What should I expect from my child's appointment with an educational psychologist?

An educational psychologist (EP) may be one of the first people to assess your child's development.

They are responsible for evaluating your child's educational needs, and suggesting the best way to meet these needs in their environment.

My advice would be to use the EP and any other professionals for their expertise, but don't expect them to do a lot themselves.

Quiz them for strategies and try to get as much of an assessment of gaps in development that you can possibly get.

Ask the EP if they think your child is going to need a statement now or in the future. The answer to this question is a pretty good judge of their integrity. Taking a 'wait and see' stance needs to be extremely well justified.
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Visiting an EP is one of the first steps to a getting a draft statement, as the EP needs to provide a report for the diagnosis and assess whether current nursery provision is adequate.

Unfortunately, Mumsnetters have experienced "a shockingly bad lack of uniformity to early intervention". They warn that that you should be prepared to "record absolutely everything" and when it comes to issues around your child's diagnosis, "don't agree to anything without having time to think about it first".

Your first appointment with an EP may feel rather like a tick-box exercise, so be as bold as you can in asking questions and advocating for your child.

The EP should interact with your child, ideally in both their home and educational environment, and then assess your child's needs and how they can best be met.


Last updated: about 3 years ago