Learning Matters offer a range of assessments 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.
You may have had an assessment previously and your first question is “Really do we have to have another?" The answer is….. yes.
At Learning Matters we teach your child in relation to their specific needs. We track and monitor their progress in relation to these. This is a crucial step to getting started with your child. We also believe that assessment builds understanding. It is pretty difficult to have empathy when we don’t understand.
Let’s understand the assessment options available to get your child on their way:
- A mini literacy and or maths assessment to begin learning sessions.
- A full cognitive and educational assessment to get a diagnosis.
- A home learning plan for those who wish to support their child at home.
If you want to know whether your child is dyslexic or if they are entitled to special assessment conditions this assessment is the one you need.
Is your child having difficulty with maths at school?
Perhaps they are disengaged and the teacher has pointed out that they are struggling.
Like all parents you just want the best for your child and you value the importance of maths as an everyday life skill.
This assessment is your first step to making a difference for your child.
Our Mini Maths Assessment:
Assesses the foundation skills necessary for success in mathematics, including a working memory screen.
Provides an education plan for your child that identifies their strengths and areas for development. You will receive their education plan within one week and our assessor will make recommendations for support sessions.
Can be administered online. Our mini maths assessment takes up to two hours to complete and includes a 15 minute consult after the assessment to share immediate findings and determine next steps.
***Due to the overwhelming demand for our Mini Mathematics Assessment, we have had to close our assessment calendar.***
We will be unable to take bookings in the foreseeable future while we work through our current waitlist. We understand the frustration and disappointment this may cause and apologise for this.
This assessment is for your child if you or your child’s teacher believe your child is having difficulty reading, writing, or spelling.
It is also for children who already have a diagnosis of dyslexia, but whose parents want to invest in evidence based support sessions for them.
The diagnostics we require for our teaching will not be present in your child's previous assessment. However, we will always request that you send us the assessment you have so we can cut down time and cost where possible.
This assessment enables us to pinpoint what your child’s literacy needs are and supports us all to better understand why a child may not be progressing as expected.
Our Mini Literacy Assessment:
Assesses the fundamental skills for success in literacy, including a working memory screen.
Provides an education plan for your child identifying their strengths and areas for development. You will receive their education plan within one week and our assessor will make recommendations for support sessions.
Can be administered online. This mini assessment takes up to two hours to complete and includes a 15 minute consult after the assessment to share immediate findings and determine next steps.
***Due to the overwhelming demand for Mini Literacy Assessments, we have had to close our Mini Literacy Assessment calendars in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas.***
Bookings for these areas are closed for Term 2 while we work through our current waitlist. In the meantime you may wish to look into the resources we have on our website.
This comprehensive assessment will identify and diagnose a specific learning difference (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and/or dyscalculia) if it is present.
The assessment tools used will be WISC-V (or WAIS-IV for those aged 17 years or over) and WIAT-III. These assessments are used to measure cognitive and educational abilities. Used together, they are able to:
- Identify children (and adults) with specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia), 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.
- Determine if a student may be eligible for accommodations, such as a Reader/Writer, use of computer and/or extra time during exams in secondary school.
The WISC-V (or WAIS-IV) and WIAT-III are accepted by the NZQA for determining eligibility for Special Assessment Conditions in Secondary School and for learning support services in tertiary education providers.
At Learning Matters we go the extra mile with this assessment. Our pricing includes the WISC-V (or WAIS-IV), the WIAT-III, the mini literacy assessment (above) and a one hour follow up meeting with you and (if you so wish) your child’s classroom teacher. This assessment takes approximately four hours to administer and you will receive a clear, comprehensive report in approximately two weeks.
If you are a homeschooler or simply want to provide your child with extra support at home, this home learning plan provides you with direction on what and how to support your child to make greater progress in maths or literacy.
- The Mini Literacy or Maths assessment as outlined above.
- A comprehensive plan, including resource recommendations for supporting your child at home.
- A one hour follow up meeting with one of our educators. During this time a home learning plan (based on the assessment findings) will be developed and shared with you to provide you with increased confidence and purpose.
- Can be administered online.
You will walk away knowing exactly where to start with your child's identified literacy or maths learning needs. You will also have the option to purchase any necessary supporting resources and equipment. The Home Learning Plan is a brilliant segway into the iDeaL Parent Platform.
iDeaL is an online platform for those who want extra guidance and evidence-based resources and lessons to support their child.