Child/Adolescent psycho-educational assessments can help with identifying neurodivergence (e.g., ADHD, autism, dyslexia), and in developing strategies to address challenges faced at home and in school. Recommendations for support could address academic, social, behavioural, and emotional functioning. This could also include recommendations to various specialists if needed.
Assessments can also assist in school applications, exam accommodations, school placements, and ascertaining suitability for adoption, custody, and guardianship.
The assessment process usually starts with a parent intake session where developmental and background information about the child being assessed is collected. In some cases, and with consent, other family members or teachers might be contacted to obtain a holistic understanding of the child’s behaviour in different settings. The clinician may also carry out school observations. Only after these steps will the clinician be able to recommend the type of assessments that need to be conducted. There may be times when no assessment is able to be conducted at the time.
The assessments used are researched-based, standardised, internationally approved, and up-to-date. The assessment may be conducted over a few days. It is recommended that to assess children at their best cognitive functioning they be conducted in the morning. The clinician conducting the assessment will provide your child with sensory toys and a short break between different sections of the assessment. At times they may engage kids with a game as well.
After the assessment has been conducted a formal feedback session will be booked with parents and child (if age appropriate). A formal report with a diagnosis (if relevant and needed) will be provided with recommendations for home and school settings.