Patsy McCaughey is an Educational Psychologist who recognises the importance of viewing every student, child or person as an individual, with their own unique set of challenges. Assessments aim to remediate the barriers to learning and find individualised, evidence-based and effective strategies and interventions appropriate for the client.
A full psycho-educational assessment includes the developmental history of the individual, a cognitive / IQ / ability test, and an attainment test of school skills such as literacy and numeracy. Occasionally, an adaptive skills test is administered to explore the client’s day-to-day ability to perform tasks in different environments.
An assessment of social, emotional, and behavioural skills may also be administered.
Based on these tests, areas of strength and weakness for the client can be identified. Recommendations are provided for the school and the home that will improve the individual’s capacity to perform to the best of their abilities. An outline of supports, resources, and accommodations that might be accessed by the client within the school is provided.
Patsy is also a Deputy Principal in a secondary school in South County Dublin. At the school, his focus is on the pastoral supports provided in the school for the vulnerable students. He has developed a holistic approach to positive mental health that focuses on embedding evidence-based interventions into the culture of the school.
An initial phone call will provide an outline of the client’s referral issue. If both wish 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.
The assessment is administered and this usually takes about three to four hours, but is often broken into two sessions to avoid fatiguing the client.
A feedback meeting takes place approximately three to four weeks subsequent to all the information being received. During this meeting, the report and its recommendations are fully explained.
B.A. (Int.) (NUI)
M. A. (CEU)
H. Dip. Ed. (NUI)
H. Dip Psych. (DBS)
M. A. Ed. Psych. (NUI)
Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland
Full psycho-educational assessments
Specific Learning Difficulties (such as Dyslexia or Dyscalculia)
Screeners for suspected Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Assessments for post-primary reasonable accommodations for examinations (where the school is not able to provide the assessment)