At Focused Education we don’t like the term learning disabilities, we prefer learning differences. However it may be important for your child to be assessed for a learning disability or difficulty by our educational psychologist team.
It’s important because if a child has an assessed learning disability or learning difficulty they are usually eligible for special consideration at their school. NAPLAN tests and WACE exams both allow submissions of disadvantage under strict criteria.
It is important to diagnose and understand your child‘s condition through accurate assessment, diagnosis. therapy and an evaluative treatment plan.
Consideration of disadvantage for a learning disability in WACE examinations.
“Candidates who have a permanent or temporary disability, illness and/or specific learning disability that could disadvantage them in demonstrating their knowledge, skills and understandings in standard assessments may apply to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority to sit WACE examinations under special arrangements. Applications can be for the written or practical examinations. Applications must be made on this form. Each application is assessed separately and the Authority will notify the school and candidate of the decision. The granting of special examination arrangements is not automatic, but depends on the provision of medical and/or psychological evidence plus school-based information to justify the decision. Schools should ensure that they have sighted and placed on record, all medical/psychological documents that relate to their decision to grant special arrangements to the student. Each application is considered on an individual basis with decisions based on the attached supporting medical and educational documentation.” Government of Western Australia-School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
Types of learning difficulties and other conditions considered for WACE exams
- Specific learning disability.
- Illness (e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes).
- Psychological (e.g. autism, OCD, psychiatric conditions).
- Fine motor disability (e.g. handwriting difficulties).
- Hearing impairment.
- Physical disability (e.g. cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy).
- Vision impairment (including colour blindness).
- ADHD/ADD (in conjunction with a paediatrician or child psychiatrist).
- Specific Learning Disabilities including Assessment, Diagnosis and testing for Dyslexia and Dysgraphia Evaluation.
- Psychological – Autism Diagnosis, OCD, mood and anxiety disorders (in conjunction with a Child Psychiatrist.)
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