Our psychologists are able to undertake a range of assessments for a variety of purposes. Psychoeducational Assessments are individually designed to address the issues and questions that are most relevant and may be impacting on individuals personally, academically or in occupational contexts. Assessments may address a range of issues, including:
- Cognitive functioning (intelligence)
- Attention and Concentration
- Behavioural and Adaptive Functioning
- Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. reading, written expression
- Memory Difficulties
- Executive functioning
There are generally four parts to the assessment process:
- This involves an initial meeting to discuss learning, educational, performance, and/or developmental concerns. This provides an opportunity for the psychologist to clearly understand why the assessment is being sought and what its purpose is. This session will last approximately 60-90 minutes. This initial meeting is essential for planning the assessment and tailoring it to explore the relevant issues and concerns.
- Where appropriate and where consent is provided, additional information will be acquired from relevant sources such as parent or teacher questionnaires, past assessments, school reports, or correspondence from referring professionals.
- Between one and three assessment sessions will be conducted. Each session will last approximately 90-180 minutes.
- The number of sessions will depend on the complexity of difficulties, what information is required to answer referral questions, the ability to focus on assessment tasks, and whether recent relevant assessment results are available.
- Testing during these sessions may include but is not limited to assessment of cognitive functioning, social development, adaptive functioning, academics, memory, attention/concentration, organisation/planning, expressive language, and/or reading skills. Information about individual needs, referral questions and the purpose of the assessment are used to determine what testing occurs and what data needs to be collected.
- Testing may take the form of paper-and-pencil questionnaires or inventories, hands-on tasks, test batteries, online assessments, or structured observations.
- A feedback meeting is conducted to discuss the results of the assessment, implications and meaning of the results, as well as recommendations for support, further assessment, or follow-up therapy or intervention. This session will last approximately 60-90 minutes.
Comprehensive written report
- At the feedback session you are provided with a written report that integrates assessment findings, addresses referral questions and outlines any recommendations for support, further assessment, or follow-up therapy or intervention.
- School, tertiary education, or workplace visits can be conducted to communicate results, implications. and recommendations if appropriate and requested.
- A separate feedback session may be available for child/adolescent clients if appropriate and requested.
Please note that psychoeducational assessment is not claimable through Medicare. You are encouraged to contact your health insurance company to discuss available benefits and rebates covered by your specific policy.
Please contact us to further discuss your needs for assessment and to obtain a quote. We are more than happy to discuss the process in more detail or provide additional information.