Assessments for Children

A Guided Journey

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Understanding what drives your child’s emotions and behaviours sets the foundations for personalised support and growth.

Professional assessments can pinpoint why they might struggle with big feelings, concentration, social skills, impulse control or learning.

Our team of experienced child psychologists support families through the assessment process with the utmost compassion and care.

We provide children aged 3-13 years with comprehensive diagnostic assessment for:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
  • Learning difficulties, including Dyslexia.
  • Executive Functioning Disorder.
  • Working Memory Assessment.

What to Expect:

The First Step

You can book an appointment as a private client, NDIS participant or contact your GP to discuss a mental health treatment plan.

At peak times we may maintain a wait list. When this occurs we will inform you of your options.

Please note our practice does not provide assessments for court proceeding reports.

The Appointments

First, we meet you without your child.

This initial appointment is a parent-only session, a chance to get to know your chosen psychologist and chat openly about the challenges your child is facing.

We will ask you questions about their developmental history, emotional regulation, social skills, sensory concerns and learning. We can also provide age-appropriate advice for talking to your child about what to expect when they meet us.

The information discussed during this session can determine any need for assessment and guide future appointments.

Following your initial face to face appointment with your therapist you will receive a Welcome Pack. This pack provides you with key information about our practice and what you can expect. Please take the opportunity to carefully read through all the documents.

Next, we meet your child face-to-face.

This session is all about ensuring your child feels comfortable. We will spend a lot of time building trust, chatting about their life, interests and relationships.

When the time is right, we will explore concerns using evidence-based therapy tailored to your child’s age and emotional capacity.

You are welcome to join us for this appointment or take advantage of one of the lovely coffee cafes nearby.

The Outcome

We do this part a little differently from some providers. We will invite you to a face-to-face feedback appointment when the results arrive. This personalised approach allows us to walk you through our findings in detail. It also gives you the vital opportunity to ask questions and share your feelings.

After this session, you will receive a detailed written report filled with practical strategies and next steps.

The assessment report may take 6 weeks to complete. Our therapists undertake a careful and detailed analysis of all information received during the assessment process through interpretation of standardized tests, observation and direct interaction. The report then forms the basis for diagnosis, intervention and communication to other service providers as appropriate.

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