General Cognitive Assessment


From start to finish..... a complete solution

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Intake & booking

Speak to our intake officer & case manager Maddie Fooks. Free consultation. Free information pack.

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Background screening

Complete online standardised psychological questionnaires.

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Initial interview

Meet with a specialists or our specialist team to plan for assessment and discuss goals.

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Assessment

Identify the root cause of any cognitive, learning, social, emotional or behavioural issues.

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Feedback session

Go through the results, areas that need treating, and follow-up recommendations.

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Parent Report

Extensive report outlining your child’s profile, any diagnoses, recommended follow-up, and strategies to manage weaknesses at home.

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Teacher Report

Where relevant you will receive an additional teacher report (no cost) with classroom strategies

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School liaison

If requested, we are able to have a meeting with the school or teleconference with teachers about issues occurring in the classroom.

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Therapy program/s

A complete therapy plan to address all areas of need including: psychological therapy, cognitive training, or other learning or skills training.

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Comprehensive cognitive (neuropsychological) assessment (Ages 4-18 years): Cognitive issues, learning problems & ADHD

At the SCDC we specialise in the assessment and treatment of children with developmental, cognitive, learning, social, emotional and behavioural issues. We offer a very flexible assessment system: we do not believe in a fixedYoung Boy Being Tutored by His Teacher battery system as every child is highly unique with different core issues underlying their functional weaknesses and differing patterns of strengths and weaknesses. To administer all available cognitive tests to children would take over 7-8 hours and be highly inefficient and stressful for the child. We therefore base the initial assessment on parental ratings/ interview as well as teacher ratings, and then continue the assessment according to patterns of performance noted on the testing.

Our point of difference

At the SCDC we only have specialist neuropsychologists conduct our assessments. An IQ test and tests of academic achievement are always going to be starting points in assessment, but these tests are just the tip of the iceberg and are not the end goal of assessment. To stop here would only be describing the symptoms without identifying the causes. We only very rarely recommend these tests in isolation as they tell you little about the core issues underlying performance. The only time we would administer just these tests would be if it was a question of funding or application for extra assistance at school. We also do not recommend that questionnaires alone are used to measure attention skills as numerous processing issues (other than true attention problems) can create low ratings. It is vital that when you are looking to get your child assessed you ask what sort of assessment the health professional conducts and whether they can give all the specialist tests noted below. Otherwise you may find yourself shuffled to numerous professionals before a diagnosis can be made, or a misdiagnosis may be made if certain issues are not ruled out. Up to 50% of patients we see who come to us with a diagnosis of ADHD are misdiagnosed and actually have a non-attention based processing disorder such as a visual processing, auditory processing, or speed of information processing disorder. All of our assessments are aimed at understanding your child holistically in regards to not only their cognitive skills but the impact upon them psychologically, emotionally, socially and behaviourally. We recognise that accurate diagnosis and assessment is vital to be able to treat the child as holistically as possible in order to help them maximise their potential.

A complete solution

All our assessments are aimed at providing the parents with
(1) a full description of their child’s strengths and weaknesses,
(2) short-term recommendations on how to manage their weaknesses at school and at home, and then
(3) a long-term program of how to manage and improve the areas of weakness through various types of therapy and cognitive training.
Whilst there are certain specialists who do provide an excellent standard of assessment outlined above, it is vital that the person doing the assessment is also able to offer a comprehensive therapy and treatment program. At the Sydney Cognitive Development Centre we have a team of neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, speech therapist, orthopist/visual trainer, cognitive trainers, and educational specialists who can treat every aspect of your child’s issues. We have a philosophy to address issues from all angles to be able to achieve maximum benefits. For example, many children with cognitive issues develop anxiety and low self-esteem and even though we can improve core cognitive skills, without improving the psychological factors, children won’t believe they can succeed and therefore still won’t try. For children with multiple issues we combine therapies so that the child can reach their highest levels of potential. We aim to provide families with a complete solution to helping their child maximise their potential and create the best quality of life for them in the long-term.

What types of specialist testing we conduct

  • Intellectual functioning: verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning, working memory, processing speed
  • Reading accuracy, reading speed & reading comprehension
  • Spelling & writing
  • Phonological Awareness: blending, segmentation, rapid naming, phonological memory, non-word reading
  • Mathematical operations and reasoning
  • Memory: visual & verbal memory, immediate and delayed memory, recognition memory
  • Attention: visual sustained attention, auditory sustained attention, switching attention, divided attention, selective attention
  • Attention/ memory span: auditory & visual
  • Impulsivity & stimulation (boredom) levels- to both auditory and visual information
  • Executive functioning: planning, organisation, abstract reasoning, self-monitoring, utilising feedback
  • Processing speed: visual and auditory
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Visual processing: discrimination, figure-ground, spatial skills, closure, form constancy
  • Auditory processing: discrimination, figure-ground, filtered hearing, ear dominance
  • Psychological issues: depression, anxiety, anger/frustration, aggression, self-esteem
  • Social skills
Note: Many parents take their children for cognitive testing and are surprised that even though they told the psychologist their child seems to have organisational, attention or memory problems they just do an IQ test and don’t actually do formal cognitive testing of the specific areas of concern. Make sure that the psychologist can assess all your concerns and don’t think that just because someone says they can do a cognitive assessment they actually have a complete and updated cognitive test library. Usually only dedicated cognitive centres with invest in these very expensive specialist tests. Before considering assessment we recommend that you:
  • Check for a full neuropsychological test library- see tests above. If the psychologists doesn’t have all the tests how can you expect they can pinpoint the root cause of the difficulties?
  • Check for level of registration with the APRHA register. You would be surprised at how many non-psychologists try and claim they can do cognitive testing.
  • Check whether they have a minimum of master’s level training in the administration of interpretation of neuropsychological testing. Beware of having even a basic IQ test done with someone who cannot interpret it, as it cannot be repeated within a year.
 
FREE GUIDE TO CHILD ASSESSMENT:
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2017 TEST PRICES & FEES:
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