The scientific look behind learning difficulties
Requirements before Assessment by Blicklabor
1. Hearing and Sight Tests.
The functioning of the ears and eyes should be checked before an assessment at BlickLabor. Any deficiencies or impairments may affect the assessments at BlickLabor and, if uncorrected, may give rise to learning difficulties at school.
The assessments at BlickLabor analyses the processing of auditory and visual information from the ears and eyes to various brain centres. They do not diagnose or correct deficiencies in hearing and eyesight.
2. Minimum age
5- and 6-year-old children (pre-school-assessment)
At this age an assessment in saccade control is not recommended, due to the general development of these functions at this age. Most of the children at this age are overcharged by certain test requests - Nevertheless, these children can be testes in auditory discrimination and visual subitizing to see, whether they meet the general performance of age matched control groups. A specific trainig helps to rectify their visual and auditory functions to guarantee best premises from the first day in school onward.
Complete assessment for children at least in 2nd grade and aged 7 years
Profound deficits in visual and/or auditory functions are usually discovered in the first years of life. However, some deficits only become apparent with the learning of complex tasks such as reading, writing and arithmetic. Unless corrected these deficits may hinder progress at school. A comlete assessment (including saccade control and visual processing) is recommended for children at least in 2nd Grade and aged 7 years.
3. Supporting Documentation
Please bring any appropriate assessments (of Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Intelligence Tests, etc.,) and any supporting information (for example, specific school or psychological reports).
Generally, dyslexia or dyscalculia is not diagnosed until the 1st or 2nd grade. Difficulties with reading, writing and/or arithmetic may be symptoms of dyslexia and/or dyscalculia. Prompt diagnosis and support for these learning difficulties, preferably before the end of the 4th grade, can minimize the impact on the child's school progress.
Medication may affect test results. Please inform us if your child is taking medication.
Children who regularly take Ritalin or an equivalent medication should not be under the influence of this medicine at the time of the testing. For morning assessments the medication can usually be taken afterwards. This may not work with medications with delayed release (retard versions). If this is the case, please tell us when making an appointment.
If you have any concerns about changing the schedule of the medication to accommodate the assessment please consult the prescribing doctor.
Please note: The assessment and training offered at BlickLabor is not a treatment for ADHD.
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