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Every child has strengths and weaknesses that impact on their behaviors. A psycho-educational assessment will delve into a child’s cognitive abilities, social and emotional functioning, academic achievement and ability to sustain attention as well as medical and family history. Once we can identify their strengths and weaknesses, we can provide a ‘road-map’ for parents and teachers to help with academic planning and to maximize their child’s potential.

Mobile Services

The BFDC has been offering Assessment Services for almost 20 years in Hong Kong, and our team prides itself in producing exceptionally high quality assessments. More recently, we have built relationships with with schools in the region, including Southern China and Mongolia, as well as further afield, in countries such as Indonesia, Dubai, Qatar and Ukraine. As a result of our travels, we have become increasingly aware of the lack of services available to English-speaking children living abroad.

The BFDC now routinely travels to neighbouring locations to offer full assessment services as a part of our Mobile Services program. For those children that require follow-up services, our online Student Success Coach can help support, encourage and motivate children to reach their full potential. 

Process

The Pre-assessment Interview

Parents and teachers meet with one of our Clinical Psychologists to discuss the assessment, sharing background information and concerns, before taking away forms to complete, to provide insights into the child’s functioning in a variety of settings.

Testing

Conducted over a minimum of six hours of one-to-one test administration, these are all fun, interactive and positive.

A Team Conference

Members of the assessment team discuss their impressions and the testing results, drawing on everyone’s areas of expertise, and utilizing our wider team of clinicians if necessary, to provide a comprehensive assessment.

The Report

Our reports (20-30 pages) provide a comprehensive picture of the child at the time of the assessment, including background information, observations from parents and teachers, specific test results, summary and conclusions, and recommendations for home and for school.

Debriefing

At our debriefing, we meet with the child and parents to present and explain the results in positive terms, with an emphasis on strengths. Parents will be provided with a full treatment plan for the child, including strategies to address problem areas, as well as how to continue to support areas of strength.

Your Concerns

What is a psycho-educational assessment?

We often see brilliant children who aren’t achieving their potential, or who are fantastic at certain things but struggle with others. A psycho-educational assessment provides an in-depth look at a child’s strengths and weaknesses, demonstrating what may be impeding their progress at school, or making learning difficult. A good psycho-educational assessment will provide the tools to address challenges, while using the child’s strengths.

A comprehensive assessment can:

  • Help determine the specific problem by looking at many different aspects of thinking and learning.
  • Include tips for home and school that will help maximize a child’s potential.
  • Provide parents, teachers and the child with appropriate strategies for success.
  • Qualify a child for specific accomodations that might be necessary within school or with national testing services in the future (such as the SAT, IB or A-Levels). 

Who should have an assessment?

A psycho-educational assessment can be beneficial for everyone, but it can be especially useful if a child is:

  • Unexpectedly struggling in school
  • Having difficulty learning a particular skill
  • Suspected of having a learning disability
  • Struggling emotionally or socially
  • Looking to qualify for testing accommodations (SAT, IB, or A-Levels)
  • Applying to a school that requires a psycho-educational assessment

What does the assessment measure?

In order to provide a complete picture, a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment will measure:

  • General intelligence (through, for example, an IQ test).
  • Specific areas of cognitive strength or weakness, such as visual memory, retrieval fluency, phonemic awareness, long-term memory, and so on.
  • Current academic levels,
  • Ability to sustain attention
  • Behavior
  • Social and emotional development

How should I explain the assessment to my child?

We all have strengths and challenges; discussing this with your child, as well your own strengths and weaknesses prepares them to talk about their own.

Talk to your child about:

  • The tasks they will do – such as puzzles and some school tasks like reading and writing.
  • Most of the tasks are short and interesting, but some might seem dull.
  • Let your child understand that by learning about how his or her mind works, they’ll be able enjoy life and school.

What else should I do to prepare my child?

It’s important that your child is comfortable at the assessment, so please make sure that:

  • Your child has a good night’s sleep before the assessment, and a good breakfast.
  • If your child is taking medication, please be sure that medication is taken on the day of the assessment and is consistent through the assessment process.
  • If your child is not feeling well, please call to reschedule the assessment.

What should I bring on the day of the assessment?

On the day of the assessment, your child is welcome to bring drinks, snacks and toys – after all, we want the experience to be comfortable and enjoyable!

