The Educational Psychologist


Educational psychology

Educational Psychology is the art of diagnosing the reasons for a child's behaviour or learning difficulties.

A good educational psychologist will spend time getting to know your child, either by observing them in a variety of settings or, taking time to put a child at ease before beginning the formal assessment process. They will conduct a variety of tests and sub-tests to pin-point areas of difficulty, explain their findings in plain English and recommend strategies that will help. 


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