision to invest in support for their child.
Learning Matters Home Learning Plan
Many parents are willing and able to support their child at home. It may be that you have the time, energy and expertise to support your child. This home learning plan will be the platform to direct the specifics of what and how you should support your child to move forward.
This support option has been developed to assist homeschooling parents and or those parents where weekly or in centre session support may not be an option.
- 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.
Ongoing support meetings can be offered through Zoom upon request. This will incur a further cost.
Half Day Assessment – 2.5 Hours
If you wish to seek both literacy and numeracy support
Learning Matters offers this assessment option as ONLY suitable when you are certain you will be enrolling your child in our half day school or for both literacy and mathematical sessions.
This is to inform in Centre teaching sessions and includes: a mini literacy and mini mathematics assessment as outlined above. This is offered to you at a combined reduced rate of $390. The assessment takes approximately 2.5 hours.
Financial Assistance in the form of Scholarships may be available to students and families who meet specific criteria. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
We specialise in evidence-based learning support for students aged 4 years to adults
Distance Multisensory Language Instruction (MSL) Learning – 50 Mins
If you cannot get to one of our centre locations, that’s ok, we have another option for you.
This session is delivered via the online VOIP platform ‘ZOOM’ and are therefore, suitable for distance students who are not able to be physically present in a Learning Matters centre. Children who participate in distance sessions with a Learning Matters educator enjoy 1-1 explicit teaching via technology and experience success in their own home or school environment. These sessions often take place during the school day and provide an opportunity for the child’s parent, teacher or learning assistant to take part in the lesson and to have regular communication.
Through online technology, the educator teaches reading and spelling skills directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach. Sessions are directed by needs identified from the child’s diagnostic education plan (formulated from a Mini Literacy Assessment) and the Learning Matters Scope and Sequence.
ZOOM sessions include ongoing monitoring of homework tasks and the inclusion of supported reading development using decodable texts which are sent prior or directly following the lesson in a shared online folder.
Multisensory Maths Instruction (MSM) Group Sessions – 50 Mins
Like with the Literacy MSL group sessions the Maths MSM includes a maximum of 2-3 children grouped suitably by their assessment profiles, memory and processing capabilities. A maths group session includes these children working with one specialist educator. At 50 minutes in length, the Learning Matters educator teaches according to the student’s diagnostic education plans (formulated from a Mini Maths Assessment).
Working in a group environment enables students to realise that there are other children who face the same learning challenges they do. It enables them to have fun through the inclusion of appropriate games and activities. Learning Matters educators teach fundamental mathematics skills and strategies directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach.
Literacy Multisensory Language Instruction (MSL) Group Sessions – 50 Mins
Multisensory Language educators teach reading and spelling skills directly and explicitly through a multisensory, structured and systematic approach. An MSL group session includes two – three children, grouped suitably by learner profile, memory and processing capabilities. They work with one MSL specialist educator.
Working in a group environment enables children to realise that there are others who face the same learning challenges they do. It also enables them to have fun through the inclusion of appropriate games and activities.
The Learning Matters educator teaches according to the child’s diagnostic education plan (formulated from a Mini Literacy Assessment) and the Learning Matters Scope and Sequence.
Half Day Learning – 2.5 Hours
Half Day Learning Sessions from 9 – 11.30 or 12.30pm-3pm one day per week is suitable specifically for identified dyslexic and dyscalculic learners. One educator works with up to 4 students.
This opportunity provides a combination of both the MSL Literacy 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.