Our offices (this is 44 Hanover Street, Edinburgh) are well-resourced, with the latest tests and materials to hand
From the start, we consider each individual’s needs and ensure people are at ease. Our qualified Associates work sensitively with people so that we can advise them how to manage the challenges of dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
We carry out a full cognitive assessment, and then provide a detailed and comprehensive report. This report explains the tests we used in that particular assessment, all scores obtained and a clear and helpful interpretation of them which identifies where to target support. This opens up a positive way forward for future learning.
Why a cognitive assessment?
Cognitive means to do with the way we think. A cognitive assessment provides a profile of strengths and weaknesses. It compares a person’s scores for verbal comprehension, perceptual organisation (visual-spatial skills), short-term memory and speed of processing.
Screening tests can be used to see if a person’s abilities in spelling, reading, writing or maths are at the level that might be expected for his or her age group. A full cognitive assessment can add to this by providing a baseline that shows that individual’s profile of abilities. It highlights areas of strength (for example, verbal comprehension), and shows any particular areas of weakness (for example, processing speed or working memory). We can compare an individual’s cognitive scores with their attainment scores, and this highlights learning difficulties. These difficulties are not always obvious from attainment scores alone.
Cognitive tests are only available to qualified psychologists. They help us identify the possible roots of specific learning difficulties – like dyslexia or dyscalculia – in people who are apparently managing quite well in class or at work. For example, if a person has a poor short-term memory, or needs more time to process information, then this might affect reading comprehension, or spelling.
A full cognitive profile can also help teachers to appreciate the difficulties that a pupil might have, for example, in remembering information or in working under pressure of time.
Where do the tests take place?
Assessments for dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia take place in different venues across Scotland. We have an office at 44 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, and we carry out assessments in Stirling, in the Dyslexia Scotland office. We have consulting rooms in Pollokshields, Glasgow, and in Ayr town centre. We can also carry out assessments by arrangement in the Scottish Borders, Fife, Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus, Inverness, and in the Highlands and Islands. Assessments can also be done in schools, colleges, universities, or in the workplace.
Assessments can be done in our bright and friendly offices in the centre of Edinburgh
We have excellent facilities for meetings, workshops and staff training
How long does the assessment take?
Assessments are tailored to the individual, so the time taken will vary. The average assessment takes around two hours.
How long does the report take?
The report is normally completed within three weeks of the assessment. In urgent cases, we always try our best to accommodate an earlier deadline.