Assessments for children
Is your child struggling at school? Falling behind even with extra help? Failing to reach their academic potential? Maybe they’re always losing things no matter how many reminders you give them. Maybe they fidget a lot and have difficulty sitting still. Or maybe you constantly feel like you’re fighting to get their attention and focus.
If this is the case, your child might benefit from an assessment.
What is a psychoeducational assessment?
A psychoeducational assessment is conducted by a psychologist and uses a range of tools to develop a complete picture of your child’s cognitive and academic abilities. Coming in for an assessment can be daunting, but we work to make sure that you and your child feel comfortable and safe to yield the most accurate results possible. Our clinic rooms are set up to be child-friendly and may involve playing games and activities so that we can have some fun while completing the assessment.
Does my child need an assessment?
5 signs that your child may need a psychoeducational assessment:
1. Their grades aren’t reflecting their level of effort
2. You know they can do the work but poor planning skills and a lack of concentration are getting in the way
3. They are struggling in one particular area eg. maths or reading
4. They often tell you they dislike school or begin refusing to go
5. You or their teachers have concerns about their learning, focus or attention in the classroom or any other behavioural or emotional problems at home or school
Assessments we conduct for children:
– ADHD assessments
– Cognitive assessments to explore intellectual disabilities and specific learning disorders, as well as giftedness
– Any other social, emotional or behavioural problems
Children’s assessments may include the following tests:
– Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V)
– Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III)
– Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System (ABAS-3)
What happens after the assessment?
Once the assessment is complete, you’ll receive a report with the results as well as a comprehensive list of recommendations for both home and school. These recommendations are based on a thorough investigation of your child’s strengths and weaknesses and can help you understand them better, find them the right support and intervene where necessary to help them reach their full potential.