The assessments are administered by Psychologist Emily Church. Assessments are primarily undertaken by children but they are also offered to adults. The assessment enables the identification of subtle learning problems and discrepancies between ability and achievement. We provide a comprehensive confidential report with diagnosis and intervention recommendations.
To measure ability (IQ) we offer one of the following:
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
- for ages 6:0 years to 16:11 years
- a gold standard assessment tool designed to measure a child’s intellectual ability.
- an individually administered comprehensive clinical instrument for assessing the cognitive ability/intelligence.
- provides subtest and composite scores that represent intellectual functioning in specific cognitive domains, as well as a composite score that represents the general intellectual ability.
- verbal and nonverbal responses are measured.
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales – Fifth Edition (SB5)
- for ages 2:0 years to 85+
- a collection of subtests providing nonverbal, verbal, and full scale IQ scores and other diagnostic indexes.
- provides a comprehensive profile of scores to document the cognitive strengths and weaknesses of children, adolescents, and adults with learning difficulties, delays, and disabilities.
To measure academic achievement we offer Wechsler Individual Achievement Test III A&NZ (WIAT-III)
- for ages 4:0 to 50:11years
- assists in identifying the academic strengths and weaknesses
- informs decisions regarding:
- eligibility for educational services, educational placement,
- diagnosis of a specific learning disability; and
- designing instructional objectives and planning interventions.
We will discuss with you, by phone or email, the assessment needs for your child and then determine appropriate testing.
When you make a booking we will email you a range of intake forms to be completed.
- developmental questionnaire,
- strength & difficulties questionnaire
- general behavioural screening (Autism and ADHD).
- we may also send you electronic assessments for online completion.
ii) Educational assessment
The tests are done over two days (Monday and Thursday) within a 7 day period.
Up to two and a half hours is set aside for each test which includes breaks. The final time for completion will partly depend on the child’s responses.
On the day of the assessment we require:
- completed forms (if not already emailed to us)
- snacks and drink for your child to have during breaks.
- the most recent school reports, previous assessments or relevant medical records
If on medication your child needs to take them as normal on the day of the assessment.
A detailed report, containing recommendations for interventions, and graphs of your child’s ability levels is usually completed within 10 days. Depending on your preference we can send the report as a hard copy, encrypted electronic copy or both.
A feedback session, either in person or by phone if more convenient, is provided so that you may ask any questions arising from the assessment. Any identified problems will be discussed and appropriate referrals suggested.
A non-refundable $200 deposit is due at the time of booking.
The balance is payable at the assessment.
We accept EFTPOS, credit card and direct deposit. We do not take cash or AMEX.
An additional non-refundable deposit of $200 is required if you reschedule your appointment.
No Medicare rebate applies
Which ability test should I use for my child?
The WISC-V has Australian norms and plenty of varied and interesting tasks for children. The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales has United States norms, and is also interesting for children. Australian schools tend to be more familiar with the WISC-V. Both tests are ‘gold standards’ in ability testing.
My child is on medication, what should I do?
Your child should take their medication as normal.
What should I tell my child?
That depends a little on your child, their age and disposition. You know them best, but remarks along the lines of “You will be meeting with someone who will ask you questions about things, like a quiz, and do some puzzles and picture problems. You’ll work for a while, and then have a break. I will be in another room while you are there.”
Will I be able to sit with my child during the assessment?
Parents are usually occupied completing questionnaires, and children are better able to attend to the tasks when they are not distracted by the presence of their parent.
I don’t know if I want an assessment for my child, can I just make an appointment for a consultation to discuss?
Yes, you can book a standard therapy appointment with Emily.