It is not easy for a child to go through formal assessment at medical institutions. Unfamiliar settings with unfamiliar people (often with white gowns) are anxiety provoking in themselves. Children with social difficulties are especially in trouble simply trying to deal with the assessment environment.
Having worked in medical institutions as well as therapy institutions, I hope to provide an assessment whose results are closely connected to the needed support in order to minimize the stress and maximize the benefits. This means I provide an assessment based on observation of the child, applying therapeutic play techniques instead of cognitive testings with standardized instruments, in order to attend to the difficulties as well as the strengths of the child in more concrete everyday life situations.
How does it work?
- Interview with the parent(s): What are the difficulties at school? What are the issues at home? What would you like to understand better about your child? Information and concerns the parents can provide are also an essential part of the child assessment. Anything you can share is of great value to the process.
- One to three sessions with the child: Play and/or interview with the child to understand the issues and the difficulties from the child’s perspective and to understand the child’s strengths and difficulties in various areas, such as cognitive, relational and emotional areas.
- Feedback report and a second interview with the parent(s): To provide the parent(s) with an assessment feedback report and share the counsellor’s understanding of the child. The feedback will be focused on the issues presented by the parents at the first session and will include supportive advice that can be implemented at home or at school, as well as suggestions for treatment when necessary.
This assessment can be complementary to the formal assessment the child has already been through (or planned to undertake) in order to attain a more holistic understanding of the child in different situations. The parents are welcomed to bring in results of a previous formal assessment, if desired, to better understand its results in relation to this observational assessment.
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