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 learning assessments.

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.

Autism Assessments (2+ yrs)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder commonly diagnosed in early childhood. All children with autism 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 Psychologist will complete a comprehensive assessment using standardised assessment tools, as well as interviews and observations from a range of sources. These may include the Autism Diagnostic Observation schedule (ADOS-2).
 

The assessment is completed in a single session with the child and the 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,  (e.g. dyslexia, maths disorder) or attention problems (e.g. ADHD).

Different assessments such as the WIAT 3 may be then used to inform diagnosis of specific learning disorders (eg dyslexia, dyscalculia, dygraphia). Other assessments may be also included in the diagnosis of attention and behavioural difficulties such as ADHD.