Assessments

specialising in conducting comprehensive psycho-educational assessments

Child’s Play QLD, where our team of dedicated Psychologists specialise in conducting comprehensive psycho-educational assessments.

With a focus on identifying intelligence levels, learning differences such as learning disorders and giftedness, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), our experienced professionals utilise a wide range of assessment tools. These assessments provide invaluable insights into an individual’s psychological and cognitive functioning, shedding light on how they think, feel, behave, and react.

Our expertise extends to conducting assessments tailored for children and adolescents, covering areas such as Cognitive Assessments (including intellectual impairment), Academic Achievement Assessments, and Educational Assessments.

At Child's Play QLD, we are committed to providing personalised evaluations that empower individuals and their families with the knowledge they need to thrive.
Cognitive Assessment

Cognitive assessments are used to gain a better understanding of a child’s learning capabilities by identifying their cognitive strengths and limitations.

Academic Achievement Testing

An achievement test is designed to measure an individual’s academic skills and problem-solving abilities.

Educational Assessment

Involves conducting an initial cognitive assessment to identify a child’s cognitive ability/potential, followed by conducting an achievement test.

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Cognitive Assessment

What is a cognitive assessment?

Cognitive assessments are used to gain a better understanding of a child’s learning capabilities by identifying their cognitive strengths and limitations. A cognitive assessment is a standardised test, during which your child is asked to complete different types of thinking tasks and puzzles. Most children find them interesting and enjoyable. The testing session typically takes between 1 – 2 hours, with short breaks taken as needed We currently offer the following cognitive assessment; Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children (WISC-V). This may be used with children ages 6 years to 16 years and 11 months.

How will a cognitive assessment be helpful?

Cognitive assessment is particularly helpful to identify intellectual giftedness, learning difficulties and/or intellectual difficulties and disabilities. When interpreted in combination with a child’s developmental history and other relevant background information, the results from a cognitive assessment can;

  • Identify a child’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Assist a child access gifted and talented programs and/or selective schools.
  • Help teachers make the appropriate accommodations for students in the classroom, which can minimise negative experiences at school such as, school avoidance, low self esteem and poor grades.
  • Provide information that may be used to develop specific learning plans – Assist with applications to access government or school disability funding, special needs teachers or special provisions for school examinations.
  • Determine if your child has an Intellectual Disability

What is involved with a cognitive assessment?

  • A comprehensive developmental intake form is completed by the parent prior to attendance
  • A parent interview to gather background information about the child and their development.
  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with the WISC-V, conducted on iPads, which may be done over 2 sessions.
  • Detailed assessment report of findings with behavioural and educational recommendations specific to the child.
  • Feedback session completed with the parent to discuss assessment outcomes and recommendations..

Academic Achievement Testing

What is an achievement assessment?

An achievement test is designed to measure an individual’s academic skills and problem-solving abilities. The test measures strengths and weaknesses in the core areas of school based learning including reading, writing, mathematics and oral language. An achievement assessment is recommended when there is a suspected learning difficulty or specific learning disability. The assessment is intended to assess academic performance and does not predict intelligence. We currently offer the following achievement assessment; Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III). This may be used with individuals aged 4 years-50 years.

How will an achievement assessment be helpful?

The results from the WIAT-III can help to inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services or placement, or lead to possible diagnosis of a specific learning disability, and to assist teachers and schools develop individual learning plans.

What is involved with an achievement assessment?

  • A comprehensive developmental intake form is completed by the parent prior to attendance.
  • A parent interview to gather background information about the child and their development.
  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with the WIAT-III, conducted on iPads, which may be done over 2 sessions.
  • Detailed assessment report of findings with behavioural and educational recommendations specific to the child.
  • Feedback session completed with the parent to discuss assessment outcomes and recommendations.

Educational Assessment

A full Educational Assessment involves conducting an initial cognitive assessment (WISC-V) to identify a child’s cognitive ability/potential, followed by conducting an achievement test (WIAT-III). The achievement test investigates whether or not the child is able to complete tasks to the level we would expect, given their cognitive potential. If the predicted score is much higher than the actual score in an achievement area, there is often a problem associated with these skills, which then can lead to the identification of specific learning difficulties in a certain area.

What is involved with an educational assessment?

  • A comprehensive developmental intake form is completed by the parent prior to attendance.
  • A parent interview to gather background information about the child and their development.
  • Approx 2 hours of testing with the WISC-V, conducted on iPad, which may be done over 2 sessions.
  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with the WIAT-III, conducted on iPads, which may be done over 2 sessions.
  • Detailed assessment report of findings with behavioural and educational recommendations specific to the child.
  • Feedback session completed with the parent to discuss assessment outcomes and recommendations.