Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology is the use of Psychology in human learning. Our Educational Psychologist will work closely with Parents, Teachers and Children, in identifying their educational needs. If and when an assessment is required, Parents/Guardians will need to give their consent.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence. This difficulty should be be picked up by Parents and Teachers and through assessment, it can then be defined if there is a specific learning disability.

Each Child with Dyslexia will have a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses.  The indicators of Dyslexia will differ at different ages. Some children will have all of the indicators whereas some may only have a couple of indicators. Here are some of the indicators which may arise for a child ages between 5-12 years old:

– Has difficulty separating words into sounds, and blending sounds to form words (phonemic awareness),

– Has difficulty repeating multi-syllabic words (e.g. emeny for enemy, pasghetti for spaghetti),

– Word reversals (d for b),

– Letter inversions( m for w),

– Word reversals (tip for pit),

– Word substitutions (house for home),

– Reads slowly with little expression,

– May be slower than others to learn new skills, is relying heavily on memorizing without understanding,

– Reading comprehension is below expectation of age,

– May have trouble learning facts,

– Has difficulty learning or planning,

– Poor quality handwriting,

– May have an awkward grip of pencil/pen,

– May have trouble telling the time,

– Has difficulty understanding the connection between letters and sounds;

Some children display all signs, where others may only display some of the indicators. If you or your child’s Teacher is having concerns about your child within their school environment, please contact us to organise an assessment.

If you or your child’s teacher feels that your child is struggling in some way in school, please contact us to discuss how we can help.

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