PsychAssess Services

School Readiness Assessments

A School Readiness assessment is a detailed assessment of your child’s intellectual abilities (IQ), general developmental levels, as well as emotional maturity to determine their readiness to start Grade 0/R or Grade 1.

What does a full psycho-educational assessment of school readiness involve?

  1. An in-depth interview and questionnaire with the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to gain information on the child’s developmental history.
  2. The assessment takes approximately 4 – 5 hours depending on the child’s pace and progress of each task. The assessment is done in the morning.
  3. A feedback session is scheduled for 1 to 2 weeks from the day of assessment to discuss results and recommendations.
  4. A comprehensive written report will be provided.

Is your child ready for “big school”?

School readiness refers to a child’s ability to cope with formal learning in a school environment on a multidimensional level. This includes your child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.

If a child is forced into school when they are ill-prepared or delayed developmentally it may result in:

  1. Boredom
  2. Resistance to learn
  3. Stress and Anxiety
  4. Low self-esteem
  5. Attention difficulties

Note: This assessment is recommended for children who are 5 to 7 years old.

We assess:

  • Verbal and non-verbal cognitive development
  • Hand-eye coordination and fine-motor control
  • Pre-numeracy and pre-literacy development
  • Practical reasoning ability
  • Memory
  • Emotional maturity to start formal learning
  • Personality
  • Ability to pay attention and concentrate
  • Motivation to complete work

Find out more or book an assessment with us today.

IQ and Learning Ability Assessments

Psycho-educational assessment of IQ: Learning strengths and areas for development

Once your child has started school, he or she may not be coping with school or homework, or generally at home. This could result in your child having trouble with reading, spelling, handwriting, following instructions, listening in class, completing work, behaving appropriately, or even making friends.

We offer a detailed assessment which looks at your child’s strengths, abilities and difficulties in the following areas:

  • Intellectual abilities (verbal and non-verbal IQ)
  • Emotional maturity and coping skills
  • Academic abilities: reading, writing, spelling, comprehension and mathematics
  • Hand-eye coordination and fine-motor control
  • Language development
  • Practical reasoning ability
  • Ability to concentrate and maintain focus
  • Motivation to finish work
  • Ability to work independently and correct mistakes

What does a full psycho-educational assessment of learning involve?

  1. An in-depth interview and questionnaire with the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to gain information on the child’s developmental history.
  2. The assessment takes approximately 4 – 5 hours depending on the child’s pace and progress of each task.
  3. A feedback session is scheduled for 1 to 2 weeks from the day of assessment to discuss results and recommendations.
  4. A comprehensive written report will be provided.

Grade 9 Subject Choice Assessments and Guidance

  Consumer Studies, Visual Arts, Life Sciences, Technology…. So many subjects! What will suit me?

We offer an in-depth personalised assessment of your personality, values, interests and aptitude (ability), as well as strengths and weaknesses. We will then assist you with the selection of appropriate and useful subjects for grade 10.

Why are the correct subject choices in high school so important?

  • To ensure tertiary education entry requirements are met
  • Allows for access to the learner’s chosen field of study or course
  • The learner selects subjects that match his/her ability and interests
  • Provides a good match between learner and subjects chosen can help the learner maintain focus and motivation during grades 10 to 12

What does a subject choice assessment involve?

  1. An in-depth interview with the learner to gain information on their schooling experiences, work history, extra-curricular and academic performance.
  2. The psychometric tests focusing on interest, values, personality and aptitude take 4 – 5 hours.
  3. A feedback guidance discussion is scheduled for 1 to 2 weeks from the day of assessment to discuss results and recommendations.
  4. A comprehensive written report will be provided.
Schedule your Subject Choice assessment, today.

Career Assessments and Guidance

Choosing a career or field of study

Are you confused about what to study after Matric? Are you unhappy with your current choice of study? So many careers, so many choices!

PsychAssess offers an in-depth personalised assessment of your personality, values, interests, aptitude, and strengths and weaknesses in order to assist you with the selection of appropriate tertiary studies and your career path.

The assessment is designed to help students understand themselves, which will assist with career planning.

What does a career guidance assessment involve?

  1. An in-depth interview with the learner to gain information on their schooling experiences, work history, extra-curricular and academic performance.
  2. A selection of psychometric assessments which focus on interests, values, personality and aptitude. This takes approximately 4 – 5 hours.
  3. A feedback session is scheduled for 1 to 2 weeks from the day of assessment to discuss results and recommendations.
  4. A comprehensive written report will be provided.

Arrange a Career Guidance session now.

Career Transitions and Change Guidance

Changing your Career or Transitioning through Life Roles?

Are you NOT fulfilled in your current career?

Are you going back to formal work after a “parenting gap”?

We offer an in-depth personalised assessment of your personality, values, interests, life roles, aptitude, strengths and weaknesses in order to assist you with planning a career transition.

What does Career Change Guidance involve?

  1. An in-depth interview to gain information on your work experience, study and life history. This takes approximately 45 minutes.
  2. A selection of psychometric assessments focusing on interest, values, life roles, personality and aptitude. This takes 4 – 5 hours.
  3. A feedback session is scheduled for 1 to 2 weeks from the day of assessment to discuss results and recommendations.
  4. A comprehensive written report will be provided.
We can help you plan your future.

Phono-Graphix Reading & Spelling Therapy

Does your child misread words, make many spelling mistakes or struggle with reading fluency?
Would you like to improve your child’s reading confidence?

Melanie and Chenelle are trained Advanced Reading Therapists in the Phono-Graphix method. Phono-Graphix is a straightforward reading method which was developed by Carmen and Geoffrey Mc Guinness in 1993, at the Read America clinic. It takes the sounds of the English language and teaches the various sound-pictures (letters) that represent those sounds in careful stages.

This method is suited to:

  • Teaching learners to read from age 5 to adult.
  • Remediating reading and spelling problems.

What does a reading assessment and Phono-Graphix reading therapy involve?

  1. A selection of reading and spelling assessments including the Phono-Graphix assessment is conducted to determine the type of reading and spelling difficulties the child is experiencing.
  2. Phono-Graphix reading and spelling therapy sessions are held once a week for 30 or 60 minutes (depending on the learner’s age and ability to sustain attention) for between 12 weeks to 20 weeks (depending on the nature of the difficulty).
  3. A follow-up assessment will be conducted after 12-20 weeks to determine progress and if further lessons are recommended.

Academic Research on the Phono-Graphix Method

International Reseach

Results of the 1996 Orton Annals of Dyslexia study conducted at the Read America clinic by Dr Mc Guinness of the University of South Florida, showed a remarkable 98% success rate at getting clients to grade level in just 12 sessions. This was the average for all clients, including those with reading-related learning disabilities.

Local Reseach

The application of Phono-Graphix has been explored in South Africa with young adult learners as part of a Master Degree in Education at Wits University. A research project was conducted at the Sparrow Skills Centre, where Phono-Graphix was shown to be an effective precursor to the Adult Basic Education and training Level 1 curriculum and other literacy practices.

Read more about Phono-Graphix and further research done: www.readforafrica.com

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