The starting point is assessment. At Hils Learning we endeavour to uncover the child’s strengths and also assess their challenges to provide appropriate individualised programs. We use an interview and a two hour evaluation session to focus on five key areas of learning – Attention, Sequence, Listening, Social awareness and Memory. Listening to the parent’s concerns furthers our understanding of the child and together we discuss the most appropriate way forward. At this time we provide an explanation of our approach and our methods. We discuss the appropriate number and length of sessions and where the emphasis of our work will be. Evaluation is an ongoing process. While the child is registered at Hils it is expected that parents will meet with the child’s facilitator approximately once a month. These meetings provide an opportunity for the parents to share their input. In addition, there are many informal opportunities to speak briefly to the child’s facilitator.
We also provide formal assessments to meet the requirements of schools. Example of the psychometric testing tools that we use are: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-5th Edition, Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-II UK, Wide Range Achievement Test-4th Edition and Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales-3rd Edition. In addition to these formal testing tools and to provide a complete picture of the child as possible we include careful observations in both formal and informal settings, such as, school and home environments.