Educational Psychology

A branch of psychology concerned with the scientific study of human learning across the lifespan


Educational Psychology

Assessing and supporting learners to facilitate learning processes in various educational settings across the lifespan


Educational Psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on supporting learners to address their specific barriers to learning and development. These barriers may include social and emotional difficulties, learning problems, under-performance at school, behavioural difficulties and developmental delays. Support is systemic in nature and aims to help learners function more effectively in their different roles at home, school and in their communities by providing the relevant interventions.  


Leaners who are struggling to keep up with the work in school as well as those who seem to have many strengths but are not fulfilling their potential.


An assessment: An Educational Psychologist will conduct a thorough assessment of your child’s learning and identify areas for development, as well as their strengths. The test battery is designed around your specific concerns and aims to make relevant and meaningful recommendations to support your child’s learning. Career guidance and subject choice assessments are also available.

General consultations: These provide parents with the opportunity to discuss their concerns and create strategies to address them. Therapeutic support is also offered.  

Indicators / Difficulties

  • Struggling to keep up with the work in school.
  • Learners who need more time to complete their work.
  • Struggling to keep up with the work in school
  • Learners who need more time to complete their work
  • Experiencing heightened levels of anxiety in tests and exams
  • Not being able to focus in class
  • Having difficulty with specific academic tasks, for example reading, Mathematics, writing
  • You are concerned that your child requires exam concessions, such as having the support of a reader / scribe / extra time
  • Uncertainty regarding subject choices for higher grades or a future career path
  • Teachers are concerned that your child is not ready to start Grade 1, or recommend repeating a grade

Next Steps

At Kids First SA our Educational Psychologist, Verena Strydom, conducts assessments at Kids First and does school visits to observe your child in their learning environment. You will receive a detailed written report of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.