Cognitive Assessments
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Cognitive Assessments

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.

* During diagnostic assessment for some individuals an additional hour of information gathering may be necessary. Sometimes a school or kindergarten observation may be necessary. Your clinician will advise you whether this is the case by the end of the session.

# Our cognitive assessments are conducted in an environment which we feel confident helps relax and support children so that we get the most accurate results.

 

At times Cognitive Assessments may be conducted by a Provisional Psychologist (PP).  This allows us to provides a fee that is competitively priced.  A PP is a Masters student on postgraduate placement. Our PP is practicing under the supervision of the Clinic Director and their own Clinical Supervisor as per AHPRA guidelines.   The other benefit is that all our Cognitive Assessments are conducted by Clinicians who have experience and specialised training in working with children.  We believe this gives children the best possible space to engage in the assessment process and helps achieve the most accurate results.

Assessments

THE WPPSI-IV AND WISC-V

The WPPSI (Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence) and the WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) are the most common intelligence tests for younger and older children. The assessments usually take about 65-80 minutes to administer.

THE WIAT-III

The WIAT (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test) is an achievement test that measures how an individual is doing in areas of academic school work. The WIAT gives a summary of function in common school subjects like reading, math, written language, and oral language.

BASC-3

The BASC (Behavior Assessment System for Children) helps understand children's behaviours and emotions. It may be administered if t is suspected that your child's learning issues may be due to an underlying mood or behavioural issue. This form is filled out by the parent/carer on behalf of the child, and takes around 10-20 minutes to complete.

We are in 3 convenient locations across Melbourne

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