A cognitive assessments is a process which enables a psychologist to investigate intellectual strengths, challenges and learning styles. The process is comprehensive and involves completing questionnaires, gathering history, and completing two assessment phases . During the assessment phase, participants complete a range of subtests via a combination of iPad and pencil and paper format. Areas of intelligence assessed include working memory, the ability to reason, verbal comprehension, processing speed and visual and spatial abilities. Areas of academic performance assessed include reading, writing, mathematics, and comprehension. Functional assessments are also offered, to assess the functional skills necessary for daily living.
Assessments can be used to gain further insight into educational experience, intellectual functioning and the adjustments required to support a child or adult in the education or workplace setting. Cognitive assessments also enable psychologists to diagnose intellectual disability, and learning disorders including Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia or giftedness.
We utilise the following evidence-based standardised instruments :
WAIS IV: The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale is a Cognitive Assessment used to identify an adults Intelligence Quotient (IQ), and is used in conjunction with the ABAS to assess intellectual disability.
WISC V : The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children is a Cognitive Assessment used to identify a child's Intelligence Quotient (IQ), and is used in conjunction with the ABAS to assess intellectual disability.
WIAT III: The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test is a Children's Performance and Learning assessment, used in conjunction with the WISC V to aid diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia).
ABAS III: The Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System is used to assess functional capacity when investigating intellectual abilities and limitations.
Our assessment service includes the provision of a comprehensive written report, and a feedback session to discuss the assessment results and recommendations with the individual and their loved ones, their school or employer, and any other professionals involved in their care. If applicable, completion of the practitioners, section of the NDIS Access Request Form is also provided.
The cost varies depending on the type of assessment, number of instruments used and the fee being charged by your psychologist. In some instances private health funds, insurance companies or private and Catholic schools may provide assistance. Reports are released after full payment is received. Payment plans are available. POA from $1500 (plus GST). Cognitive and Diagnostic Assessments are not covered by Medicare . Please contact your psychologist to confirm fees.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER We do not offer Autism assessments. We recommend that you contact the Tasmanian Autism Diagnostic Service to access this free service. ATTENTION DEFICIT & HYPERACTIVITY DISORDERS We do not offer Behavioural Disorder assessments (e.g., ADHD, CD, ODD). We recommend you connect with a Paediatrician.