Kiera Groves Educational Psychology Services

Prior to any assessment completed a deposit of £100 is required to secure your appointment payable online or via bank transfer. This deposit can be refunded if due notice is given in relation to a cancellation (one weeks’ notice)

Psychological Assessment

A Psychological assessment typically lasts 2-3 hours and involves a number of features including detailed developmental history-taking, observation and triangulation of information gained through use of questionnaires/rating scales. One-to-one testing certainly covers part of the psychological assessment and as such we have a wide range of tests available for the assessment of intelligence, educational attainments, literacy/numeracy skills and deficits and developmental disorders.

Assessment is carried out for a range of purposes including:

  • Diagnosis of general learning difficulties.
  • Diagnosis of specific learning difficulties in literacy (dyslexia) and numeracy (dyscalculia).
  • Speech language and communication needs.
  • ‘Access Arrangements’ for examinations (e.g., the need for extra time, a scribe, or a reader).
  • Assessments for young people heading to third level education in relation to needs and support required.
  • Adult Assesments.


Following the completion of the assessment, a full report with recommendations will be provided.

Assessment fee: £550

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs Assessment and Support:

Assessment can be carried out in the area of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs. This will typically involve initial one-to-one assessment of the child or young person to determine ability and attainment (Literacy and Numeracy) levels. Observation will form a large component of this assessment including in-clinic observation as well as parental and school questionnaires, which will all inform the findings and recommendationsOther standardised questionnaires and rating scales are also an option. Should school or home observation be required, this can be arranged for an additional fee when consent has been granted.

Furthermore, a full report and recommendations will be provided to support school and home in addressing the child/young person’s needs.

Assessment fee: £550

(NB Final fee to be agreed based on assessment of need and should observations be required at home/in school setting. In addition to this an intervention package can be discussed based on level of needs)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment:

Autism Spectrum Disorder is neuro-developmental in nature and is identified by differences in social communication, social interaction, flexibility of thought and sensory regulation/processing.

Autism assessments will be conducted by a multi-agency team (typically one or more professionals from varying backgrounds). At present we are developing our team to include a Locum Speech and Language Therapist and Community Paediatric involvement. Our team will follow the NICE guidelines and make use of the DSM-5 criteria in relation to presentation.

Assessment of ASD involves gathering detailed background information from early childhood, from multiple sources, and across settings. The practical element of the assessment is completed initially using the ADI-R: The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) which is one of the most widely used diagnostic algorithms in determining whether or not children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ADIR is an interview-based tool conducted by a trained professional (in our team this is a Speech and Language Therapist) with the child’s parents or caregivers. The ADI-R focuses on the developmental history of the child, relying on the memory of the people closest to them.

 The next element of the assessment involves the practical administration of the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) which is completed at our office. The ADOS-2 is an activity-based assessment administered by trained clinicians to evaluate communication skills, social interaction and imaginative thinking using play-based materials with children/young people who are suspected to present with an autism spectrum disorder.  Following consideration of all the information gathered during a detailed clinical discussion, feedback will be given regarding assessment outcomes and diagnostic profile, making use of the DSM-5 criteria. A full report and recommendations will then be provided.

If you have any queries regarding this assessment and process or would like to have your name placed on the current waiting list, please contact us via email or telephone.

Assessment fee: to be determined based on involvement of a range of professionals (starts at £1,300)

Should cognitive/learning assessment and /or a speech and language therapy assessment be required this will involve an additional fee.

If you have any queries regarding this assessment and process or would like to have your name placed on the current waiting list, please contact us via email or telephone.