Psychological Assessments and Testing for Children and Adults

What is a psychological assessment?

Psychological tests and reports

Assessments are done in a range of ways:

  • by interview
    – asking a string of questions about your issues
  • by observations
    – of performance, behaviour or demeanour
  • by collaboration
    – asking your boss, teachers or parents for input with their observations
  • by structured psychological tests
    – using testing kits to capture very specific information

What do psychological assessments do?

Psychologist assessments help you see your abilities. They reference what an average person of the same age can do. This provides an easy way to understand a person’s skills and abilities. These assessments are often used to assess your needs in a particular setting.

Assessments are often used in child and adolescent psychology. They provide developmental analysis to observe how a child develops over time. They are also used in disability assessment. They are used to assess a person’s change in functioning or ability over time. Most tests can be re­-administered every 2 years. This provides understanding of any changes that occur over time.

What type of assessments can you offer?

Childhood assessments

  • educational assessments
  • gifted and talented assessments
  • learning disability assessments
  • behavioural assessments

Disability assessments

  • adaptive psychological functioning
  • intellectual capacity
  • effect of injury or neurodegenerative diseases

Other assessments available

  • insurance claims
  • legal matters
  • family and community services matters
  • workplace related issues
  • screening for employers

Check out what we offer in psychological assessments

Ring us for a free 15 minute phone consultation with our Intake Counsellor – 9-5pm

Structured psychological testing

Why are these tools important?

Using structured assessments allows a psychologist to gather specific data. This can provide very clear understanding abut someone’s capacity or performance.

These assessments allow analysis as to what treatments or interventions are recommended. This allows you to be provided the very best support for your unique and individual needs.

These structured tools are not always required but may be vital in your treatment.

Who is interested in these assessments?

The following third parties may have an interest in you having this test:

  • lawyers
  • Family and Community  Services (FACS)
  • GP’s
  • medical specialists
  • psychiatrist
  • Medicare
  • workplaces
  • schools

What can I expect after booking?

The intake counsellor will book you in for a 1 hour pre-­assessment interview. Then the psychologist will determine which of the above assessments are needed. They will discuss expected costs and timeframes. The assessment will usually take 2­-4 hours (including report writing time) and ideally will be performed in one sitting.

The cost of assessment will be per hour of assessment .

What testing tools do you use?

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – 5th Edition (WISC – V)

This is a common test for cognitive functioning. It is age ­referenced for an Australian population. This makes sure your child’s abilities are screened according to the appropriate peer group. This assessment looks at your child’s abilities at:

  • language comprehension
  • problem solving
  • memory retention
  • number manipulations
  • spacial puzzles

This test helps to determine your child’s strengths or needs. This provides important feedback to their school or doctors about their abilities.

Conners Assessment – 3rd Edition (Conners – III)

This test provides an opportunity for parents and teachers to report what they notice about their children.
These observations are collated and screened for common issues children face. It captures psychological, behavioural and developmental concerns. This assessment screens for such things as:

  • depression and anxiety indicators
  • ADHD indicators
  • executive functioning difficulties
  • conduct or aggression indicators or
  • social difficulties.

These results can go towards advocacy and referral for further testing from a psychiatrist or a paediatrician.

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – 4th Edition (WAIS – ­IV)

Like WISC­-V, this assessment measures cognitive functioning or intelligence in adults. This can be used for:

  • career screening
  • disability
  • acquired brain injury screening
  • neuro­degenerative illnesses such as motor­neurone disease or dementia

You may have been advised by a someone to have this assessment done. Results can ensure your access to the supports you need.

Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System – 3rd Edition (ABAS – ­III)

This assessment measures adaptive functioning for people with diagnosed or suspected disabilities. It looks at a person’s ability to take part in their community and support their adaptive living skills. It looks at three core areas of life:

  • cognitive abilities
  • physical capacity
  • social skills

This can be assessed as a self­-report with the aid of the psychologist, or it may be answered by a parent, carer or other professional. This can be used for any aged person across the lifespan. It is often used as a means to assess their needs for support aids, or funding.

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