Child & Adolescent Assessments

We offer assessments for children and adolescents in a range of developmental areas, including Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Cognitive functioning and IQ testing.

What does an assessment include?

Our assessments start with a parent-only intake session. In this session, the clinician will ask you questions around your child’s abilities, challenges, and developmental history. This session will allow you to learn more about the assessment procedure, and ensure that we tailor the assessment sessions specifically to your child’s individual needs.

Your child will then come in for their assessment sessions with the clinician.
The number and length of child assessment sessions required will depend on the purpose of the assessment

Included in the process is a parent-only feedback session at the end of all diagnostic or cognitive assessments. In this session, the clinician will provide you with a copy of the written report and talk to you about the assessment results and recommendations.

ASD Assessments (2+ yrs)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder commonly diagnosed in early childhood. All children with ASD are unique, although parents often notice that their child has challenges in how they communicate socially and often have a narrow range of interests and repetitive behaviours.

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) is used to assess and diagnose ASD. The assessment is completed in a single session with the child and a trained clinician. The assessment includes tasks such as make-believe and interactive play, conversations and story-telling, emotions and social difficulties.

Cognitive Assessments (6-16 yrs)

A cognitive assessment can help you to understand your child’s thinking capacity and to maximise the way they use their cognitive abilities. They can be used to develop strategies to overcome areas of weakness, and assess learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia, maths disorder) or attention problems (e.g. ADHD).

A range of different assessment , including the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) are used to assess this. The assessments are completed by trained clinicians in our relaxed environment to meet the needs of your child and you.