Brainbox Psychology Clinic offers diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents.
We believe that every child has a unique set of abilities and talents that can be discovered and nurtured. With early identification of individual strengths and struggles, we give parents the tools to support their child and encourage them to flourish.
Families may seek assessment of their child for a variety of reasons, including:
- Clarification around the reasons for lower than expected school performance.
- Identification of suspected learning disorders, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia.
- Evaluation of intellectual ability and achievement levels for potential inclusion in gifted and talented enrichment or acceleration programs.
- Reviewing cognitive functioning and current academic performance for consideration of special examination arrangements with School Curriculum and Standards Authority.
- Examination of challenging behaviours, such as attention and concentration problems, or hyperactivity and impulsivity issues.
- Identification of suspected disorders, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Insight into how executive functioning difficulties impact behavioural and emotional control.
- Investigation of delays in achieving early childhood milestones.
- Identification of intellectual disabilities.
- Analysis of cognitive development, social-emotional interactions, communication skills, and self-care abilities related to school readiness.
What is a psychological assessment?
A psychological assessment uncovers strengths and struggles in a child’s intellectual profile, learning performance, behavioural challenges and social-emotional functioning. Our assessment process is tailored towards the individual needs of each unique child we meet by including the following steps:
1. Parent Initial Consultation – 50 minutes
- We like to gain insight from both parents into the factors impacting a child’s development.
2. Cognitive (IQ) Assessment – 90 minutes
- We use the WISC-V to evaluate a child’s intellectual functioning.
3. Functional Assessment – 90 minutes
- We use a series of tests to identify strengths and weaknesses including; phonological processing, decoding (reading), encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, written expression, mathematics, and socio-emotional functioning.
- We use a cross-battery assessment approach to measure intellectual abilities and functional achievements. This means that we tailor our assessment tools to suit the unique needs of each child we meet.
4. Social, Emotional & Behavioural Assessment
- We use a range of tools to measure social skills, emotional health and behavioural functioning, with feedback gathered from parents, teachers along with reports on the child’s own thoughts and feelings.
5. Results Interpretation and Report Preparation – 150 minutes
- We go beyond simply reporting data, and instead provide parents with a detailed interpretation that explains the meanings of the assessment results.
- Please allow us two weeks after the asessment date to compile a comprehensive report.
6. Parent Feedback Consultation – 50 minutes
- We enjoy meeting with both parents to clarify the assessment findings and discuss strategies for intervention.
- We make recommendations on programs that have been well researched to achieve real results to assist your child.