There are many reasons why it can be helpful to assess a child’s cognitive abilities:
Common referral questions for neuropsychological and IQ assessments:
- To diagnose learning difficulties and make recommendations to help?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses in learning, thinking and memory?
- What is the impact of learning and cognitive problems in the academic environment?
- Why is this child experiencing problems in school performance?
- To understand why a child may be experiencing trouble at school?
- To differentiate psychological symptoms with academic performance.
- What is the impact of a child’s diagnosis (e.g. ABI, autism, medical condition, psychiatric illness) on their thinking and memory skills?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses for a child eg with autism and how we can optimise their learning?
- Does this person meet eligibility criteria for access to disability supports or educational aids?
- What are the potential implications of cognitive difficulties for training or study?
- How we can help them a child to optimise their learning in their environment?
- Advice and strategies for managing memory or other cognitive difficulties
- Recommendations for treatment planning and support needs
- Assessment and advice regarding management of behaviours of concern (e.g. aggression, disinhibition, reduced initiation)
Tests used for child assessments include:
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
- Children”s Memory Scale (CMS)
- A Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment (NEPSY)
- Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
To discuss the needs of your child please call our admin team on 9872 6255 and we can explore whether an IQ assessment or a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment is most suited to your child’s situation.
Dr Simone Riley and other psychologists on the team are also able to provide counselling and neuropsychological treatment to children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with learning delays, autism, ABI or intellectual disabilities and other cognitive impairments, in the following areas:
- Behaviour management and practical strategies to optimise functioning
- Psychoeducation to better understand learning issues
- Psychotherapy and evidence-based treatment for anxiety or depressive symptoms (that have developed or are a part of the neurological condition)
- Cognitive interventions to compensate or restore neurological impairments
- Support and assistance to parents and carers
DS Psychology Group Assessments for Children
BSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuropsych)
Registered Psychologist providing neuropschological assessments, counselling and reports for children, adolescents and adults
BSc, Dip Inf Pro, TTTC
Senior clinical psychologist working with adults, adolescents, children, families and couples.
SPECIALTIES- Anxiety, Depression Phobias, Addictions, Hypnosis, Relationships (sexual and emotional difficulties), Stress and Trauma, Grief, Anger, Adolescents, Family problems, Cognitive assessments.