Developmental Assessments (0-6 years)
Developmental assessments are often required in young children (0-6) years to determine how children are developing in comparison to their peers. Children’s strengths and weaknesses are determined to assess if there is a need for early intervention services.
Cognitive assessments are often required for children, adolescents and adults to determine cognitive abilities in comparison to peers of the same age level. These assessments are often used for funding purposes to determine eligibility for additional support services and assist in identifying strengths and weaknesses for intervention planning for the future.
Adaptive Functioning Assessments
Assessments of adaptive functioning are often completed in conjunction with cognitive assessments to assess independence across a range of different areas in comparison to aged matched peers to also identify strengths and weaknesses for intervention planning for the future.
Educational / Academic Achievement / Learning Disability
An educational assessment is often completed to determine whether a child / adolescent may have a significant learning issue, or specific learning disorder. This assessment involves a combination of a measures including a cognitive assessment and assessment of academic achievement. They are usually administered when there is evidence of a number of difficulties which include, but are not limited to poor academic results, behavioual difficulties, discrepancy between intelligence and academic abilities. These assessments identify strengths and weaknesses in academic areas to assist in future interventions.
Autism Spectrum Assessment
An Autism Spectrum assessment is often required to determine if a child, adolescent has deficits in their social and communication abilities, in addition to some restricted interests or repetitive behaviours. A comprehensive assessment is required to determine whether a child or adolescent may be presenting with significant traits consistent with an autism spectrum diagnosis. Since there is no one specific assessment tool for autism, an assessment requires a number of measures, clinical evaluation and multi informants. The assessment results identify individual strengths and weaknesses to guide future interventions and are often used for funding purposes to assist with ongoing support services in the school and community.
A number of assessments may be required if your child / adolescent or an adult is struggling with a range of behaviours. This might include social and or emotional difficulties, attention and concentration issues (ADHD), compliance, oppositional behaviour (ODD and Conduct Disorder), aggression, property destruction and or self-injury. Your Psychologist will discuss the need for these assessments with you.