I’m a parent of an eight-year-old boy, and he has been given a positive child development assessment.
He was tested by his parents in school and was found to be academically and socially mature.
However, when he returned home from school the school had received the results of an independent assessment which indicated he had no academic or behavioural problems and was not clinically depressed.
I was also informed by his school that his parents were not receiving any professional training.
As a child psychologist I have no objection to an assessment by parents, but the school’s conduct should be examined more closely.
I would encourage parents to seek professional advice and support from a specialist.
Dr Simon Fraser, PhD, from Melbourne’s University of Melbourne, is a professor of developmental psychology at the University of New South Wales.
He is a specialist in developmental psychology and is an expert on the origins and effects of emotional and social development.
He has also researched the origins of autism spectrum disorder.
His research focuses on the effects of family structure on children’s psychological development and how those impacts are related to the child’s ability to communicate, develop social skills, and to understand and regulate their emotions.