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Cognitive Assessments or intelligence tests are used to assist with determining a person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
How might a Cognitive Assessment help my child?
There are many reasons why your child’s psychologist may suggest a Cognitive Assessment. For instance:
- To obtain an accurate profile of a child’s overall intellectual functioning or IQ level
- To identify a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses
- To assist in exploring a child’s learning difficulties
- To assist in the examination of:
- Intellectual giftedness
- Specific learning disabilities
- Intellectual disabilities
How does a Cognitive Assessment help an adult?
- Some roles such as government positions require a cognitive assessment as part of the application process.
- Offices such as Centrelink often require a Disability assessment as part of the application process for Disability assessment. In conjunction with an Adaptive Functioning Assessment, a cognitive assessment is required for a diagnosis of Intellectual Delay.
- Those who are unable to sit for the Citizenship Test due to cognitive impairment will need to provide a current report supporting the diagnosis of intellectual delay.
For further information, contact Psychological Assessment Solutions on 0425 269 658 to book a Cognitive Assessment either at our offices, your home or school, or simply to discuss if a Cognitive Assessment could benefit your child.
This assessment measures your child’s specific academic strengths and weaknesses through an individually administered, standardised evaluation. Depending on your child’s difficulties, the assessment is tailored to assess their performance in the areas of reading, written expression, mathematics and spelling.
How can an Educational Assessment help?
A comprehensive Educational Assessment will reveal the answers to these three key questions:
- What are the specific problems with their underlying learning and processing skills?
- What level are they are currently achieving with their academic skills (compared with what is expected for their age and year level) ?
- Which learning strategies and interventions are likely to be most helpful at school and at home?
What does a full Educational Assessment involve?
The specific tests will vary based on the issues and age of the child, however we recommend the following process:
- An initial review of the child’s learning history (for parents only)
- Standardised cognitive testing (thinking and reasoning ability)
- Standardised achievement testing (academic skills)
- Detailed assessment report with a clear summary and diagnostic opinion
- Specific learning recommendations for school and home
- Comprehensive parent feedback session to answer all your questions
What is the next step?
If you think an Educational Assessment and a targeted intervention program might be helpful for your son or daughter the first step is to book an initial parent consultation.
This is a parent-only consultation at our office in Castle Hill (this consultation can also be conducted via phone for clients who are not local).
At this consultation the psychologist will review your child’s learning history and give you appropriate advice for their specific needs.
When most people think about Dyslexia, they think about reversing numbers and letters and difficulties with reading. But Dyslexia is far more than this. Most children and adults who are diagnosed with Dyslexia report a number of other difficulties with spelling, writing, comprehension and memory.
Without proper diagnosis, children quite often become frustrated without the knowledge of why they are experiencing difficulties at school, lack interest in school and consequently are quite often mistaken for having behavioural difficulties.
Many teens and adults may have found ways to mask Dyslexia often re-teaching themselves in ways that they can retain and re-use information presented to them. Over time, the focus becomes on developing compensatory strategies when they have to read, write and spell.
Contact us for more information about Dyslexia in adults.
Benefits of undergoing a Dyslexia Assessment: There are a number of reasons why undergoing a Dyslexia Assessment is useful. Firstly, it will identify key problem areas and will provide more knowledge so you can assist your child best or improve their skills to circumvent these difficulties. More specifically:
- Many schools require a formal report in order to be provided with extra accommodations at school, like additional time for test-taking or modifying how homework is delivered.
- It may help the child feel to better about the difficulty, because they know it’s not “their fault”, but just how their brain is wired.
- The assessments usually give you a profile of your child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses in things like phonemic awareness, visual-spatial skills, and more.
- Adults that are diagnosed with Dyslexia are able to apply for additional time for their studies. Furthermore, a lot of people find it difficult to explain the problem to others and the report will help you to be able to do that better.
- In the workplace, the report can be used to see if any adjustments can be made to the way you work in order to help you do your job more efficiently.
- And for those who are seeking employment and finding it difficult due to the need to complete psychometric assessments, a formal report can assist you in requesting a modified assessment process. A Dyslexia assessment is also a useful safeguard in the event that you are discriminated against at work.
Change contents to: A child or adult who presents significant difficulties with basic number processing and calculation, that is to say adding, dividing, subtracting and multiplying may be dyscalculic. Many learners have difficulty learning mathematics for a variety of reasons. Not all of these learners have dyscalculia. However, there are some basic areas of mathematical activity in everyday life that may indicate dyscalculia tendencies.
