Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Behavioural Assessment
When a child experiences learning at school as difficult, it can reduce their enjoyment and success, leading to behavioural and emotional problems. Bower Place offers psycho-educational assessments for children aged 6-16 years. A psycho-educational assessment is conducted by an experienced psychologist, familiar with both the educational system and learning problems. The assessment provides information about the child’s cognitive capacity and academic level. Once this information has been integrated and the difficulties identified, a pathway for intervention and support can be designed.
Our practitioners can conduct psychometric assessments as part of an overall assessment of you or your child’s needs. A range of tests are employed as part of a holistic assessment that can provide a measure of cognitive ability (i.e., IQ), social, emotional and behavioural functioning designed to improve outcomes within the work and classroom environment. In addition, a measure of adaptive functioning may provide additional information regarding the supports needed.
Assessments are also conducted for Giftedness and Intellectual Disability.
Please note that, while we can advise on the need for a comprehensive assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, testing needs to be conducted through specialist ASD assessment providers (e.g., Autism SA).
What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?
A range of questions and tasks are given to a child to assess cognitive processes such as thinking and reasoning, memory, attention and speed of processing information. Additional tests of more school based activities such as reading; spelling and mathematics are also included. Behaviour, social and emotional functioning may also be included in the assessment.
All information gained in the assessment, including interviews with parents and teachers and discussions with the child are evaluated in conjunction with the results of the questions and tasks given to the child, observations, rating scales and any other information gathered during the assessment.
When is an assessment needed?
A psychoeducational assessment is most often undertaken after consultation between parents and teachers and may be appropriate after additional support has been given at school. If the child is losing interest at school, says that they are “bad at school” or that the work is “too hard” or seems unable to grasp new skills as readily as might be expected it may be that a discussion with the teacher about whether to proceed to an assessment may be the first step.
What is the process?
Parents attending the sessions are most often asked to complete forms providing background information about the child’s physical and emotional development in the early years. Parents are encouraged to bring any other previous reports, report cards or relevant information with them.
Time of testing sessions often depends on the child’s age and there may need to be more than one session, however, usually they are about 1 to 1½ hours in duration. Testing during the morning is preferred, so the child may need to miss some school. The process is often intense and tiring for the child, so they may need some down time afterwards.
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A comprehensive report written by one of our psychologists is included in the assessment.
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Why use a psychologist?
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