Assessments

Cognitive and educational assessments help parents and teachers gain an understanding into a child’s unique learning profile and academic capacity. The goal of such an assessment is to obtain information on the individual's intellectual functioning, working memory, problem solving skills, and academic strengths and weaknesses. Following the assessment we are able to develop an individual learning plan and provide practical recommendations for parents and teachers. Such an assessment is the primary way to identify learning difficulties.

Cognitive Assessment

The cognitive assessment will look at things such as verbal comprehension, problem solving, working memory and processing speed. The process is:-

  1. A parent interview to gather some background information about your child and their development.

  2. The assessment process:
    • 2 x 50 minute sessions to conduct a standardized cognitive test (WISC-IV).
    • A report of the findings with recommendations for your child.
    • A parent feedback session to review the report and to answer any questions.

Educational Assessment

This assessment will provide further information on a child or adolescents’ academic performance and help us identify specific reading difficulties to enable a tailored program to be developed and implemented The process is:-

  1. A parent interview to gather some background information about your child and their development.

  2. The assessment process:
    • 2 x 50 minute sessions to conduct a standardized cognitive test (WISC-IV).
    • 2 x 50 minute session to conduct academic testing. Please note a further 50 minute session of testing regarding reading comprehension, reading fluency and phonemic awareness may also be required.
    • A report of the findings with recommendations for your child.
    • A parent feedback session to review the report and to answer any questions.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Assessments

These are available for children 5 and up only. This includes a session with the primary carer, observation session and session with the child. It includes discussions with teachers and allied health professionals also. There will also be the competition of several questionnaires by family members and teaching staff and the liaising with the relevant paediatrician.

Other assessment tools or measures may be used during therapy and may incur an additional cost.

 

Commonly Used Assessment tools at Port Psychology

 

Cognitive Assessments

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® - Fourth Edition
(WISC®-IV)

Measures a child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

 

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition
(WAIS-IV)

Measures an adults cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

 


Educational / Academic Assessments

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition
(KTEA™-3)

Individually administered battery that provides in-depth assessment of key academic skills.

 


Neuropsychological Assesment

NEPSY®  - Second Edition
(NEPSY® - II)

General, diagnostic, selective or full assessments: from a basic overview of a child's neurological status to a full comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation.

 


Behavioural, Emotional and developmental assessment

Conners 3™

The Conners 3 is a well-designed instrument with excellent technical properties that promises to be instrumental in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment response of children with ADHD and co-morbid disorders.

 

Autism Spectrum Rating Scales™ (ASRS®)

The ASRS was designed to effectively identify symptoms, behaviors, and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in children and adolescents aged 2 to 18.

 

Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children 2nd Edition™ (MASC 2™)

The MASC 2 assesses the presence of symptoms related to anxiety disorders in youth aged 8 to 19 years. The measure distinguishes between important anxiety symptoms and dimensions that broadband measures do not capture. The MASC 2 aids in the early identification, diagnosis, treatment planning and monitoring of anxiety-prone youth.

 

Children's Depression Inventory 2 [CDI 2]

A comprehensive multi-rater assessment of depressive symptoms in youth aged 7 to 17 years.

 

Schema Questionnaire (LIFETRAP TEST - test your lifetraps / schemas) This is a free online measure. Please put benfrench@portpsychology.com.au in the email section so I receive the results. http://www.lifetraptest.com

 


Family assessment

Family Assessment Measure–III (FAM-III™)

The FAM-III is an assessment of family functioning. It is unique in its ability to provide a multirater and multigenerational (within the family) assessment of functioning across six universal clinical parameters and two validity scales.