Nicola Diamond McLaughlin recommends Educational Assessment Services (October 2022).
I first heard of Chris in the mid 2000’s while teaching 10-14 year old 2e children who Chris had assessed. Since then, I’ve used Chris to assess children as young as 5 years to 13 years who are neuro diverse. Chris has a great ability to connect with and quickly develop a rapport with children who are outside the box. What can feel like a long and anxious few hours being assessed for these children, quickly becomes an enjoyable time. Chris can easily read the needs of neuro diverse children and tailor the assessment process to best suit their needs. I highly recommend Chris if you have a child who may need someone with lots of patience & understanding.
I just wanted to say how amazing it has been to understand how our son 'ticks’. Your assessment turned my concerns into a celebration of his unique way of thinking, it has been amazing this year to see him grow and flourish. Knowing his brain works differently to others has been so good for building his confidence.
Bex (January 2022)
I would like to thank you for your time and effort that you put into the assessment report you made, I really appreciate it. It has given me a better understanding of my learning disabilities, which I will definitely use during my future studies. It has also given me a better understanding of what I am capable of and it also made me more confident of my own abilities.
Robin (August 2021)
I was recently assessed by Chris as an adult learner who has struggled with my self-esteem for many years but who has completed extensive university training in psychology. Chris was wonderful throughout the assessment with amazing warmth which created a space of safety for me during my assessment. I felt reassured and noticed his non-judgemental stance even when my brain knew I was doing badly. Also, the report made so much sense while outlining a long list of struggles but amazingly highlighted my strengths in a way I felt safe to share with those who need it to help me now.
Lara Lane recommends Educational Assessment Services (June 2021)
Chris assessed my gifted son yesterday. Normally, he is shy in a new environment, but Chris was fantastic and made him feel at home. My son absolutely enjoyed the tests and the time he spent with Chris. As a mother of a gifted child, I have always wonder if my child's educational needs are being met at school, or if it would be more beneficial to let him skip a school year. Chris assessment answered all my questions and she pointed us in the right directions. My son and I are definitely more confident now to move forward. I can't say thank you enough Chris🙂
Lucy Laurentino (October 2019)
My son was assessed by Chris at his private practice, his school had requested we undertake the assessment to establish what his learning capabilities were and what some of his more quirky behaviours could be attributed to. He was very excited to be having some one on one time with an educational assessor and he very much enjoyed the learning challenges he undertook. As a parent I was a little nervous that 3 hours may be a long time for a just turned 8 year old, but my son thoroughly enjoyed himself and said he was given breaks where needed. Being a very energetic child this would have helped to get the best out of him. After the assessment, Chris took the time to enlighten me on his findings and it was obvious that he had really understood my child, which as parents, we were so grateful for. Having just received his extremely thorough and detailed report we are delighted at his recommendations for the school and how my son can go forth now, with the right support to achieve his full potential.
Chris’ assessment of our son was fantastic and provided insights that we have not noticed before and allowed us to understand why we were seeing certain behaviors, and will be of great use in dealing with issues at school. Chris’ recommendations are realistic and his referrals will greatly benefit our son. The testing was conducting in such a wonderful manner our son so enjoyed it he has asked if he can do it again. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Your innate ability to put our child at ease enabled what we feel was an accurate assessment of his abilities and ‘quirks’. As health professionals ourselves, we believe that your recommendations were thoughtful and appropriate. They have been beneficial to our family as a unit and our son as an individual. We would, without hesitation, recommend your services to another parent who is seeking an assessment to know if their child is gifted, is looking for some guidance on how to best nurture their child's strengths, to help in areas they may be struggling and to assist in advocating for the child in an educational setting. Your follow-up service was professional, prompt, thoughtful and encouraging to our child. Thank you for your insights and for helping our family understand our son better and for us to see a clear way forward to a happy and rewarding future.