About Therapy offers a wide range of psychometric and diagnostic assessments.
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition for children aged 6-16 years
Cognitive assessments (more commonly known as intelligence tests) are used to determine a child’s learning capacity by identifying their strengths and weaknesses which fall into five domains: Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed. When interpreted alongside comprehensive interviews from parents and teachers, the results of the cognitive assessment can provide detailed information which can be applied to a personalised intervention plan.
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition for children aged 4-19 years 11 months
Educational assessments measure a child’s academic ability compared to a normative age or grade matched sample. This assessment covers a range of areas including Oral Language, Basic Reading, Reading Comprehension and Fluency, Written Expression, Mathematics and Maths Fluency. A child’s strengths and weaknesses are identified and often used in conjunction with cognitive assessments to provide a comprehensive intelligence and ability profile. These results can be used to diagnose Specific Learning Disorders, inform Individualised Education Plans (IEPs) to support a unique child’s learning needs and provide teachers with information to guide their delivery style and modality.
Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System – Third Edition for individuals aged 0-89 years
Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment
Behavioural assessments are conducted when there are concerns about a child’s ability to meet expected developmental milestones across a range of domains including communication, social skills, leisure and adaptive behaviours such as self-care and self-direction. Outcomes of this assessment can inform parents and teachers of areas of strengths and weaknesses, diagnose intellectual disability and provide justification to access funding as well as assist in developing individualised plans. Behavioural assessments are often completed in conjunction with cognitive assessments to determine whether challenges revealed may be explained by an intellectual disability or learning disorder.
Why might a cognitive assessment help my child?
There are many reasons why your child’s school or psychologist may suggest a cognitive assessment:
– To obtain an accurate profile of an individual’s overall intellectual functioning or IQ level
– To identify an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses
– To assist in exploring an individual’s learning difficulties
– To assist in developing learning strategies and recommendations
– To assist in the examination of:
- Specific learning disabilities
- Intellectual disability
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Our detailed assessments are completed by a psychologist who compiles background information, clinical observations, medical history and school reports along with other relevant details. The report is fed back to parents with practical recommendations for both home and school to increase academic, social, behavioural and emotional functioning.