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  • School readiness
  • Aptitude tests
  • Scholastic tests
  • Interest questionnaires
  • Personality tests
  • Projection tests
  • Subject choice

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  • Study Skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your child ready for school?

Going to formal school is one of the most momentous events in a child’s life and it is therefore essential that they are ready.  A child who is not school-ready enters the formal learning situation with a deficit and can have a far-reaching impact on how the child gives meaning to the learning situation which invariably has a profound influence on their future learning.  Although formal schooling may assist in the process, it may not always cater for individual children’s needs.

School readiness refers to the child’s total readiness to benefit from formal education in a group situation.  This concerns the intellectual, social, physical, emotional and normative developmental aspects of a child and it is important that these aspects are properly developed so that the child functions optimally within such an environment.  If a child enters Grade 1 with one or more of these aspects not optimally developed they may not develop to their full potential.

The involvement of parents, the nursery-school teacher and other health professionals such as an Educational Psychologist is important in assisting a pre-school child wanting to enter formal school.  It is therefore necessary to assess a child’s readiness for formal schooling, and if necessary timeously build up those aspects which are not fully developed.  School readiness testing ensures that a child’s strengths and challenges are identified in time and, if necessary, such challenges are addressed.  An Educational Psychologist supports this process of assisting the child, family and school prepare for formal schooling. 

 

The importance of choosing the right career

Let’s face it; thinking about your career while still at school is very often a remote and much removed thought.  However, upon getting to the end of your school career, this becomes a very real consideration.  Knowing what career to follow after completing one’s schooling can be a very daunting prospect for both those leaving school and parents alike.  Very often pupils select a direction of study without really knowing if they have the necessary aptitude, personality and line of interest suitable for their eventual choice of career.  Parents also often do not have a fair idea of what career direction their children should pursue and very often can only give their children limited direction based upon what they believe their children’s aptitudes, personality and interests to be.

The importance of this knowledge is furthermore increased by current career trends.  Previously, people would occupy a career for life.  The trend now is that people can change their careers several times during their lifetime and do not necessarily hold on to one career.  The importance of having knowledge about your interests, aptitude and personality can give guidance to future careers taken by a person.  As an Educational Psychologist, I amplify the need for school leavers to undergo a comprehensive assessment in order to determine what possible career/s would suit a specific person.  This assessment involves a battery of tests which assess aptitude, personality, interests and values which will assist pupils, school leavers and students in giving possible direction to future career choices.  This assessment not only points pupils and students into a possible career direction, but also saves one time and money as it is no longer a “hit-and-miss” exercise which can be expensive in the long run if the wrong career direction is pursued, but is rather a professional, objective assessment based on recognised tests.