Assessment Packages

ADHD Assessment Package

An ADHD assessment is designed to look at personal behaviour patterns against a set of criteria. An ADHD assessment involves a full history of a child’s behaviour and involves a series of checklists to be filled out by parents, teachers and/or the child depending on their age.

How Do I know if my child has ADHD?

The main symptoms and signs of ADHD include:

  • Inattention – difficulty concentrating, not completing tasks before moving to another task and forgetting instructions
  • Impulsivity – losing control of emotions, interrupting people, acting without thinking
  • Overactivity – fidgeting and restlessness

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can occur as Hyperactive, Inattentive or a combined type. There is no single test for ADHD and collective information gathered in the form of checklists is gained from families, schools and other professionals who spend regular time with your child. The ADHD assessment involves taking a history of your child’s developmental progress including their patterns of behaviours across a multiple of settings.

ADHD symptoms can not only affect your child’s educational performance but also their social interactions. The cause of ADHD is unknown but there are strong indicators in the research that it has a genetic component. It is not a result of poor parenting. With appropriate interventions, children can live a productive life.

An ADHD assessment usually involves:

  1. Initial assessment 1 x 50 minute with child and parent to gather background information about your child’s development and presenting issues
  2. Report writing (up to 2 hours)
  3. Feedback session 1 x 50 minute session to discuss your child’s assessment results and to answer any questions you may have

Intellectual (Cognitive) IQ Assessment Package

How can an Intellectual Assessment help my child?

A cognitive assessment is an individual assessment (WISC-V) for children aged 6-16 years. The assessment is carried out in a standardised environment and can take up to 2 hours depending on the age and personality of the child. The WISC-V generates a Full Scale IQ which represents a child’s general intellectual ability. It also provides 5 sub-test scores of Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed all of which help a child learn.

An Intellectual (Cognitive) IQ assessment usually involves:

  1. Initial assessment 1 x 50 minute with parent to gather background information about your child’s development and presenting issues
  2. Assessment 2 x 50 minute session to administer the standardised cognitive (intelligence) test – WISC-V
  3. Report writing
  4. Feedback session 1 x 50 minute session to discuss your child’s assessment results and to answer any questions you may have

Academic/Achievement Assessment Package

An Academic assessment assesses a person’s (aged 4- 50 years) academic achievement and potential across a range of areas.  The WIAT – 3 is an assessment of academic skills in areas including, reading, writing, oral language and mathematics.

An Academic assessment usually involves:

  1. Initial assessment 1 x 50 minute with parent to gather background information about your child’s development and presenting issues
  2. Assessment 2 x 50 minute session to administer the standardised achievement test (WIAT-3)
  3. Report writing
  4. Feedback session 1 x 50 minute session to discuss your child’s assessment results and to answer any questions you have

Educational Assessment Package

How can an Education Assessment help my child?

An Educational Assessment is made up of a cognitive (intellectual) assessment (WISC-V) and an achievement test.  Educational assessments provide valuable information and insights to parents and teachers about a child’s unique learning profile, how they learn and their academic potential. Educational assessments are comprehensive tools that provide information to parents and teacher about a child’s optimal learning environments and learning needs.

An Educational Assessment is made up of 2 separate assessments including:

  • A cognitive assessment is an individual assessment (WISC-V) for children aged 6-16 years. The assessment is carried out in a standardised environment and can take up to 2 hours depending on the age and personality of the child. The WISC-V generates a Full Scale IQ which represents a child’s general intellectual ability. It also provides 5 sub-test scores of Verbal Comprehension, Visual Spatial, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing speed all of which help a child learn.
  • An Achievement Assessment (WIAT) is used to identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student aged 4 years – 19 years and gives a summary of a child’s ability across areas including, reading, maths, written language and oral language. The results can help identify a specific learning disability. It assesses a child’s ability to apply their cognitive (intellectual abilities) and learned knowledge to grade-level expectations.

An Educational assessment usually involves:

  1. Initial assessment 1 x 50 minute with parent to gather background information about your child’s development and presenting issues
  2. 2 x 50 minute sessions to administer the standardised cognitive (intelligence) test – WISC-V
  3. 3 x 50 minute sessions to administer the standardised achievement (academic) test – WIAT-111
  4. Report writing
  5. Feedback session 1 x 50 minute session to discuss your child’s assessment results and to answer any questions you have

Autism Assessment Package

How can an Autism Assessment help my child?

An Autism Assessment is designed to assess whether a child meets the clinical criteria for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Whilst there are no ‘medical’ tests that can diagnose Autism, specific behavioural evaluations and Autism diagnostic assessments can be carried out by Specialist Psychologists.

A comprehensive assessment can identify developmental difficulties and determine strategies and where applicable, supports that will assist a child/adolescent to achieve their full potential.

Exploring a diagnosis of Autism can offer parents relief, whilst helping them understand the origins of their child’s behaviour.  Research indicates that support and early intervention strategies promotes a child wellbeing and assists them reach their full potential.

How do I know if my child/adolescent has Autism?

More often than not, parents are typically the first to notice that their child is showing unusual behaviours. Behaviours often observed include:

  • failing to make eye contact
  • repetitive behaviours during play
  • shallow emotions
  • speech issues.

Autism Assessment Tool

Here at Nepean Psychology and Counselling Centre we assess Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) using the ADOS-2 and CARS. These are semi-structured, standardized assessments.

An Autism Assessment usually involves:

  1. 1 x 50 minute consultation with your Psychologist to discuss family history, challenging behaviours, parental concerns and other relevant information as determined by your Psychologist.
  2. Up to 4 x 50 minute diagnostic assessment with your child to administer ADOS and CARS assessments. This may also include correspondence with other relevant people who know your child including their teacher and/or Paediatrician
  3. 4-6 hours of data analysis and report writing by your Psychologist. You are not required during this allocated time.
  4. 1 x 50 minute parent-only report and feedback session with your Psychologist to discuss your child’s results and answer any questions you may have.