Assessments

ASK provide independent assessment services with well known and highly qualified educational psychologists and specialists in their specific fields.  Our goal is to provide a quality assessment to children and save time and travel expenses for the parents and most importantly to afford the children to be assessed in his or her home ground avoiding the stress of traveling abroad for assessment.

Role of Assessments

A comprehensive assessment can play a vital role in diagnosing learning, movement, attention and behavioural problems, and can assist with developing action plans to address those problems, and monitoring progress. A thorough assessment will involve gathering information from the parents, teachers and health professionals, and will typically include a full review of the child’s background, formal testing using standardised tests, where appropriate, and observation. It will also include, where appropriate, the views of the child.

The report can help to guide a plan of action at home and at school or at times of transition planning when a move from one school to another may be considered.

The assessment should be an encouraging process seeking out strengths and planning for the future. Some of the time will be spent gathering information from the parent and this is usually done without the child present, so that the parent can freely talk about any concerns they may have. It is useful to have a second parent or carer there while this is happening so your child is not left alone. Bring along a game to play or a book to occupy the child so they are not bored while this is happening. This may take up a quarter of the assessment time.

Preparing Your Child for Assessment

Preparing your child can reduce anxiety and encourage cooperation. The assessment is not an admission of the child’s failure. It is a positive act, aimed at ensuring that all their hard work and attempts to do well can be turned into even better results. Explain what the assessment will involve- discussion with the parents, testing the child and then some guidance and advice to the parents. Make sure that the identification of the child’s strengths is emphasised.

Try to schedule any assessment during the time of day when your child functions best. If things get tough, acknowledge that your child is doing their best and that you are proud of them. Look always to encourage your child.

Assessment Caveats

No single definitive test exists to diagnose a learning difficulty or difference with 100% accuracy. A diagnosis results from the convergence of many tests and may require other health professionals to be involved to gain a full picture of your child’s strengths and difficulties.

Often, observations of a child’s behaviour and social skills assist the identification process. Some children, however, have multiple problems which may make it harder to make a definitive diagnosis.

Assessors

What our parents say

You and the ASK group have selflessly created a wonderful and very essential community service for families throughout Switzerland. You have made our path from diagnosis to ongoing support for our daughter that much less daunting and we thank-you for that.

Congratulations on your achievements.

Selina B. - Parent

Practical Details

Pre-assessment questionnaire

Assessments involve the prior gathering of background information, including the completion of parent questionnaire and if necessary, teacher’s input will also be requested. See each assessor’s individual requirements.

Fees

  • Fees for the independent assessment are set by and paid to the individual assessors.
  • ASK’s administration fee is CHF200
  • A deposit of CHF200 is required for registration. This covers the ASK admin fees and the balance is paid directly to the assessor.

Registration

Dr. Gavin Reid comes to Geneva several times a year and assessments are booked during those weeks.
Priority given to current ASK members in scheduling times.

For the other assessors, their visits are arranged individually. Please contact Joy Tong if you would be interested in arranging an assessment with one of them.

A deposit of CHF200 is required for registration.