Educational Psychology Otago

An educational psychologist's goal is for all students to experience success at school. Through the use of assessments, we can gain an understanding of a student's strengths and challenges, then provide a report outlining evidence-based strategies to support them in the classroom and home.

If you have a child who is finding school a challenge feel free to get in touch and discuss if a learning assessment would be beneficial. I will be introducing additional services in the future. If you would be interested in being kept up to date, please signup to my mailing list.

Hello :)

I'm Courtney Sherman

I am a registered educational psychologist. My whole career has involved working with children across a variety of roles - nanny, teacher aide, ECE and primary school teacher, Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), and Learning Support Coordinator (LSC). This has provided me with twenty years of experience working with children.

I have a thorough understanding of child development, the many demands that a student faces in the classroom, and strategies to support learning that are relevant to a modern classroom. I also understand the importance of providing an individualised report that is easy to read and implement.

I have experience working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, giftedness, intellectual disabilities, and anxiety.

I lived in Wellington for most of my life, making the move to Dunedin in 2021. I love to spend time walking my dog at the many beaches that Dunedin has to offer.

If you have any concerns about your child’s learning, – please get in touch.

Comprehensive Cognitive Testing

Personalized Educational Assessments

Cognitive assessments provide valuable insight into the strengths and challenges across five areas:

  • verbal comprehension
  • visual-spatial thinking
  • fluid reasoning
  • working memory
  • processing speed

These areas can impact on a student’s ability to follow instructions, retain information, understand new concepts, and complete tasks in a timely manner. Undetected challenges in these areas can impact a student's self-esteem, motivation, concentration, as well as social and emotional skills. This assessment is known as the WISC.

If a child also has specific academic areas they are struggling with such as reading, writing or maths, further assessment can also be administered. The results can be used to diagnose Specific Learning Disorders, commonly known as dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia. This assessment is known as the WIAT.

The number of sessions depends on a variety of factors such as the student's age, attention span, and speed.

The majority of the assessment tasks are completed on an iPad, which most children find to be more engaging than the traditional pen and paper assessments.

The standardised assessment data is one piece of the puzzle. Combined with information gathered from parents, school and the child, my role is to piece them together and see "the big picture".


Learning Assessment Process

1. Reach Out

Contact me to see if my services will suit your situation.

2. Gather Data

Pre-assessment data gathered from home and school.

3. Assessment

Learning assessment takes place. This may take 2 to 4 hours.

4. Analysis

Data is analysed and report written.

5. Discuss

Face to face meeting to share report and discuss.

6. School Personnel

Meeting with school personnel (optional extra).

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I endeavor to be in touch within two business days.

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