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Introduction to the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) Information Session

This information session on the Cognitive Abilities Profile (CAP) is an introduction for teachers on the theory behind the CAP and how the CAP can be used as an important consultation and observational tool for assessing an individual’s learning abilities and needs at both primary and post-primary levels.

The CAP draws on Vygotsky’s theory of the Zone of Proximal Development and is underpinned by Dynamic Assessment theories which focus on the learning potential of an individual. Teaching/mediation plays a prominent role in the Dynamic Assessment approach. Dynamic Assessment partly arose out of a dissatisfaction with psychometric testing particularly for individuals who come from a culturally or linguistically different background to what is assumed by many traditional tests.

The CAP comprises three sections:

Section A: Cognitive Abilities- this is the main part of the CAP and is the tool  for the collaborative consultation between, for example, a teacher, a SNA, parents etc. to discuss and score the child’s abilities. It builds a realistic picture of the child or adolescent’s pattern of strengths and difficulties.

Section B:   The learner’s response -to different  teaching activities. This part of the CAP is for the teacher to evaluate the child’s response to  different types of teaching and mediation, in or outside the classroom.

Section C: Task Analysis. This part of the CAP provides a structure for observation of various tasks in or out of the classroom . This enables us to compare the task to what the learner can or cannot do.

During this information session the following will be explored:

  • The main theories underlining the CAP and how they relate to education practice and assessment.
  • How the CAP may be used within a school setting to inform practice and plan interventions.

  • The three sections of the CAP as outlined above

  • A CAP toolkit will be available for participants to look at.

  • Details of the training and costs.

The purpose of the information session is to introduce professionals to the CAP and help them make an informed decision if they wish to pursue a two-day training CPD course on the CAP in the future. Training in the CAP is designed to be used by, and is highly relevant to, educational professionals such as educational psychologists, therapists and Special Education Teachers. The CAP aims to create a greater link between assessment and planning interventions to facilitate learning.

If there is sufficient interest, the CAP training would be provided by Dr Ruth Deutsch who is an internationally renowned expert in dynamic assessment. Ruth Deutsch authored the CAP with Michelle Mohammed and recently completed her PhD on ‘The Reliability, Validity and Educational use of the Cognitive Abilities Profile’.


The cost of the course includes a €2280 base rate excluding the trainer’s travel and accommodation costs, for up to 25 participants. The participants will also need access to a CAP toolkit for the training, it is recommended that there is a CAP Toolkit between every three participants, which costs £245 + VAT each, which comes to €335. The CAP Toolkit can be purchased from the Dyslexia Action Shop. The CAP toolkit consists of, The CAP Administration and Scoring Manual, CAP Record Forms (a pack of 20) and Summary Forms (a pad of 40).

With these costs in mind, the estimated overall cost would be expected to come to approximately €470* per person.

*This amount is calculated to include the maximum cost for the trainer to come to Ireland and complete the training over two days (€2280 base rate and includes accommodation and travel brings the maximum overall cost of €3420 for training) which works out at approximately €136 maximum per person for the training if 25 people participate.

If 25 people participate and everybody buys a toolkit at a cost of approximately €335 euro each this brings the cost to €470. This price may vary for those who will share a toolkit and depending on the cost of travel and accommodation for the trainer.



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