Psychological Assessments and Testing for Children and Adults

What is a psychological assessment?

Psychological tests and reports

Assessments, also known as psychometric tests, measurements, psychological appraisals or analysis, 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, human resource management, teachers or parents for input with their observations
  • by structured psychological tests
    – using testing kits to capture very specific information

What do psychological appraisals do?

Testing by a psychologist helps you to understand 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 survey your needs in a particular setting.

Formal Measurements are often used by child psychologists. 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 an understanding of any changes that occur over time.

What type of psychometric assessments can you offer?

Childhood assessments

  • educational evaluations
  • gifted and talented screening
  • learning disability assessments
  • behavioural analysis
  • accademic performance assessments

Disability assessments

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

Other assessments available

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

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Structured psychological testing

Psychological assessment analysis

Why are these tools important?

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

These assessments allow analysis as to what treatments or interventions are recommended. This allows you to be provided with 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 psychological measurements are needed. They will discuss expected costs and timeframes. The testing phase 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.

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 behavioural questionaire 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 psychological testing done. Results can ensure your access to the supports you need.

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

This questionaire 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 administered 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.

Weschler Individual Achievement Test – 3rd Edition (WIAT – III)

A helpful assessment which measures a child or young person’s educational abilities. Or their skills that become the building blocks of learning. It can be administered to children and young people ages 4 to 25 years old. It measures:

  • Ability to listen
  • Word recognition
  • Reading abilities
  • Writing abilities
  • Maths skills
  • Maths fluency

It is often offered in conjunction with both the WISC and Conners assessment. This provides a wholistic sense of a child or young person’s needs in 3 key areas – Educational, behavioural and developmental.

Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)

This assessment offers some measurement for skills associated with executive functioning. Executive functioning is best understood as a person’s ability to organise and navigate their life.
It assesses:

  • Flexibility of thinking
  • Verbal fluency
  • Problem-solving
  • Processing ability
  • Creativity
  • Abstract sorting skills
  • Deductive reasoning

This test can be used developmentally. To determine the effect of neuro-developmental conditions such as ADHD. It can be used educationally to help aid in learning plans. Or it can help determine the effect of acquired brain injuries or disease on function.

Weschler Memory Scale – 4th Edition (WMS – IV)

A neuropsychological test that captures many features of a person’s memory capacity. It is often used for assessing deficits in a person’s memory across the following areas:

  • Auditory Memory
  • Visual Memory
  • Visual Working Memory
  • Immediate Memory, and
  • Delayed Memory

It can be used for people 16 years to 90 years and is often used together with the WAIS assessment. It determines the effect of degenerative disorders such as dementia. Also, the effect of acquired brain injury and neuro-developmental disorders on someone’s memory.

16 Personality Factor Questionnaire – 5th Ed.(16PF)

A self report questionnaire designed to analyse elements of ones personality. Their intrinsic propensities to certain behaviours. It creates 16 factors that collate one’s personality. Each factor describes elements of how one interacts with their world along a continuum. It is often used in diagnostic assessments and also for career issues, or vocational assessments.

Some of the factors it explores are:

  • Perfectionism
  • Conscientiousness
  • Reasoning abilities
  • Emotional stability
  • Openness
  • Sensitivity

Self- Directed Search (SDS)

A self-directed career counselling tool which asks clients to answer a battery of questions about their interests, personality factors, skills sets and preferrences. It then provides information about their abilities across 6 domains:

  • Realistic abilities
  • Artistic abilities
  • Investigative abilities
  • Social abilities
  • Enterprising abilities
  • Conventional abilities

It then provides informatin about the type of career that would suit the client. This is helpful for HR cunsultants in personnel selection.