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.

Diagnostic assessments

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.

Selection/ promotion 

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.

Individual support

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.

Client quotes

“Since (my coaching) I have totally started to change the way I view myself, for the best, maybe giving myself a little bit less of a hard time”.

“Thank you for helping me understand …. dyslexia, I have already put some of the points we discussed into action and they have been helping me to further improve my writing and reading of reports and other work tasks”.

“Thank you for taking the time and being patient with me whilst I did each test. Can’t put it in to words but I will try, it was a very powerful and encouraging meeting for me. It was amazing to get clarification and to finally have that weight taken off my shoulders. It has been a long time coming waiting to discover fully what I knew was always there”

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