Ask around. Some of the people you know may have had some experience with educational psychologists. Ask them if they know someone they would recommend.
Contact organisations that offer information about the issues you may feel are relevant, for example the dyslexia association of Ireland (dyslexia.ie) offer information and assessments. These organisations can be oversubscribed but they will offer some advice and guidance.
Look at other educational psychologists in your neighbourhood and see how you feel about what they offer. Finding someone local is not necessarily vital, but check where the assessment will take place — if you have to travel then proximity is important but if they come to your house it is not important.
Contact an educational psychologist and discuss your referral issue. See if you like them and if they are available.
Depending on the referral question, there are a number of variables that need to be considered when providing a cost for a full assessment.
Access to some additional educational supports no longer need a cognitive ability assessment. Many Reasonable Accommodations for Certificate Examinations (RACE) can be successfully secured by the school at which the student is in attendance. Other supports still need a full assessment, such as an exemption from Irish, and some components of disability access route to education (DARE).
Any previous reports written or assessments administered could provide some of the details required and, as such, there would be no need for a full assessment.
Sometimes there may be concerns over possible other issues, such as ADHD. To screen and test for some other issues requires more time and additional tests. This can add to the overall cost.
The initial phone conversation and/ or personal meeting will quickly provide clarity around these issues and it should be possible to provide a costing for the assessment.
However, for a general guideline, a full psycho-educational assessment with epoché costs €600.00.
An initial phone call will provide an outline of the client’s referral issue. If both parties agree to continue, a meeting will be arranged with the client (and their parents where appropriate). During this meeting the client will have the whole process explained to them to ensure their full cooperation and reduce any possible anxiety and stress for the individual. An interview takes place at this point to seek background details, and a date is arranged for the administration of any assessment.
The assessment is administered. This usually takes about three to four hours, but is often broken into two sessions to avoid fatigue with the client.
A feedback meeting takes place approximately three to four weeks subsequent to all the information being received. During this meeting, a draft report is provided and the report and its recommendations are fully explained and any clarifications are noted. Upon receipt of the agreed payment, the full report is posted to the client.
Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)
Dyslexia Association of Ireland
The Pyschological Society of Ireland (PSI)
Reasonable Accommodations at the Certificate Examinations (RACE)