Assessments

Psychological assessment uses a combination of techniques (including clinical interviewing and assessment tools) to help assess a person’s capabilities and personality. Psychologists are the only professionals that are expertly trained to perform and interpret psychological tests. Psychologists use clinically objective and standardised measures to assist in the assessment of clients. They are highly trained and experienced in writing psychological reports that are appropriate for the intended audience.

Cognitive assessment often called intelligence quotient (IQ) testing, is used to determine someone’s general thinking and reasoning abilities. Cognitive assessments can evaluate several domains of ‘cognitive capacity, these domains are:

  • Verbal comprehension: understanding verbal information, thinking in words and expressing thoughts in words
  • Perceptual reasoning: ability to organise and reason with visual information, and to solve visual problems
  • Working memory: ability to retain and manipulate verbal information
  • Processing speed: ability to scan, identify and process information accurately.

The assessments that we can assist with are:

Specific Learning Disability Assessments
Can affect how people learn in a variety of ways including how they take in, remember, understand or express information.

Educational Assessments
Many parents are concerned that their child may be struggling in the classroom but are not sure what factors might be getting in the way of their learning. Learning difficulties are where a child experiences problems learning new information, which can significantly affect their achievement at school.

Giftedness Assessments
Determine whether a child is functioning above the age expectation in their ability to reason logically and solve problems.

Personality Assessments
Useful for supporting or informing a clinical diagnosis and to structure and inform a psychological intervention.

Cognitive Assessments
Problems with general mental abilities that affect functioning in two primary areas. Intellectual functioning, which is characterised by the capacity to learn, solve problems and display judgement. The second area, Adaptive functioning, refers to activities of daily life such as communication and independent living.

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a diverse condition characterised by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity; and can have a significant impact on clients’ lives.

Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL)
If your child is depressed, or you are concerned about any behaviors or feelings, speak to your child's pediatrician or another healthcare provider. The health professional can accurately diagnose your child's symptoms and suggest appropriate treatment.