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Assessing Children with Specific Learning Difficulties

A teacher's practical guide, 1st Edition

By Gavin Reid, Gad Elbeheri, John Everatt


192 pages

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This comprehensive book provides all the information that practitioners need to know about assessment in relation to their pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. The why, how and what of assessment is addressed, whilst the link between assessment and intervention is also a key focus.

Looking at the full range of Specific Learning Difficulties, this book provides practical guidance on implementing strategies that are tried and tested for use in any classroom, whilst also acknowledging that assessment is a process involving other professionals and parents. Addressing issues and topics common in inclusive classrooms around the world, key topics covered include:

    • Specific Learning Difficulties in context
    • Teacher Assessment in literacy, numeracy and movement
    • Motor development and co-ordination
    • Attention factors in learning
    • The key issues on learning differences
    • Self-esteem and emotional literacy
    • How to enhance skills and the self-sufficiency of teachers

Assessing Children with Specific Learning Difficulties will be an invaluable guide for classroom teachers, learning support departments, psychologists and other professionals.


"This book is a thorough but readable guide on the theory and practice of assessing children with specific learning difference" - Graeme Whyte, Special Children

"Overall this is an informative book, specialist teachers can recommend it to colleagues for a better understanding of SpLD and how interventions might work in an educational setting."- Jan Beechey, Dyslexia Review

"This book covers the full range of specific learning difficulties and provides practical guidance in terms of assessment and implementing strategies in the classroom. […] This is a useful, timely and relevant publication" SEN Magazine

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: SpLD in Context –Pointers for practice

Chapter 2: Assessment Process

Chapter 3: Teacher Assessment: Literacy

Chapter 4: Teacher Assessment: Numeracy

Chapter 5: Teacher Assessment: Movement

Chapter 6: Behavioural problems Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Emotional and Behavioural Disorders

Chapter 7: The Role of the Educational Psychologist and Teacher Assessments

Chapter 8: Recognising and dealing with Self-esteem, motivation and emotional needs

Chapter 9: Identifying and Utilising Learning Preferences and Styles

Chapter 10: Higher Education and the Workplace

Chapter 11: Developing an Assessment Framework

Chapter 12: Sources and resources – some guidance


About the Authors

Gavin Reid is a fully registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals (HCPC) in the UK and the College of Psychologists in British Columbia, Canada.

Gad Elbeheri is the Dean of the Australian College of Kuwait; a university providing internationally recognized and accredited tertiary education to the Business and Engineering sectors.

John Everatt is a Professor of Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

About the Series

nasen spotlight

The nasen spotlight series provides practical guidance and tried-and-tested resources for all schools and professionals involved in supporting Special Educational Needs. Written by leading experts and covering a wide range of important issues relating to SEN, the books include accessible explanations and examples of best practice, as well as tools and techniques that you can use to improve provision in school. Several new books are published each year to reflect your changing professional needs, and the whole series is brought to you by nasen, the leading organisation representing SEN professionals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Special Education / General
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education