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PAMS Assesments

We have many years of experience working with parents with learning difficulties, and many families we work with experience a learning difficulty. With this in mind one of our assessments is a PAMS Assessment.

The PAM’s Assessment (Parent Assessment Manual) was developed by Dr Sue McGaw, a Clinical Psychologist in the field of working with parents with learning disabilities.  Our team members have been trained directly by Dr Sue McGaw, and we now provide PAMS assessments at both Centres.

The PAM’s assessment provides a clear picture of the areas that parents require support with and identifies child protection issues by looking at:

  • child care and development,
  • behaviour management,
  • independent living skills,
  • safety and hygiene,
  • parents’ health,
  • relationships and support, and
  • the impact of the environment and community on parenting.


We also use other techniques by Dr Sue McGaw, such as:

  • Breaking down tasks
  • Demonstrating tasks
  • Use of prompt cards/pictorial prompts, symbols, diagrams, digital clocks
  • Use of visual aids/video
  • Addressing issues in small steps
  • Repetition of instruction/input
  • Role play
  • Regular feedback
  • Pictures to show concerns and areas of progress