A number of assessments can be conducted to determine a child or young person’s level of functioning.
Cognitive Assessment – This is a psychometric assessment of intellectual functioning, which highlights strengths and weaknesses in the area of verbal and non-verbal problem solving, working memory and speed of processing. IQ assessments are used to establish academic potential and assist in the diagnosis of specific learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities or areas of giftedness.
Specific Learning Difficulties Assessment – This is an assessment of difficulties in the area of academic achievement in maths, spelling, reading or writing.
Adaptive Behaviour Assessments – An assessment of the skills necessary for living an independent and personally sufficient life including daily living skills, communication skills and socialisation skills. This assessment can be helpful to determine areas of delay and to inform treatment plans to target developmental areas requiring more focused intervention.
Autism Spectrum Disorder – A comprehensive evidence-based assessment for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder using standardised assessment tools. This would typically include:
Developmental interview with parents
Autism Diagnostic Interview with parents or carers (ADI-R)
Observation of your child in the clinic using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2)