The Learning Difficulties Clinic offers schools and families in the Western Region a multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment of learning problems. Eligible children must be in Grades 1-5 and present with a problem in learning to read/spell and/or do maths that cannot easily be explained by lack of intellectual ability and/or socio-educational opportunities.
The team comprises a Paediatrician, Audiologist, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Neuropsychologist. Assessments are conducted over a period of two days at the Sunshine Hospital.
Children must first be assessed by a Paediatrician for the appropriateness of the referral, and to exclude any other medical conditions. The child's parents and teacher will also need to complete a questionnaire.
Once the questionnaire and the referral are received, the referral is presented at a Clinic Intake meeting where a decision is made regarding the child's suitability for inclusion into the program. Once accepted into the service, there is generally a 3 month waiting period until the first assessment.