Services to parents/carers

"At Epfirst we believe that every child deserves a chance, every child needs a voice, every child should have a champion."

Educational Psychology Firsts' Offer

1.    A Personal Service

Being locally based means that we offer an incredibly flexible service catered to your needs. All assessments are based on consultation and agreed with parents/carers. 

 

2.    A Highly Accessible Team

We almost immediately reply to emails and return phone calls. We develop close, supportive relationships with the parents, families and young people we work with.

 

3.    EHCP Support

We are extensively experienced at contributing to EHCP assessments and can support parents through the process.

 

4.    Administrative Support

Our administrative support ensures that our reports are of the upmost quality before being shared with schools. Completed reports are provided within two weeks of contact time.

 

5.    Professional Standards

All staff hold appropriate DBS clearance, maintain 3 yearly Intermediate Child Protection and data protection training.

 

EPF staff have password protected laptops and phones and communication is through a secure email system.

 

6.    Data Protection

We are a paperless service and all data is held electronically, including handwritten information which is scanned, saved electronically and shredded.

Types of Assessment

The following is an example but no means exhaustive list of the types of assessments we might offer to parents/carers:

  • Cognition & Learning Assessments, which may include:

    • Cognitive assessment (such as The British Ability Scales).

    • Dynamic assessment. 

    • Curriculum Based assessment (Such as The WIAT III).

    • Use of the Cognitive abilities profile.

  • Behaviour Assessments, this might include:

    • Use of self-report measures,

    • Brief functional analysis,

    • Observations, and

    • Motivational Interviewing

  • Emotional Well Being & Mental Health Assessments, which might include

    • Self-report measures such as the Screen of Childhood Anxiety Related & Emotional Disorders and/or strengths and difficulties questionnaire,

    • The use of assessments based on a personal construct psychology approach, 

    • Consultation with school staff,

    • Consultation with parents, 

    • Observations and

    • Liaising with other professionals. 

  •  A holistic assessment of need which might involve:

    • observations,

    • discussions with staff and parents/carers,

    • 1:1 work with the child or young person,

    • review of previous assessments and

    • a comprehensive write up of findings. 

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