Types of Assessment

At the Burwood Centre we can provide assessments by a range of professionals. The exact team that works with any particular child will depend upon the questions that the child’s family wish to be answered and is determined when we read your referral information.


Our Audiological Assessment can confirm issues about hearing including the following:

  • the degree of your child’s hearing loss.
  • the hearing thresholds your child has when wearing his/her hearing aids or Cochlear Implants.
  • how well your child perceives speech with and without background noise.

During the assessment our Audiologist will be able to discuss concerns that you may have with your child’s hearing, including issues such as:

  • Are hearing aids appropriate for my child?
  • Would a radio aid be helpful in school?
  • What types of acoustic conditions and modifications does my child need?

Speech & Language

During the assessment the Speech and Language Therapist will use both informal and formal activities to assess your child’s communication skills.

The areas being assessed will include his/her:

  • understanding of language
  • use of language
  • vocabulary
  • clarity of speech
  • social interaction skills

We can assess your child’s abilities in terms of spoken English, sign supported English and/or British Sign Language. If appropriate we may even assess your child’s ability to understand and use written English to communicate as part of the whole multidisciplinary assessment.

Our Speech and Language Therapist will be able to discuss the results of the assessment with you. Sometimes issues parents wish to discuss include:

  • What type of communication mode best suits my child?
  • What are my child’s current speech and language levels?
  • What level and type of support does my child need to develop his/her communication skills?

This includes both general and specific support within the school environment; support from the speech and language therapy service and any support that can be given at home.

Educational Psychology

The Educational Psychologist will use formal assessments and informal discussion to discover how your child is functioning in terms of his or her thinking skills.  This may include assessing your child’s:

  • non-verbal thinking skills
  • verbal skills
  • social communication and interaction skills
  • reading, speaking and mathematical skills

You may wish to discuss other aspects of your child’s school life such as bullying and whether you feel there are any additional needs that you think your child may have. Our Educational Psychologist will be happy to discuss these with you.

Teacher of the deaf

The Teacher of the Deaf can provide valuable insights and advice on the type and level of support needed educationally. They can also discuss the next steps for your child and how these might best be achieved.

The Teacher of the Deaf might work with your child by talking about your child’s current provision and support and access to the curriculum by:-

  • assessing listening skills, both in quiet and in different levels of background noise;
  • language skills and using formal assessments of language and
  • literacy skills.

These areas do overlap with those that may be assessed by other members of the assessment team. A decision will be made either prior to the assessment or at the beginning of the assessment day with regard to which team members assess which skills. It may even be that the Teacher of the Deaf is there just for discussion and to provide advice and recommendations based on other results.