Assessments and Consultations

Assessments and Consultations

Parent and student consultations.

This consultation allows parents to review and discuss academic progress and any issues the student may have. It involves taking an academic history, review of standardized assessments and school reports, advice on short, medium and long term academic planning. It may involve a follow up appointment for further testing or screening, e.g. dyslexia screening, or after referral to other professional such as occupational therapists or speech and language therapists.

Most consultation, except for dyslexia screening and DARE and RACE applications are available via zoom.

Dyslexia screening (age 7 -18)

Dyslexia screening is available for students aged 7 to 18 years.

Please allow over 1 hr and 30 mins for these sessions. Results are usually available on the day and a digital and hard copy of reports are issued the following week. The tests used are approved by the Dept. Of Education and the Exam Commission for the purpose of DARE and RACE applications. Copies of school reports with scores from standardized tests (Micra T, Sigma T or Drumchondra tests) should to brought to the appointment.

CAO, DARE and HEAR applications for college.

This appointment is suitable for Leaving Cert. students to enable them to make wise choices in relation to 3rd level college courses. These appointments are available throughout the year.

RACE Consultation

Students can apply for special accommodations for the junior and Leaving Cert, (RACE) such as spelling and grammar waivers, reading assistance or the use of a laptop/word processor. The results of this assessment can be used by schools when making RACE applications.

Subject Choice

Students in 1st year and 5th year often need guidance of subject choices. During the appointment students and parents can discuss the nature of each subject and then guidance is provided on how to pick the best subjects based on student interest and ability, possible subject requirements in the future and the nature of the assessment in each subject.

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Hello, I’m Mary O'Dowd

Mary O'Dowd

Education Consultant

Mary is a registered qualified teacher with over 38 years’ experience and over 20 years’ experience in helping children with specific learning difficulties. She is qualified and registered with the British Psychological Society to carry out educational testing. An expert in dyslexia, she has lectured in Ireland and overseas. In 2005 Mary O’Dowd set up SMART Education to provide educational assessments, consultations, tutorials and workshops for students aged 4 to 18 yrs.

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