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Welcome to
Adept Assessment

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Dr Lucy Patston

BA/BSc(Hons), PhD
SPELD (NZ) Registered Assessor

Kia ora, I'm Lucy. I live in Auckland with my three children and my partner. I originally trained as a researcher and academic in the area of cognitive neuroscience, but recently re-trained as an Educational Assessor through SPELD New Zealand.


With three neurodiverse children under my wing, I now assesses children and adults who would like to identify their learning strengths and weaknesses. I am able to diagnose Specific Learning Disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia and Specific Learning Needs, such as giftedness.

If you need to know what's going on with your child (or yourself) I can help!

How can I help?

I am qualified to administer the Woodcock-Johnson IV (WJIV) Tests of Cognitive Abilities, the WJIV Test of Achievement and the WJIV Tests of Oral Language, which have been adapted and normed for Australia and New Zealand. The individual tests are short, enjoyable and varied in their style of delivery and response required.

Examinees are tested one-on-one in a comfortable, quiet environment, usually over two 2-hour sessions (including breaks). Within a few weeks a comprehensive report is delivered via email that outlines the examinee's results, interpretation of these results, diagnoses, recommendations and resources to access.

How much does it cost?

$793.50 (incl. GST), payable between sessions one and two.

Where is the testing venue?

Testing takes place at my home in Lynfield, Auckland.

Can parents sit in on the assessment?

Yes! In most cases, this is fine and the environment allows for this. We both want children to receive accurate assessments, so if your child needs you in the room and can concentrate with you present, then it's fine to stay. 

How do I book an appointment?

If you would like to book an appointment, please use the system below to find two sessions between 5 and10 days apart. I will then make contact via email and you'll receive some forms to fill in online before your first session.