Has a teacher or health professional suggested a psychological assessment?
Do you have unanswered questions about cognitive, behaviour, or academic functioning?
Our psychologists are experienced in using assessment to provide answers.
Our assessments are comprehensive and dynamic, and guided by the questions being asked and the individual we are working with. Assessments are completed in four stages over multiple appointments. Look below to find out more about what we do and the questions we aim to answer with each type of assessment.
Step 1: INTAKE
You meet with the psychologist who gathers a rich developmental history of the examinee. This then tells us what sort of assessment we will recommend. The psychologist will discuss their recommendations with you, which includes planned assessments, timeline, and approximate costs. The intake is typically completed over one session.
Step 2: ASSESSMENT
The assessment is administered. For cognitive assessments this is usually done within one session. Educational, ADHD, and ASD assessments typically take an additional two to four sessions to complete. Questionnaires are all completed online. Below are the main types of assessments we complete at Brave HQ. If you are not sure if we can help you, please contact us for more information.
“Does my child have an intellectual disability?”
“Is my child gifted?”
“What are my cognitive strengths and weaknesses?”
Identification of cognitive strengths and weaknesses provides information to assist with the development of Individualised Learning Plans, and other teaching practices tailored to your child’s learning capabilities.
“Do I have a learning disorder?”
“Am I dyslexic?”
“Where should I tell my teachers I want to be extended in my learning?”
This type of assessment measures areas such as reading, writing, spelling, math, listening comprehension, verbal learning, attention, memory, and oral language. These assessments can be useful in identifying the causes of poor learning, such as memory deficits or inefficient verbal learning strategies, and academic achievement compared to grade expectations.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
“My child has trouble getting along with other people and has some odd behaviours, could they have Autism?”
This assessment evaluates social communication, socialisation, restricted interests and behaviours, daily functioning abilities, and cognitive functioning. A multidisciplinary assessment with a speech therapist and paediatrician is preferred. If you are not connected with a paediatrician, please contact us.
“Why does my child seem to have more difficulty with listening, emotions, organisation, distraction, and energy levels compared to other children?”
We explore three main areas: Inattention (difficulty sustaining attention, distractibility, forgetfulness), Impulsivity (interrupting others, acting without thinking), and Hyperactivity (restlessness, overly active, fidgety). Comprehensive assessment involves a diagnostic interview, behavioural assessment, cognitive assessment to rule out other difficulties such as low intelligence or learning disorders and tests of executive functioning to measure skills in attention, cognitive flexibility, switching and organisation.
“I’m concerned about my child’s development, as they appear delayed or advanced compared to other children their age”
This assessment is completed when there are concerns regarding your child’s ability to meet developmental milestones and to complete tasks essential for daily living compared to other children their age. This type of assessment explores several areas of your child’s skills, including, cognitive, social emotional, language, physical development, and self-care. If you require this type of assessment, it is helpful to be supported by a paediatrician. If you are not connected with one, please contact us.
“My child is not themselves in their mood or behaviour, should I be concerned?”
“My child has not coped well to a big life change, should I be getting them more help?”
These types of assessments are used to find out whether a person’s behaviour is typical, taking into account their age, life experiences, and environment. We may look at such things as aggression, hyperactivity, or emotional difficulties. These assessments assist in planning and evaluating a treatment plan. This assessment is often completed when a child is referred for counselling. The age of the individual will determine what type of behavioural assessment is utilised to best identify and support them.
Step 3: REPORT WRITING
On completion of a formal assessment a detailed report will be complied outlining background and medical information, clinical observations throughout the assessment, results with interpretation from the psychologist and practical recommendations for the child, parents, schools, and GP’s where relevant.
Step 4: FEEDBACK
This is the last but most essential stage. A feedback session allows the psychologist to walk you through the results and communicate what they mean. It’s your chance to clarify anything you may be unsure of, and to discuss the results directly with the psychologist. You will be provided with a digital copy of the report and two paper copies.