Other things to bring:

  • Glasses or hearing aids, if your child wears them.
  • Copies of recent report cards (if possible).
  • Any reports of previous assessments (psychological, occupational therapy, speech and language, important medical).
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) if your child has one at school.

Who gets the result?

The parents – and after that, it’s entirely up to them. Following the testing, a report will be written, and a debrief session will take place with the parents, child, and whoever else they choose to invite. It is important that the parents receive both written and verbal feedback so that they have the opportunity to ask questions and to hear directly from our Clinical Psychologists.

The detailed report will cover how the child thinks, learns, behaves, and currently functions – this report (or parts of it*) may be a useful tool for the child’s school, doctor, playgroup, tutor, or any other person involved in the child’s life.

*If this is the case, we are happy to abridge the report to your specifications.

Will you send this to anyone else?

The information goes to no one other than the parents, unless the parents have given permission. We do encourage parents to be as open as possible with the school, and invite the child’s teacher to the debrief so they know how to best address the child. We recommend that you include teachers in this process as the child is best supported in a community. However, it’s entirely up to the parents.

How long does that assessment take?

Usually two three-hour sessions. However, as this is an average, we sometimes need to see a child for an additional session to wrap up subtests we have not completed. This is more likely to happen with:

  • Very young children (who fatigue easily)
  • Older teenagers (who complete longer assessments)
  • Those with serious attentional or processing speed difficulties.

Sometimes, however, a third session simply demonstrates the child’s persistence in attempting difficult tasks.

Will you tell my child their result?

We strongly believe that it empowers the child to know his or her strengths and challenges. That’s why:

  • We explain the results and what they mean in child-appropriate terms, emphasizing the child’s strengths and clarifying and normalizing any weaknesses.
  • We explain our recommendations to the child.
  • On very rare occasions, we may suggest two separate debriefing sessions so that we can discuss issues with parents that may be sensitive for a child to hear about.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THE RESULTS??

The report is finished within three weeks after all forms have been received and all testing completed, after which parents and the child are invited for a one-hour debrief.

I’M WORRIED THAT IF I HAVE THE TEACHERS FILL OUT THE FORM, THEY’LL JUDGE MY CHILD.

Teachers often appreciate that parents are taking an active role in their child’s success. We work with schools all over Hong Kong, as well as several in China and around Asia, and teachers are very familiar with the forms.

WILL A DIAGNOSIS OR ‘LABEL’ HURT MY CHILD?

The honest answer to that, is maybe. It can be dangerous to misinterpret a diagnosis due to the cultural differences and misunderstanding of other people, but we believe that a diagnosis should help, not hurt, a child. To ensure this:

  • A diagnosis should be provided responsibly.
  • Parents should be very careful about whom they share the information with and how others might interpret it.
  • We can prepare a report (at the request of the parents) that, without changing numbers or test results, does not include the diagnosis so parents can provide information to those they would prefer not know the diagnosis.

IS MY INPUT IMPORTANT?

Absolutely. As a parent, you know your child best; your input is vital to an assessment. Not only do you have years of experience with your child, but your child may behave differently during the assessment than at home or at school. An assessment can only take a snapshot of your child at one moment in time. Some children are on their ‘best behavior’ while others are very shy or act out because they are excited. Your input, and if possible the input of teachers, helps us get a much richer and more detailed account of the child’s typical performance.

WHO IS ON THE ASSESSMENT TEAM?

Dr. Blurton has selected a team from around the world that is made up of individuals who meet her standards of professionalism, ethics and ability. At present this includes two Doctoral Level Clinical Psychologists, a Medical Doctor, and a Psychometrician.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A TEAM APPROACH?

Having several observers from different areas of expertise means our diagnosis and recommendations are not limited to just one person’s opinion or specialty. This ensures that we are thorough, multi-systemic and objective.

I THINK MY CHILD MAY HAVE AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD).

If you are concerned that your child may be on the Autism Spectrum, please let our administrator know. We’ll modify the assessment to include a more targeted measure of Autism and language.

DO WE HAVE TO DO MORE TESTING?

For most children, our psycho-educational assessment is more than enough. For others, a more in-depth language assessment, occupational therapy assessment or follow-up testing through another professional (for example an ophthalmologist) may be recommended.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE MY CHILD TESTED?

