- Is your child struggling in school?
- Do they have difficulty concentrating?
- Are they having difficulty reading, writing or spelling?
- Do they complain that their schoolwork is too easy or boring?
- Do you have trouble getting things done?
- Are you easily distracted?
- Are you having trouble remembering things?
A psychoeducational assessment, sometimes called a cognitive, educational or developmental assessment, is useful if you are concerned about your or your child’s learning, achievement, or life management skills. During a psychoeducational assessment, we attempt to identify what is impacting on the person’s educational or work-life achievements and abilities. We collect information from a variety of sources to draw conclusions about cognitive strengths and weaknesses to provide explanations for any difficulties they may be experiencing and provide recommendations as to how to maximise one’s strengths and reduce the impact of any difficulties.
We can assess for some or all of the following:
- Specific learning disorders (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia)
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
- Mental Health or Behavioural issues
- Screening for language disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders (further evaluation would be required if signs and symptoms are present).
- Gifted and talented
- Intellectual Disability
- Other conditions of childhood
Assessments usually require four appointments:
- Collection of background information from parents, school and the child (depending on age).
- A one-hour interview with parent/s (and/or older adolescent/adults).
- Two sessions of 2 hours each to complete face to face assessment tasks. These are all done in an interactive way using a range of puzzles, blocks, quizzes and challenges.
- A one-hour feedback session and discussion of results. If desired, this can be provided at the child’s school.
Book early as there is usually a wait-list of approximately six weeks. Once commenced, the assessment will be completed within two weeks.
A comprehensive report written in plain English will be provided. The report will describe all assessment results and make a range of recommendations. Recommendations may include strategies for parents, schools, appropriate accommodations, and recommendations for other support services, such as NDIS. If appropriate, recommendations will also be provided for inclusion in individual student learning plans, NDIS plans and applications for special examination provisions through schools, TASC, TAFE, and University.
The cost of an assessment varies depending on the complexity of the issues of concern. Please discuss your concerns with us and we can give you an indication of the cost in advance. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover this type of assessment but you may be eligible for a rebate through your private health insurance provider.