Consultant Psychologist and Specialist Assessors - is there a difference?
A Blue Sky Dyslexia assessment may be carried out by an independent consulting psychologist who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), or a Specialist Assessor holding the appropriate post graduate qualification (Level 7 Diploma) and an Assessor’s Practicing Certificate (APC). There is little difference between a psychologist and a specialist assessor apart from the qualifications held by each. However, psychologists tend to be able to assess the more complicated cases and those who also have autistic type tendencies.
Both types of assessment involve a series of standardised psychometric tests to measure verbal and non-verbal abilities, memory and processing speed, as well as current literacy and numeracy attainments.
The assessor will investigate the key findings at the end of the assessment and you will subsequently receive a comprehensive confidential report setting out the results in detail. The report outlines strengths and weaknesses and indicates if an individual has a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. It also provides important information about specific learning needs and suggestions for action. All Blue Sky assessors, whether psychologists or specialist assessors can diagnose Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (over the age of 16 for educational purposes) and Dyscalculia, as well as other processing difficulties impacting on speed, attention and memory.
An assessment requires qualitative information in the form of a questionnaire which provides a starting point for a discussion between the client and the assessor. The assessment process takes between 1.5 and 3 hours. Feedback on the assessment will be given at the end of the assessment session and the individual assessor will advise you how long the report will take to complete.