Spark for Life psychology provides psycho-educational assessment for children, adolescents, and young adults with Educational and Developmental Psychologist Carla.
Assessments can be conducted for a range of difficulties including for the purposes of diagnosing:
Specific Learning Difficulties; more commonly known as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD and ADD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
What assessment involves and how it can help:
An assessment is generally requested to due to current concerns from parents, teachers and medical professionals regarding an individuals progress academically, socially, behaviourally and/or emotionally.
For concerns around academic difficulties, assessment usually focuses on identifying a person’s learning strengths and weaknesses, and to determine whether an identifiable learning disorder, such as dyslexia, exists. Individuals attending for a psycho-educational assessment have usually struggled with one or more core academic skills (reading, writing, spelling, mathematics) for an extended period of time. The difficulties they experience are generally unexpected compared to their abilities in other areas and the education they have received. It is also generally the case that attempts to help them with their difficulties have not been successful (or at least have been less successful than would have been expected).
Most young people find the various assessments tasks interesting and generally quite enjoyable. The questions asked change according to age so that people will not be asked many questions that are too challenging. There is always time, both before and after the assessment, to ask questions.
A detailed report is provided approximately three weeks after the assessment with details of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, with evidence-based strategies and recommendations included.
Full psycho-educational assessments at Spark for Life involve (for Specific Learning Difficulties and ADHD):
Parent Initial Consultation – 1 hour
Cognitive (IQ) Assessment – 2 hours
Functional Assessment – 2 hours
Report Preparation – 3-5 hours
Parent and or young person Feedback Consultation – 1 hour
Autism assessments at Spark for Life involve:
1. Parent Comprehensive Interview – 2 hours
2. Clinical Observation and Assessment – 2 hours
3. Observation at school - 1 hour plus travel
4. Report Preparation – 3-5 hours
5. Parent and or young person Feedback Consultation - 1 hour
In situations where previous psychometric testing has been completed, it may not be appropriate to undertake all of the above steps.
Assessments may be conducted in the clinic, your home, your child's school or other suitable location. Assessments require a table and two chairs in a space that is free from interruptions and distractions.