Types of Assessments

Types of Assessments

Formal psychological assessments are performed by psychologists for various reasons such as to determine if an individual is neurodivergent (as in the case of ADHD or autism assessments) or to assess learning or intellectual functioning. Psychological assessments can involve several components such as psychological interviews, using comprehensive psychometric measures, clinical observation and liaising with teachers and other health professionals.

At Prosper Health Collective, our clinicians are able to offer a number of types of assessment such as cognitive assessments, ADHD assessments, autism assessments and comprehensive learning assessments tailored to you or your child’s unique needs and circumstances.

Cognitive assessments or intelligence tests are used to determine a child’s learning capability by identifying their cognitive strengths and weaknesses. When interpreted in combination with comprehensive background information, parent and teachers interviews, the results of cognitive tests can provide a profile which can assist with the development of individualised intervention and learning plans for children.

Psychologists are also able to offer ADHD assessments. An assessment for ADHD involves an assessment of a child’s behavioural and cognitive functioning. However, it should be noted that a formal diagnosis of ADHD must be made by a medical professional such as a Paediatrician or Neurologist.

Autism assessments involve a comprehensive assessment process including gathering information from a range of sources. Autism assessments involve gathering information about a child’s or adult’s areas of strength and weakness – in particular around social interactions, communication skills, behaviours or interests.

Finally, comprehensive educational or learning assessments may be required when a child is suspected of having underlying learning difficulties. Assessments of learning difficulties can be intricate and complex in nature. The aim of an assessment is to unravel what may be preventing a child from learning to their full potential and to identify strengths and weaknesses. An assessment will also make recommendations for future intervention.

Here at Prosper Health Collective, we are committed to ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of the assessment process. Please feel free to visit our website for further information about assessment services offered at the practice. If you think you or your child would like assistance with an assessment, feel free to contact the practice.

Eshani Gunawardena