Autism Assessment & Support

At times, an assessment is suggested or required to better understand an individual and to tailor their support plan. Some common assessments are:

Autism Assessment

An assessment to determine whether a child, young person or adult is Autistic requires evaluation by a team of professionals who are experienced in Autism. This will often involve a Paediatrician, Psychologist and Speech Therapist. As the psychological component of a comprehensive assessment, we are trained in the administration of gold standard assessment tools and will use a variety of observation methods as required. Assessment typically occurs over two to three sessions, however these sessions can sometimes occur on the same day (parental interview and child observation run concurrently). The assessment includes a written report outlining formulation and recommendations of supports and accommodations that may be beneficial.

ADHD Assessment

An assessment to determine whether a child or young person is an ADHDer requires evaluation by a Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. Assessment typically occurs over two to three sessions, and includes separate parent and teacher interviews, as well as parent, teacher and, where appropriate, self-report questionnaires. The assessment includes a written report outlining formulation and recommendations of supports and accommodations that may be beneficial.

Cognitive or Intellectual Assessment

A cognitive assessment may be requested to determine a child’s overall intellectual functioning, and to gain an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. A cognitive assessment will consist of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) for children aged between 2 years, 6 months and 7 years, 7 months. For children aged 6 years through to 16 years of age, the years, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) would be used. Both assessments will provide an indication of a child’s overall IQ, and a description of their strengths and weaknesses. This assessment may inform diagnosis of Intellectual Disability, giftedness and learning difficulties. This assessment may be completed over one to two sessions, and includes a written report.

Educational Assessment

An educational or learning assessment can be utilised to better understand a young person’s strengths and challenges in reading, writing and maths. An educational assessment will consistent of a cognitive assessment, as well as a range of assessment tools that can inform current academic skills. Such assessment tools may include the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test- Third Edition (WIAT-III), the Test of Word Reading Efficiency- Second Edition (TOWRE-2), the Test of Written Language – Fourth Edition (TOWL-4), the Feifer Assessment of Mathematics (FAM) and the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing – Second Edition (CTOPP-2).

Adaptive Behaviour

The Vineland III is used to assess a young person’s adaptive behaviour, and often forms a part of an assessment of Intellectual Functioning or Intellectual Disability. This assessment is completed via questionnaire and the child is not required to be present. This assessment includes a written report.

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