In order to do well in school, a childs intellectual ability level is one predictor of academic success. To assess this area, the Wechsler Scales such as the WISC-4 or WPPSI-4 are used. If you need to assess for Intellectual Disability, an adaptive assessment is combined with the WISC-4 as recommended in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic Statistical Manual). An intellectual assessment is also used for determining a child's ability level, giftedness and learning profile. An assessment includes a detailed report with recommendations. Cost of cognitive assessment is $750.
A gifted child is unique and requires support to reach their full potential. Intellectual giftedness is described as having an IQ score above125/130 on a comprehensive standardised test such as the Wechsler test administered by a Psychologist. Children can be gifted in other areas such as music and art. Identifying a gifted child isn't always easy. Sometimes it is masked by social difficulties, underachieving and lack of opportunities. An assessment will answer your questions and provide strategies to support your child so they can receive the right educational support at school. An assessment includes a cognitive assessment and a detailed report with recommendations. Cost of assessment without academic testing is $850. Cost including academic testing is $1450.
Specific Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia
Often children who have a specific learning difficulty are not identified early because they are otherwise intelligent children. A Specific Learning Difficulty means a child has difficulty learning and using academic skills for reading, writing, spelling, or mathematics. To
understand why this occurs, a comprehensive assessment looking at the underlying cognitive factors that affect learning is required. Once you know what the problem is, intervention will be tailored to suit your child's needs. An assessment includes a detailed report, a diagnosis (if applicable) with recommendations. See costs below;
Assessment of Literacy or Numeracy (one subject area) (dyslexia assessment applies here) is $1400.
Assessment of Literacy AND Numeracy $1500
Assessment of Literacy, Numeracy and Behaviour (ie ADHD, executive functioning) $1600.
Screener for reading/learning difficulties
A brief assessment can measure essential skills necessary for school success. This assessment is useful for younger children in kinder and prep. It measures essential skills required for reading success such as IQ, phonological processing, memory, vocabulary and phonics. You will find out if your child is at risk of a learning difficulty and what support is necessary. A brief report with recommendations is provided. Cost is $495.
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Executive Functions are higher level cognitive functions that allow us to meet challenges and accomplish goals. These include planning, organising, problem solving, working memory, emotional control, response inhibition (controling impulses), sustaining attention and flexibility (mental). Poor EFs can be associated with other conditions such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism or it can occur in isolation. If your child has problems in EFs then he/she will most likely struggle at school. EFs are very important in all aspects of everyday life especially in academic success. Get your childs Executive Functioning assessed to learn strategies to cope and improve learning. Cost is $395.
Attention Defict /
Hyperactivty Disorder (ADHD)
Children with ADHD will display significant problems with concentrating on tasks, paying attention, sitting still and controlling impulsive behaviour. Some children may have Inattentive type, or hyperactive type or both. To receive a diagnosis of ADHD, your child must display these challenges in two settings (for example, home and school).
To assess for ADHD, it is recommended that your child complete a cognitive assessment as well. Cost is $990.
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