We usually recommend a re-assessment every two to three years. It’s a good measure to check-in on your child’s progress and understand the effects of the treatment plan and intervention recommendations provided. Testing services such as the College Board also look for a history of testing every three years. In order to get accommodations for high school entry, the testing must be recent. Some parents who are particularly concerned about academic progress ask to repeat only the academic portions of the testing every 18 months with a full assessment every three years.

WHAT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

We want you to feel comfortable with the assessment, so if you have more questions, schedule a one hour pre-assessment interview. You are not obligated to continue the assessment process, but pay only for one clinical hour. If you decide to continue, the amount you paid at the pre-assessment is deducted from the cost of the assessment. To schedule a pre-assessment interview, please call (+852) 2869-1962.

全面心理智力評估問與答

什麼是全面的心理智力評估?

一個全面的心理智力評估可深入了解一個人的長處和短處。對於一些人來說,一些特細微的弱點可能會阻礙他們的學習進度。 一個好的心理智力評估應包括如何利用他/她的長處來幫助他/她的一些短處。

有些情況下,父母和老師們都不明白為何一個學生對某些事情很專注,但對別事情卻有困難。一個全面的評估會透過不同角度的觀察和思考去確定問題所在。將更會提供家裏和學校的意見,有助發揮他/她們的潛能,或短處得以改善。

*我們經常看到孩子出現學習困難,這只是他們的潛力沒有充份地發揮。這也是一個進行評估的原因。

誰應該做評估?

報告的知料是很全面,評估對任何人都有好處。很多人做評估只想找出自己或孩子的長處和短處,也有些是因他們所申請的學校需要。

不過,雖然評估報告內容對所有人都有好處,但若果孩子持續地在學習上出現困難,或對某個科目出現困難的話,做評估可讓家長和老師進一步了解他/她的需要, 以便日後學校跟進和有時候可以在一些測驗上得到適合的幫助。(如SAT , IB或A-級別) 。

甚麼方法做評估?

一個全面的心理智力評估應包括一般智力,認知能力, 學習水平,行為和情緒的測驗。該評估包括觀察,測驗和諮詢。測驗包括書寫,拼圖,遊戲,問卷調查,電腦,和聽力測試。

評估將包括一般智力(例如,IQ測試),但也是特定的認知功能,如視覺記憶,語音意識,長期記憶,等等。也應該包括學習水平,專注力,行為和情緒的測驗試因以上所有是有關連的,所以如測驗一樣而不測另外一樣的話會給具誤導性或不完整的畫面。如需測驗的名單可點擊此處。

評估費用?

評估的費用是$20,000港元。這包括整個評估過程和報告。我們會要求您預支港幣$2,000元作為評估預金,剩餘$18,000港元在評估的第一天支付。

如何解釋給孩子聽?

向孩子解釋,每個人都有長處和短處,而且了解自已的長處和短處是很重要的。你可以用自己作例子。(例如:你可能會說:“我的聽力是很好的,但我的視覺記憶卻很差。”)告訴他或她會做一些拼圖、積木和一些課堂上的作業,閱讀和寫作。大部分的測驗是短而有趣的,但有些可能會比較悶。讓你的孩子明白尋找適合他/她的學習放法也是很重要的,這樣他或她可享受學校生活。

孩子前要準備什麼嗎?

評估的前一晚最重要的是孩子有充份休息,和豐富的早餐。如果孩子需要服藥的話,評估當日需服用上學時的服用劑量。如孩子不舒服或發燒,請重新安排新的時間。

評估那一天需要帶什麼?

我們想孩子有個舒適和愉快時間,他或她可以帶喜歡的飲品, 零食和玩具 。

如孩子需要佩帶眼鏡或助聽器,評估當日請佩帶。如有心理治療,職業治療,言語、語言治療,醫療報告或如果孩子在學校有個別教育計劃(IEP ) ,請一同帶報告來。

誰會看報告?

報告完成後,我們跟家長和孩子(和他們邀請的人)聽取報告,會解釋和討論的測試結果。 這份詳細報告會關於孩子的學習,行為,及現在的學習能力。如家長認為這將對孩子的學業,遊戲小組或補習有幫助的話, 可將報告交給他們。,這入報告給誰完全取決於父母 。 *這報告完全是家長的, 可隨意運用 。

* 如有需要,我們可以簡短報告去迎合學校的需要。

除父母以外,我們會將報告給其他人嗎?

