Positive Insight Psychology offers a range of formal psychological assessments for both children and adults – including Cognitive ( IQ tests) , Achievement testing or Full Educational assessments, ADHD assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment , Memory Assessment, School Readiness testing, Adaptive functioning assessments.
What’s included in an Assessment?
A Cognitive Assessment ( IQ assessments ) typically include:
An initial parent interview (or self interview for adult) to gather some history about your child and their development
2 x 50 minute sessions to administer the standardised cognitive (intelligence) test.
A detailed report of findings with any recommendations tailored to the client profile
A feedback session to discuss your child’s ( your own) assessment and answer any questions.
Academic Achievement Assessment’s typically include:
An initial parent interview to gather some history about your child and their development
up to 3 x 50 minute sessions (dependent on how many subtests are administered) achievement test (WIAT-III)
A detailed report of findings with behavioural and educational recommendations tailored for your child
A parent feedback session to discuss your child’s assessment and answer any questions.
A Full Educational Assessment typically includes–
A full Educational Assessment is a combination of the Cognitive Assessment and the Achievement Assessment as above – in some cases additional tools may be administered.
An Adaptive Functioning Assessment typically includes:
A questionnaire for completion ( Vineland )
A short summary Report and A parent feedback session.
An Attention Assessment typically includes:
Questionnaires for completion – Connors 3/ Connors early Childhood global or CAARS
A formal written Report and feedback session
Normally a Cognitive Assessment is usually also undertaken
A Child Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment typically includes:
Parent questionnaire for completion (ADI-R)
Administration of ADOS
A school observation session ( for children/adolescents)
A formal written Report and Feedback session
Often a Cognitive Assessment is undertaken as well ( as above- extra cost)
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS?
WPPSI – The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence
The WPPSI is a comprehensive measure of a young child’s intellectual ability. This cognitive assessment involves game-like activities, as well as age-specific subtests. . Test age range: 2.5 – 7 years
WISC-V – The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (Australian and New Zealand Standardised, Fifth Edition)
The WISC is an individually administered comprehensive clinical instrument for assessing the cognitive ability/intelligence of children. It provides a breakdown of strength and weakness areas consisting of Verbal Comprehension, Spatial Reasoning, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed.Test range: 6 years 0 months through 16 years 11 months.
WAIS-IV – The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
The WAIS is a comprehensive measure of an adult’s intellectual ability that includes a full scale IQ score in addition to index scores that measure different facets of intelligence. It provides a breakdown of strength and weakness areas consisting of Verbal Comprehension, Spatial Reasoning, Fluid Reasoning, Working Memory and Processing Speed.Test age range: 16 – 89 years
WIAT-III – The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
The WIAT is a comprehensive, individually administered test for assessing the achievement of children, adolescents, tertiary students and adults. Test range: 4 years through 50 years, 11 months
WMS – The Wechsler Memory Scale
The WMS is a comprehensive measure of adult memory functioning and assessed both auditory and visual memory. The results of a memory assessment help an individual develop effective strategies to retain information to aid future learning processes. Research into the WMS has found the psychological assessment tool to be valid and reliable. The results from the test can also be used to provide further insight into an individual’s performance on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale. Test age range: 16 – 90 years
The Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales – Third Edition
The Vineland is used to assess individuals aged up to 90 years to measure how adequately they can live independently. It assesses the individual’s skills in specific areas and can help with treatment planning as well as helping to identify developmental delays, cognitive disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other impairments.