Here some suggested organisations that offer expert advice on SN.

Does an educational psychologist only assess children that are struggling academically?

(7 Posts)
gatorgolf Fri 07-Oct-16 12:08:00

That's my full question really, don't want to go into reasons I am asking but not sure it's correct

zzzzz Fri 07-Oct-16 12:34:41

No they basically advise on how to support children's learning. Generally that's only addressed with those lagging/struggling though.

A teacher with lots of experience is likely to need less support teaching either end of the ability/disability range.

OneInEight Fri 07-Oct-16 13:55:17

Nope, school called an EP into see mine because of challenging behaviour and social communication difficulties despite them being above averageacademically..

blaeberry Fri 07-Oct-16 14:32:24

Depends if you mean privately or through school. Schools often need to buy in EP time or only get allocated a limited amount so they priorities those who are struggling either academically or with their behaviour.

BoogleMcGroogle Fri 07-Oct-16 14:34:19

EP's work with children of all ages who, for whatever reason have a barrier to learning or other barriers to being included as part of their school community. This week I've seen a preschooler with PDAS, a child in care with complex attachment difficulties and a year six with specific learning difficulties. Sometimes I work directly with children but also with families and school staff- depending on who needs support. My son has a speech sound disorder and he saw an EP (not his mum) as part of his EHC needs assessment.

Melawati Fri 07-Oct-16 18:42:35

No, but school was extremely reluctant to call one in, and we ended going private for my DD who was achieving well but not meeting potential and struggling with aspects of school and classroom life.
It was worth it, I think, and was useful when we applied for an EHCP, although the LA EP did their own assessment.

gatorgolf Fri 07-Oct-16 18:56:04

Thx for comments sorry I don't want to post too much about situation at this point in time but comments are really helpful to me

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