The success of a treatment relies on a thorough assessment. We offer the following assessments:
Cognitive assessments or intelligence tests are used to determine a child’s learning capability by identifying their cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
- Reading – comprehension and decoding
- Written expression
- Listening comprehension
- Oral expressive skills
- Mathematics – operations and reasoning
- Academic fluency – speed of reading, writing and calculating
AUDITORY PROCESSING ASSESSMENT
The first step in this assessment is for the indivdual to have an updated hearing test to make sure that the problems identified are not being caused by an inability to actually receive sound. A hearing assessment must be conducted by an audiologist.
The next step involves administration of auditory processing assessment, which can be done at our practice. The assessment involves a number of tests in which repeated words or sounds are presented through headphones in a quiet room. Words are presented to one ear at a time and under different conditions. Auditory memory and auditory attention are also assessed as these are important components of auditory processing.
Assessment and Diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
When diagnosing ADD or ADHD, we use a number of measures including observational data, psychological questionnaires and continuous performance tests.
EMPLOYMENT RELATED ASSESSMENT
Work related assessments are individualised to the employer’s/employee’s needs.
A diagnostic assessment is a comprehensive individualised assessment that involves gathering developmental, emotional, social, health, cognition and family history of an individual with the goal being to identify if the individual has symptoms and difficulties that are consistent with a specific diagnosis.
QEEG (6 years and over)
A quatative electroencephalogram is an assessment of an EEG recording ( a recording of brain activity) in order to explain some of the negative symptoms and feelings experienced. Interpreting the data from a QEEG report requires training and specialised knowledge and not all mental healthcare professionals will have experience in this area. To explain it in simple terms, a QEEG records and measures brain activity across 26 different locations of the brain. As an example, two people diagnosed with ADHD might not have the same underlying cause of their symptoms, so by doing a QEEG we can look to see if these symptoms are explained by the brain activity we see in particular regions of the brain.
ACTIGRAPHY SLEEP ASSESSMENTS (6years and over)
Sleep issues can have a large effect on our mood and attention. This assessment monitors blue light exposure and sleep/wake behaviours. Overexposure to blue spectrum light that comes off our screens, LED lights, fluorescent lamps, especially in the evening, stop our bodies from releasing sleep-inducing melatonin and this can have a considerable negative impact on our quality of sleep and duration of sleep.