Children and adults who present with Dyscalculia symptoms, experience difficulties with acquiring arithmetic skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.
Benefits of undergoing a Dyscalculia Assessment:
- Interventions for Dyscalculia come with many benefits as they help to narrow the gap caused by challenges faced. Through identifying any gaps, interventions will be able to build a solid foundation for further numeracy development.
- If Dyscalculia has been confirmed then targeted interventions help children and young people to use their strengths alongside additional strategies.
- Evidence-based interventions and strategies can lead to the improvement of numerical skills, including number meaning, perceptual and reasoning skills.
School Readiness Assessment
Are you thinking of enrolling your child into Primary School next year? Starting school is a big step for little children. You might have heard the term ‘school readiness’ – but what does that really mean? Find out all about school readiness and how you can help your child prepare for big school!
What is ‘School Readiness’?
‘School readiness’ is a measure of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable children to participate and succeed in school. Parents sometimes think that school readiness means being able to read, write and do basic maths before starting school. But this isn’t the case! School readiness is about the development of the whole child – their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills. Children cannot thrive at school if they haven’t developed the skills to manage things like getting along with other children, following instructions, and communicating their needs.
Research shows that children who start school when developmentally ready to learn tend to do better in school – and it sets them up for further success later in life.
Who should have a school readiness assessment?
- Worried your child isn’t developmentally &/or cognitively keeping up with their peers?
- Worried your child may not be emotionally ready for school?
- Does your child have language delays?
- Does your child have fine motor skill problems?
- Does your child have difficulties concentrating and paying attention?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions a school readiness assessment may be appropriate for your child.
A school readiness assessment can be conducted to clarify any specific areas of strengths and weaknesses of your child. The assessment will describe skills that your child may need to develop, and we will also give you recommendations for how problem areas can be addressed. We work together with you to put together a program to help accelerate your child’s cognitive development so that starting school doesn’t have to be a struggle.
A three hour consultation is all it takes to help you make the right decision. Not only will you know if your child is school ready, but we will be able to give you the confidence on how you can support your child’s learning, drawing on the things that they are good at, so the experience becomes positive for all, especially for your child.
Vocational Assessments for Adults
Whether you are looking for a career change, encountered a work injury and unable to return to pre-injury duties or wanting to explore what career opportunities you would be suited for, a vocational assessment can provide you with a wealth of information.
Assessments are tailored to each person’s objectives and takes into account:
- Job interests and tasks within each role
- Your physical, functional and work capacity
- Personal and vocational history, including educational background and work experience
- Assessments of aptitudes that may be required in a career of choice
- Your values and motivation
- Evaluation of training or re-training requirements and options
Evaluation of training or re-training requirements and options
At the end of the assessment you will be provided with a report outlining:
- Vocational options most suited to you based on the findings of the assessment, and
- Job market analysis outlining job availability, suitability and retraining needs.
FAQ’s for Assessment Services
What type of Assessment do I need?
Before any appointments are made we discuss the specific needs of clients over the phone. We take into account what (if any) assessments have been conducted previously. We then determine and recommend what (if any) assessments are required.
For example, some clients may require only one type of clinical assessment. Others may require a combination of clinical assessments which would be conducted by different clinicians (e.g. Speech Therapists, Psychologists and Occupational Therapists) – depending on the specific needs of the client.
Additionally, clients often have completed assessments with other professionals at school, or at other centres, and consequently, we don’t need to do any further assessing. If clients have recently undertaken such comprehensive assessments, they often request for us to explain how all their previous assessments ‘go together’ or what they mean in totality for them. This is usually done within an appointment/consultation.
It must be noted that many clients have completed previous assessments, but for a variety of reasons it would be beneficial to perform further assessment at our Centre. When booking these assessments over the phone, we will ensure we deliver the most useful assessments, that are designed to gain the information needed to maximise learning outcomes, without “over-assessing” the client.
At the completion of our assessments, we provide comprehensive verbal feedback of the results, as well as written feedback.
When and where are Assessments conducted?
Assessments are usually conducted during the week in school hours, both during school terms and school holidays and sometimes on a Saturday.
Typically assessments are conducted at our Centre in Castle Hill, Leumeah or Kingsgrove, although we do travel to schools, preschools and clients’ homes as well.
How much does it cost?
We pride ourselves in offering affordable and competitive prices. All assessments are designed to meet the individual needs of clients. Assessments can range from approximately 1-5 hours. All assessments come with written reports and verbal feedback which are included within the cost.
Please call us on 0425 269 658 to discuss appointment times and pricing.