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Assessment of Children with High Learning Potential

Potential Plus UK is often contacted by parents wanting to understand their child’s learning profile in order to be able to support their educational, social and emotional needs.

A leaflet with full details about the High Learning Potential Assessment is available to view hereFurther information is available below.

As an organisation whose ethos is based on supporting the social, emotional and learning needs of children with high learning potential, we place great importance on developing resilience and a positive attitude to the life-long process of discovering and developing new skills, talents and abilities. We want children to feel excited and eager to continue on their life-long journey of thriving on learning, welcoming new experiences and seeking new challenges.

In keeping with our ethos of supporting and nurturing HLP children, we offer a unique assessment called the High Learning Potential Assessment to help parents identify and support key areas of their child's development.

Whilst our High Learning Potential Assessment is beneficial for all children regardless of their situation or ability, there are certain times in which Potential Plus UK will recommend an assessment. For example when:

  • there is early, rapid and sustained development of intellectual ability which is not in line with peers; showing need for extra challenge or guided support in areas of weakness
  • there are marked differences between work that is done at school and at home
  • there are significant strengths in some areas, with poorer or possibly below average signs in others
  • there is a deterioration in behaviour showing links to boredom or lack of stimulation
  • there are specific issues such as school phobia, reluctance to write or problems with peer integration

Under these circumstances, an in-depth assessment, carried out by a trained and experienced assessor, can provide parents with vital information to enable them to provide their child with the support they need to reach their high learning potential.

The High Learning Potential Assessment (HLPA) covers cognitive ability, working memory, phonological processing and sensory processing, as well as academic achievement in reading, writing and maths. Parents receive a comprehensive report and a follow up telephone consultation.

What will I get in my report?
The report will include an explanation of the tests undertaken on the day of the assessment, plus the background information collected from the parents and the school (if relevant) as well as observations made on the day. The results of the tests will be clearly stated, along with the interpretations drawn from the results and the background information. Detailed recommendations and an action plan to support the child will be highlighted.

We also offer the following services to members who take up the HLPA service and for whom it is appropriate.

Indepth Sensory Profile

Where the results on the Short Sensory Profile for a child show in the ‘definite difference’ range, we offer an additional service called the Indepth Sensory Profile using Winnie Dunn’s sensory profile tool.

The Indepth Sensory Profile service comprises:

  • an extensive Caregiver Questionnaire that parents take home to complete
  • the processing of the results of the Caregiver Questionnaire
  • a report detailing the results and recommendations for home and school based on these.

The Indepth Sensory Profile service will highlight specific patterns of sensory sensitivity and processing that are causing your child difficulties and provide individualised recommendations for appropriate interventions to aid your child’s development. Background information, observations made during the assessment and your child’s response to any intervention tools used on the day will also be fed into the report.

The cost of this additional service is £100 for members (£150 for non members).

Emotional and Social Profile

Sometimes High Learning Potential children suffer some emotional and/or social problems due to their asynchronous development. Where parents are concerned about a child’s wellbeing and/or social development, we offer an Emotional and Social Profile service to investigate the child’s issues and provide an action plan to support them. This service is available for children aged 7 to 16.

Short emotional literacy checklists covering self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills are completed by the child, the parents and the school (if appropriate). Potential Plus UK is then able to produce profiles showing strengths and weaknesses across these areas so that we can provide an action plan to support the child in the areas they most need it.

The cost of this service for a family report is £150 (£200 for non members). There is the option of having an additional report with appropriate school-based recommendations at a cost of £50 (£75 for non members).

Handwriting Profile

Having a high cognitive ability does not necessarily mean high performance in all areas and handwriting is one of the areas that sometimes holds high learning potential children back from fulfilling their potential. Where this is a concern for an individual who is undergoing a HLPA (aged 9 and up), we offer a service to investigate the cause and extent of their handwriting difficulties and provide recommendations for support.

As part of the Handwriting Profile service we investigate the individual’s visual-motor integration and handwriting speed. Potential Plus UK then provides recommendations for how parents and school can support the individual’s handwriting based on our observation and the results of assessments administered.

The cost of this service is £100 (£150 for non members).

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