What is Educational Psychology?
Educational Psychologists help children and young people aged 0-25 years who are having a wide range of difficulties in educational contexts. These may be difficulties with learning, social or emotional needs. Educational Psychologists work in a variety of contexts including preschools, schools, colleges, foster and residential care, secure units and youth offender institutions. They work closely with parents, schools and other professionals such as child psychiatrists and social workers. An Educational Psychologist has a number of functions:
- Psychological assessment of learning, social and emotional needs with evidence based recommendations for schools, parents and other professionals
- Consultation and advice to parents, teachers and other professionals
- Supervision of other professionals, such as teachers and social workers
- Policy development and written guidance for schools on a variety of special educational needs
- Psychological intervention with children, young people and adults working with those children and young people on an individual and group level
- Research and Evaluation
Training to become an Educational Psychologist requires the completion of an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology, recognised by the British Psychological Society. This will need to be followed by relevant experience with children and young people. Then the completion of a professional Doctorate in Child, Adolescent and Educational Psychology which takes a further 3 years. The title of Educational Psychologist is a protected title which requires the professional to be registered with the HCPC in order to use it.
What we can help with
Educational psychologists are able to help in a variety of ways including with;
- Cognitive skills
- Executive functioning skills
- Antisocial behaviour
- Social communication
- Adaptive functional behaviour
Educational Psychologists are committed to working in partnership with parents, children and young people in order to identify areas of difficulty and person centred (child, young person and family) planning on ways forward.
Full Educational Assessments
We are able to provide one off full educational assessments of learning, social and emotional needs. What the assessment includes will depend on the particular concerns that you are having for your child. The types of assessment available include:
- A Cognitive assessment – looking at expressive language, verbal reasoning, spatial awareness, non-verbal problem solving, auditory memory, working memory, processing speed, reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.
- A Dynamic assessment
- Assessment of executive functioning – including; planning, organisation, meta-cognition, self-regulation and inhibition
- An assessment of any affective and motivational elements impacting functioning, such as, anxiety, attachment, social, anger etc.
- Discussion with the parents
- Discussion with the school staff
Following any assessments, you would receive a full written report outlining the findings of the assessment and any recommendations for the school or college.
The first step is to call us on 02381 661 208 or fill in the form below. We always try to respond to contact form messages within the day. Our helpful and friendly practice administration staff will ask you some initial questions about what you would like help with and which location or locations you could come to. They will also talk with you about which of our psychologists will be most appropriate and their availability.
If you decide that you would like to see an Educational Psychologist they will then make contact with you to discuss the type of help that you would like. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions or address concerns that you may have before making an appointment.
We know that it is not always easy to get to the point of making the decision to contact someone for help. Louisa and Janet are there to help you through the process of finding the right person to speak to. You will be asked for some personal details during this process. All information shared with us will always be treated in the strictest confidence. Needless to say, all our people are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act (1998).
We welcome referrals from other professionals, however, you don’t require one to see a Psychologist.
The consultation, as with any doctor, is confidential. There are certain situations where information may need to be shared without your consent-if the doctor is concerned that you or someone else’s life is at risk but these situations are rare and every attempt will be made to abide by your wishes with regards to confidentiality.
You will be asked at the outset of therapy whether you would like anyone to be informed of the progress of your therapy. This might be your GP, another therapist or psychiatrist if you are already seeing one, certain members of your family or no-one if that is your wish.
Psychologists are unable to prescribe medication. However, they are always open to working collaboratively with a GP or Psychiatrist if you feel you would like to continue or begin a course of medication.