Maryborough Psychology & Health Clinic
Cognitive Assessment Information
We can conduct formal standardised cognitive and educational assessments for preschool, school-aged children and adults (age 4+). The tests explore factors which may be affecting a person's academic achievement, vocational achievement or general functioning. A person's cognitive abilities (IQ) can be assessed to determine particular learning styles and strengths and weaknesses.
The cognitive tests can be used to assess students with severe academic difficulties to determine if they meet an eligibility criteria to apply for school based funding and support (through both state, catholic and independent school systems).
Provided recommendations can be passed onto teachers or employers. It can be beneficial for teachers to teach to your child's preferred learning style (as everyone learns differently). The information can assist with individual learning plans. Employers can understand your skills and limitations for more appropriate work placement and expectations.
Cognitive Assessment Tools:
WPPSI-IV - Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - Fourth Edition
WISC-V - Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fifth Edition
WAIS-IV - Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth Edition
What is the Cognitive Assessment Process?
1. Review of Background Information:
The process starts with a questionnaire for you to complete about your child, as well as a teacher questionnaire. Information will be gathered regarding your child’s cognitive, academic, social, family and emotional history. This information ensures a more accurate interpretation of test results.
Depending on what is being tested, other specific information may need to be gathered using additional scales, clinical interviews and observations.
2. A Standardised Cognitive Assessment:
(WISC-V, WPPSI-IV or WAIS-IV)
A cognitive assessment will be conducted to determine your child’s overall intellectual functioning and abilities, such as:
- skills in understanding verbal information, thinking and reasoning with words, and expressing thoughts as words;
- skills in solving problems without using words, sometimes using hand-eye coordination, and working quickly and efficiently with visual information
- ability to learn, attend to, concentrate and remember auditory and visual information
3. You will receive a detailed Assessment Report:
The report will consist of:
- A summary of the background information provided
- Testing observations
- Explanation and definition of the tests used
- Test results
- Interpretation of results and diagnosis (if applicable)
4. Recommendations and Verbal Feedback:
Recommendations are provided that are evidence-based and relevant to your needs, original goals and questions.