Educational Psychologists have a detailed knowledge and understanding of typical and different patterns of cognitive/learning, social and emotional development.
We also have an awareness of the influence that the interaction between the young person and the environment has on development. Educational Psychology assessments therefore include the social and dynamic nature of learning and behaviour. For this reason professional practice involves collaborative working with the adults who care for the young people (e.g. parents, carers and teachers) and examining the social world in which young people learn and develop ( e.g. family and school). Successful Educational Psychology work is that which can effect change in the different areas of a young person’s development. This can include friendships, family relationships and school organisation.
Educational Psychologists have typically worked with schools and other educational establishments in the assessment and identification of pupils aged 0 – 19 years who have Special Educational Needs. This often includes: cognitive assessments; developmental assessments; specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia; language and communication difficulties; behavioural difficulties; emotional issues; mental health and well-being; social care and family issues. In schools, pupils are often already receiving some support, however parents and staff may also wish to establish whether additional or different support is needed. Sometimes this involves a request to the Local Authority for a Statutory Assessment for which Educational Psychology Advice is required. Parents and professionals not based within Education may wish to request Educational Psychology assessments in order to address concerns about a young person’s development and we also welcome these as we do any enquiries about adult’s needs.