A clinical assessment focuses on identifying patterns of behaviour related to psychological difficulties. By identifying these patterns, your psychologist can help you to better understand how these patterns affect you, and what treatments are available to assist in resolving these concerns. These assessments can include psychometric testing, diagnosis and interviews.
At present, we can provide Parenting Capacity Assessments for the Children’s Court. These are usually requested by the Department of Communities, and involve an assessment of risk, mental health, functional behaviour, intellectual ability and more, depending on the specific needs of each case.
We do not currently undertake assessments for Family Court
Autism Spectrum Diagnostic Assessment
An Autism Spectrum assessment usually involves a multi-disciplinary team including a paediatrician, a speech pathologist and a psychologist to ascertain if an individual meets DSM-5 criteria. The assessment includes a clinical interview with a caregiver or individual, and behavioural observation using best-practice assessment tools. The diagnostic assessment can be initiated by a GP, paediatrician or family members. We work closely with local speech pathologists and paediatricians. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Psycho-educational and ADHD Assessments
Psycho-educational assessments include a parent interview and a series of cognitive and academic achievement tests to provide insight into a student’s abilities in different areas. This helps to determine whether the individual meets diagnoses for Specific Learning Disorders (SLDs) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia or if the individual presents with gifted abilities or intellectual disabilities. Tests can also be conducted to provide useful information to support diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A comprehensive report is written with recommendations to support individual’s unique learning needs. Please contact us if you would like to have more information.