不,除非家長要求,我們不會將報告給其他人的。 (參照上面的答案。 )

當然,我們鼓勵家長盡可能跟學校溝通多一點,這樣學校才知道孩子的需要。我們也鼓勵家長邀請老師一同聽取報告,但是這完全是父母的決定 。

評估需時多久?

評估通常是兩天每天三個小時。但由於這只是大約時間,每個孩子需要的時間都不同,我們可能需要孩子回來多一遍去完成測驗。這大機會發生在非常年幼的兒童(因他們容易疲倦),或青少年(因他們的測驗時間會長一點),或者有嚴重專注力不足或處理速度困難的孩子。有時候第三次見面只是意味著孩子非常執著和試圖完成很多超越他/她年齡的測驗。

如何告訴孩子測驗結果?

我們相信,孩子是需要知道自已的長處和短處的。我們會邀請孩子跟家長一起聽取報告,報告由20頁到40頁不等。我們會用孩子明白的語言去解釋結果,也會強調孩子的長處和平常化任何短處。我們會給孩子解釋建議。在個別情況下,我們會要求孩子不聽取報告,使我們與家長可在孩子不在的情況下討論。如果是這樣的話,我們應和孩子有一個單獨的匯報。

何時取得報告?

我們會在完成評估或收齊文件後三個星期內完成報告。我們會邀家長和孩子一同聽取報告。

如果我邀請老師填寫問卷,他們會“標籤化”孩子嗎?

有許多家庭會希望知道孩子是否資優或好奇孩子的長處和弱點而做評估。因此,學校不會太關注,他們都非常熟悉這些問卷的。

確診或“標籤”會傷害孩子嗎?

老實說“可能吧 ”。所以家長要非常小心跟誰分享和他們如何理解報告的內容。有時候, 因文化差異其他人可能誤解某些確診了而被“標籤”。我們強烈認為,確診應該幫助孩子,不應傷害孩子的。父母可要求我們準備一份不包括確診的報告,使我們只提供一些有用而又可幫助孩子的資料。

我的資料重要嗎?

你,作為家長,是最清楚孩子的人,你的資料是很重要的。有些孩子在家裏和學校的行為可能會不同。在評估時,有些孩子的會表現出“最佳的狀態”,而另一些則因在新的環境,接觸陌生的人而感到害羞或興奮。評估的幾小時內我們可以看到孩子短時間內的行為。您和教師的(如果可能的話)資料,可以給我們全面理解孩子和平常的表現 。

Dr.Blurton會進行評估嗎?

Dr. Blurton會參與,她會為每一個孩子寫報告。對於測驗,她會依靠擁有特定背景,興趣和有教孩子經驗的團隊。

誰是評估團隊?

Dr. Blurton的團隊是業界最專業,有職業道德和能力的人。目前這包括兩位心理學家,一位醫生,一位psychometrician和博士級實習生。

團隊有什麼優點?

我們每位成員都有專業知識,可從幾個不同角度觀察和提供建議,這不會局限於一個人的觀點和知識而可以確保了我們的客觀性。

如果我們認為孩子可能有自閉症(ASD)?

如果您擔心孩子可能有自閉症,請告訴我們。我們可以修改評估內容,包括針對自閉症和語言治療的測驗。

我們需要做更多的測試?

我們的評估是相當全面的。如我們發現更多測試會對孩子有利的話,我們會見議孩子做一個更深入的語言評估或職業治療評估,或其他專業人仕(例如:眼科醫生) 。

應該隔多久再進行評估?

我們通常建議每兩到三年進行重新評估,有時候, 使用了我們的見議後在三年裡可以改變很多。有些家長特別關注學業的進展可以每十八個月重測學術的部分,一個完整的評估每三年一次。另外,有些大學會需要一份三年內的報告進行入學評估。

如果我們的問題沒有解決?

如果您有很多問題,可在評估前安排一個會議面談。這個半小時的會議,我們可談論孩子並回答任何問題。完成後你可回家考慮。費用是一小時面談的費用。如果決定進行評估,這費用會在全數扣除。如需安排會議面談請至電2869-1962。