Psychological Assessments, in many ways, are similar to medical tests. If a child has physical symptoms, a doctor may order X-rays or blood tests to understand what’s causing those symptoms. The results of the tests will help inform develop a treatment plan.
If a child is having trouble in school, psychologists use tests and assessment tools to measure and observe the child’s behavior to understand the underlying cause of the problem, and to figure out the best way to go about addressing the issue. For example, if a child is not learning well in school, does he or she have a reading problem such as dyslexia? An attention problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Difficulty with impulse control? Psychological tests and assessments allow psychologists to understand the nature of the problem.
Psychological Assessment and Consultation
Administration of appropriate standardized tests to support the clinical diagnosis paves the way for more individualized intervention goals and educational strategies.
We conduct psychological assessment and testing for :
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Dyslexia and other learning disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Asperger Syndrome
- Pervasive developmental disorders
- Developmental Delay (GDD)
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Slow learners, Cognitive Delay
- Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder
- Intellectual Disability
- Specific Language Impairment
- Selective Mutism
- Social and Emotional/ Behavioral Assessment
- We also do :
- School Readiness Assessments – this is often required in the K2 year for the child at-risk for learning delays, to assess for the need for school deferment and delayed primary school entry or alternative placement in some cases
- Cognitive and Achievement Assessments – this is necessary for special school application and requests for school accommodations within mainstream, such as exemption from Mother Tongue examination or extra time for those truly in need.
What to Expect in Psychological Assessments
Psychological Assessments are not one-size-fits-all. Psychologists pick and choose a specific set of assessments and tests for each child to help them see the full picture of his or her strengths and limitations, and to arrive at a diagnosis and intervention recommendations.
The assessments include:
- An initial discussion with parents/caregivers to get a better understanding of the child’s academic, social and emotional strengths and concerns. This will focus on the child’s developmental history and what additional support (if any) that he or she has received with the issues raised.
- An assessment of the child’s psychological and emotional functioning in order to comprehensively explore what may be contributing their difficulties. This is done using drawings, stories and discussion.
- A standardised cognitive assessment. This will provide the psychologist with an understanding of the child’s Verbal Ability; Perceptual Skills; Working Memory; Attention and Concentration and Processing Speed. These scores provide a cognitive profile in the areas assessed. This assessment is also called an IQ test and provides a Full Scale IQ score.
- A standardised assessment of literacy and language skills attained in the classroom. Tests may include numeracy skills evaluation. Assessed areas include:
- Reading Speed
- Blending Skills
- Reading Comprehension
- Listening Comprehension
- Writing Skills
- Oral Expression
- Numerical Operations (completing sums)
- Mathematical Reasoning (applying mathematics in real world situations)
- A clear and comprehensive report explaining the assessment results.
- A diagnosis of learning or behavioural or social difficulty, if it is applicable.
- A follow up consultation to discuss the results of the assessment and answer any questions or concerns parents have.
- A comprehensive set of specific recommendations to further support the child. This may include strategies for supporting learning and motivation, strategies to manage emotions and/or behaviour both in and outside the classroom, and identifying additional support a child might need in school or exams.