At Pathways Health and Research Centre, we offer a range of psychological assessment and intervention services for children and adolescents. We have several psychological and cognitive assessment toolkits that can be used to assess individuals’ (between age 2 years and 6 months up to age 16 years and 11 months) strengths and weakness in cognitive functioning, which generally refers to the mental abilities that are necessary for thinking, perceiving and reasoning.
Such assessments can be useful in identifying any deficits or giftedness, and the results can be useful for informing specific areas of functioning that require intervention and support from health care providers (eg. Medical practitioners, Psychologists and other allied health professionals), teachers and families.
Cognitive assessments can involve a comprehensive assessment of the following areas:
An assessment of individuals’ cognitive and academic skills can be useful for identifying:
In some cases, the social, behavioural and emotional difficulties that children and adolescents exhibit may be complicated by underlying cognitive issues. Thus, an assessment of cognitive skills can be useful in providing recommendations for specific accommodations and modifications to support individuals’ learning, achievement, developmental, psychological and behavioural needs. Such recommendations could be used to inform individual learning plans for students in the classroom, which can help improve individuals’ ability to learn more effectively.
To gain a comprehensive understanding of the individuals’ level of functioning and needs, it is often best practice for the Psychologist to consult with other educational and/ or health care providers who work with the individual. Taking into consideration these factors, along with the individuals’ needs, the Psychologist will generate an individualised written report of the assessment results and recommendations.
Report turnaround time: Generally between 1 – 2 weeks after the last testing session.