Services - Assessments

Assessments

  • Cognitive testing (IQ), Personality testing, Learning Styles
  • Informing a diagnosis - clinical assessment for depression, anxiety, stress, anger and aspects of personality/schema
  • Assessment of child development
  • School and work options - preferences and learning styles
  • Understanding a person's cognitive strengths and weaknesses - intelligence testing
  • Assessment of neuropsychological functioning
  • Better understanding someone's behaviours
  • Determine skills and ability levels - social skills
  • Risk of offending behaviour - criminal offending, sexual offending, arson, stalking
  • Parent stress, parenting capacity, attachment and bonding

Children

parents-assessmentsPsychological assessments can provide lots of useful information if a child is having problems. There are so many different types of psychological tests that provides different types of information.

The clinicians at Bendigo Psychology can provide a range of assessments for children with different concerns. We chose the types of assessments that will best answer the questions that you, teachers or doctors may have about your child.

You, your child’s teachers or your doctor may have questions about:

A child’s intellectual functioning

This usually means that someone wants to know more about what a child’s strengths and weaknesses might be in regard to thinking, solving problems or doing school work. Some children may be really strong visually, whilst others may be better with words. These differences can be handy for teachers to know. Also, a test of intellectual functioning (or IQ test) can be used to work out where your child is at with respect to other children of the same age.

A child’s neuropsychological profile

This type of assessment looks at how a child’s brain is functioning. Different parts of the brain do different jobs for us. A neuropsychological test can help work out where there might be some problems with the brain that may be causing a child some problems. The tests can also help work out the best ways to help someone who may have some damage to their brain.

A child's mental health

An assessment of a child may include things that can tell you whether a child has more sadness, worry, perfectionism or anger than they should for their age.

A child’s behaviour

Sometimes, it can be handy to know whether a child’s behaviour is normal for his or her age or whether there are some real concerns about it. Also, an assessment of a child’s adaptive behaviour can tell us what sort of things a child can do for themselves in terms of self care, chores, or getting along.

Autism Spectrum

Some children have problems with socialising, speech and obsessive interests. Doctors and parents may want to know whether the child has a profile that fits a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Clinicians can do tests that contribute useful information to doctors or paediatricians who are investigating if the child has these concerns.

A formal psychological assessment usually results in a written report that includes information on the tests that were completed and the things that were found about the child.

As well as the results of the tests used, the assessment usually takes into account other things the clinician has learned about the child by talking to the child, observing the child and talking to other people about the child.

So, when all of this information is put together with the results of testing, a psychological report should be able to provide answers to the questions raised about the child.

Adults

adults-assessmentsScience and research tell us that not all treatments will work for all people in the same way.

Your clinician will take some time to get to know you, your concerns and your situation. This will involve talking with the clinician. Your clinician might also ask you to fill out some questionnaires or complete some tasks that will assist them to get to know how serious your concerns may be, which parts to tackle first and which treatment will be the best fit for you. This is where the combination of qualifications, experience and people skills is really important in a clincian.

Sometimes, a more formal assessment may be required. If you have been asked to attend psychology sessions by a workplace, a solicitor, a doctor or psychiatrist, a Court, an employment agency or a statutory body like the Department of Human Services, these agencies may require formal assessment and a written report. Sometimes these assessments require longer appointment times.

They will include talking with you, completing some questionnaires or some tasks and may involve us speaking with other people who know you or are aware of your situation.

More formal assessments might include:

Intelligence or cognitive assessment

Assessments of memory or how your brain may be working (neuropsychological assessments). Neuropsychological assessment can help to diagnose behavioural conditions associated with impaired brain functioning, describe the cognitive effects of a neurological injury or illness and determine the relationship between cognitive problems, emotions and behaviour impacting on people’s daily functioning

Personality assessment

Behavioural assessment

Assessment of mood - stress, anxiety, anger, depression

Risk assessments for harm to others or harm to yourself

Parenting Capacity, Attachment and Bonding