If your child is struggling with learning, an education or health professional may have suggested your child get a cognitive assessment, or you may be thinking about this yourself.
Some of the issues that may have lead to this recommendation include: difficulty with learning when compared to their peers, difficulty following instructions, difficulties remembering things or processing information, or being particularly advanced with school when compared to their peers.
What is a Cognitive Assessment?
A cognitive assessment (also known as an intelligence test or IQ test) will give you an indication of your child’s level of general thinking and reasoning abilities, this can also be referred to as their intellectual functioning or IQ.
A cognitive test may assess the following:
- Verbal Comprehension – understanding verbal information, thinking in words and expressing thoughts in words.
- Fluid Reasoning – ability to solve novel problems independent of previous knowledge.
- Processing Speed – ability to scan, process and identify information accurately.
- Working Memory – ability to retain and manipulate verbal information.
- Visual Spatial – ability to organise visual information into meaningful patterns, understanding how these patterns change, rotate, and move through space.