PALS caters to all age groups, providing psychological assessments, reports and intervention strategies. As qualified and highly experienced educational psychologists, we tailor to the individual needs of each client to identify and secure essential supports to enable them to achieve and realise their full potential.
PALS is a small family business that has been in operation for more than fifteen years. During this period we have provided our services to a wide range of clients. These clients include parents, students, and schools, Vocational Educational Committees (Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, etc.), National Educational Psychology Services (NEPS), and recently the North Tipperary Leadership Partnership. While the majority of our clients are in the Munster area, we do operate a nationwide service. We have established good working relationships with our clients over this period, and we hope that the future will see these relationships continue to grow and strengthen.
At PALS, we are passionate about helping people. We offer a large variety of services to children and adolescents. Our goal is to provide assessments and reports for individuals and offer intervention options based on the results of those assessments with the aim of helping individuals reach their potential. With reasonable waiting lists, affordable prices, and reports accepted by the HSE the Department of Education and Science (DES),
Assessments & Testing
Attainment testing is a literacy and numeracy testing only, predominantly used for DARE applications to provide up to date literacy and numeracy scores.
PALS offers professional attainment testing for teenagers, offering leading testing services by professional, qualified, and experienced psychologists.
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This is an assessment focusing on the learning ability of an individual and is used to identify whether a learning difficulty or disability may be present, be it a general learning disability or a more specific learning disability (such as Dyslexia or Dyscalculia). First class and onwards is the earliest recommended age for these assesments.
Using a friendly and professional approach, PALS offers full psycho-educational assessment services for children, adolescents and adults.
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Comprehensive Psychological (and Multi-Disciplinary where Required) Assessment
This assessement includes an overall profile of an individuals Educational, Emotional, Behavioural and Social Profile. Where DSM-5 diagnostic criteria is met, it may diagnose learning disabilites (e.g. intellectual disabilities, duslexia, dyscalculia, etc), Emotional Behavioural Disturances (e.g. ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Conduct Disorder) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Due to a very high level of demand for these assessents, they are only available for school aged children/adolescents. For Autism Spectrum Diorder (ASD) referrrals, 3 years is the youngest age. For other concerns, 6 years and up.
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PALS works with people of all ages. Our assessments give individuals the chance to create strategic interventions so they can achieve their full potential, whether it is in school, at home, or for life in general. Our reports are accepted by the HSE, the Department of Education and Science (DES), and for qualification for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) when applying for Third Level Education entry.
Requesting an assessment is easy. Simply fill out the necessary details and one of our psychologists will be in touch.
“PALS has supported North Tipperary LEADER Partnership to address the educational assessment needs of post primary students in North Tipperary who otherwise may be at risk of early school leaving. PALS have been working with NTLP on this innovative social inclusive initiative since 2011."
Breada Ryan, NTLP, North Tipperary Leader Partnership -01/08/2018
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm looking for an educational psychologist near me. Can you help?
The PALS facility is in Castletown, Ballina, Co. Tipperary, V94 YC90. While the majority of our clients are based within the Munster region we do work with people nationwide.
Do you provide assessments for adults?
We do carry out educational assessments for individuals of all ages from young children to adolescents and teenagers to adults. However due to high levels of demand and a need to prioritize, we no longer provide the more comprehensive assessments for adults (e.g. ADHD and ASD assessments).
How can I get an assessment for my child?
Requesting an assessment is very easy. Simply fill out the PALS Online Referral Form found on the top of this website, and we will be in touch with you in a few days to discuss the referral.
Can you carry out multiple assessments for schools?
Yes, PALS works with a large number of schools. For more details on our school-based assessments, you can contact our team directly. If only one assessment is required, our travel radius is limitted to one hour from the clinc.