In response to a growing number of enquiries and our commitment to develop supportive services for clients, we are delighted to announce cognitive diagnostic assessments for a range of neuro-diverse conditions, or Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs), are now available from VCA Ltd.
Neurodiversity encompasses a wide range of neurological differences, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and specific language impairment. There are strengths as well as difficulties associated with neuro-differences.
We can help with full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. Conditions such as ADHD, Autism and Specific Language Impairment can be screened for, to identify whether further specialist assessment is advisable. For all assessments, recommendations for reasonable adjustments specific to the work and / or assessment context (which are required under the Equalities Act 2010) are provided.
From an employer’s perspective, a diagnostic assessment offers guidance and clarity as to how best to support an employee at work and / or in an assessment process.
For an individual, it provides insight into strategies and mechanisms to make sure they are able to reach their professional potential.
In relation to selection processes, the diagnostic assessment provides tailored recommendations which are specific to the process a candidate will go through. The recommended adjustments ensure a ‘level playing field’ for all candidates to demonstrate their potential. It ensures ND candidates are not unfairly disadvantaged because of the unique way they process information.
While ND candidates may have talents which in an operational context can be an asset, in an assessment arena, strategies used elsewhere may not be accessible. For example, if a candidate has difficulties taking in information through reading, to make sure the process of reading does not inhibit performance in an assessment, reasonable adjustments are critical and this is why they are a legal requirement.
For an individual, the diagnostic process can be a positive step forward in terms of tapping into strengths, developing strategies to support them in their work, and building confidence. Each assessment will provide tailored recommendations specific to work roles and contexts which are invaluable for boosting self-esteem and well-being as well as improving performance.