Target audience: Children and teenagers with school difficulties
How long does it last: 2-3 days approximately
How much: 304
How it ends: Final report and possible diagnosis (DSA)
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What does a neuropsychological and speech therapy assessment consist of?
The purpose of the diagnostic process is to perform one accurate assessment of skills and difficulties of the boy, through talks e test tanks standardized to evaluate skills in many areas.
The skills investigated can be manifold, including the language the memory, the caution and the capabilities of reasoning. In cases of school difficulties, standardized tests on learning are also administered (reading, writing e calculation).
At the end of the evaluation, a written report is issued in which the main characteristics (difficulties and strengths) of the person are reported.
In some situations these characteristics allow to make a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder (dyslexia, dysorthography, dyscalculia, dysgraphia), attention disturbance (ADHD) and / or specific language disorder.
Any DSA diagnosis issued at the end of the evaluation is accepted in Emilia-Romagna like a diagnosis from the National Health Service.
Who is it for?
This type of route is particularly suitable for many types of situations. For example, when the person experiences difficulties in staying focused, memorizing information and procedures (texts to be studied, multiplication tables, calculation procedures ...), expressing concepts, reading correctly and understanding written and oral information. In particular, it is useful when some of these conditions are suspected:
- Dyslexia (reading problems)
- dysorthography (spelling problems)
- dyscalculia (calculation problems)
- dysgraphia (problems producing legible writing)
- ADHD (attention and impulsivity problems)
- Speech disturbances
How is it done?
Anamnestic interview. It is a cognitive moment aimed at gathering relevant information on the patient's clinical history. This phase helps to identify the possible problem and provides a first orientation to set up the evaluation phase.
Evaluation and diagnostic framework. During the evaluation, the child (or boy) will undergo some tests that have the purpose, overall, of investigating cognitive functioning and learning performance.
Drafting of the report and return interview. At the end of the diagnostic process, a report will be drawn up which will summarize what emerged from the previous phases. Intervention proposals will also be reported. This report will be delivered and explained to the parents during the return interview, explaining the conclusions reached and the consequent intervention proposals.
What can be done next?
Based on what emerged from the assessment, different paths can be implemented:
In case of a specific learning disorder, by virtue of the Law 170 / 2010, the school will have to produce a document called Personalized Didactic Plan (PDP), in which he will indicate the compensatory and dispensing tools that he will have to use to customize the teaching on the child / boy's learning methods (see also: DSA diagnosis: what to do next?).
In case of other difficulties, for example attention or memory, it is always possible to draw up a personalized teaching plan by virtue of the ministerial circular on BES (Special Educational Needs).
Furthermore, meetings of speech therapy to improve aspects related to language or learning (reading, writing and calculating), neuropsychology courses to enhance attention and memorization skills and parent training courses to find the appropriate strategies for managing any child's behavioral problems.