An important part of an assessment is getting detailed background information to understand what has been happening, and to get insight into the problem. It is useful to bring along any past/ current reports from paediatricians, any previous psychometric assessment reports and school reports. As part of the assessment process we may request to speak with other people involved with your child such as your doctor, school teacher/ counsellor, or any other allied health professional (e.g. speech pathologist, physio therapist, occupational therapist).
Also known as Cognitive Assessment or IQ assessment for all age groups.
This is a specialised assessment of intellectual strengths and weaknesses. This includes verbal and non-verbal problem solving as well as working memory and information processing speed. It is usually used to understand and diagnose intellectual disabilities, areas of giftedness and learning difficulties.
This is one of the most important parts of the assessment process which helps psychologists understand children’s strengths and weaknesses. At Positive Perceptions Psychology we use a test of ability called the Stanford Binet, and the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) for school aged children. These tests are usually referred to as IQ tests. During testing we ask the child to do a range of activities (such as memory tests, picture story, puzzles etc).
Along with Cognitive assessment we conduct an Adaptive assessment where we use ABAS (Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System-3). This Performa is usually posted to parents and teachers and is requested to be bought back on the assessment day. This helps psychologists understand the skill level of children in reference to their daily living skills, money management & level of independence.
Observing children in their comfort area provides us with very useful information, which helps in understanding the concerns. During a preschool/school observation visit, our aim is to remain in the background without any interruptions and observe children in their natural surroundings.
This can be a really efficient way of gathering any missed information. Parents and teachers are asked to complete questionnaires to help us understand the problem.
Our aim is to listen, support and care for your child that will help promote a positive tomorrow for them and their family.