Τhe Athena test is one of most reliable tests in detecting learning disabilities. It was drawn at the Psychometric Laboratory of the Psychology Department of the School of Philosophy at the University of Athens. It is suitable for children attending kindergarten and (primarily) the first four grades of the elementary school. It is a very useful tool for the detection of areas of deficiency that may be responsible for the development of learning difficulties.
The test comprises fourteen test areas that evaluate the level and rate of the child’s development, such as mental ability, sequential memory, presentation completion, graphical and phonological awareness and neuro-psychological maturity. After the interpersonal differences (the child is compared to his/her peers for each separate ability) and, most importantly, the personal (comparison between the various relevant abilities in the same area) are determined and evaluated against the child’s clinical examination, the specialist proceeds in drawing an individual intervention program in order to prevent and confront any learning difficulties that the child may face at school.