Why is an assessment necessary?

  • To identify the areas that is hampering the client to succeed in school. The assessment gives insight into areas that need to be supported and or remediated.
  • To make correct referrals to other professionals (Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Remedial Therapists, Neurologists, Psychiatrists etc.) that can support the overcoming of difficulties.
  • To determine if the school environment is the correct placement to support the learner. They may need specialised education or additional support at home.
  • An assessment may also be needed in order to apply to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) or the Independent Examination Board (IEB) for accommodations for exams (please visit the accommodations page).
  • The Road Accident Fund may also require an assessment to ascertain the level of functioning of a client after an accident and if specialised schooling is necessary.
  • To determine if a learner is able to cope with the demands of formal schooling (school readiness).
  • To support learners to make the most appropriate subject choice and career choice for their future studies and profession.
  • An assessment can give insight into the emotional wellbeing of the client in order for them to be supported.