Assessment information helps you and your child's team understand needs and identify developmental delay, disability or mental health difficulties. Assessments ensure therapists, teachers and parents are able to target those specific needs and gaps with their intervention support.
There are many types of assessments and your mental health practitioner or therapist will discuss how they plan to assess your child/teen's needs.
Costs vary but are generally based on the type of assessment and the time required to complete assessments and reports. We individualise all assessment decisions to meet the needs of our clients. Please enquire directly with your clinic and therapist regarding costs.
Assessments may include interviews with you and other key people in your child's life, observations of your child, spending time with your child and getting to know them, and perhaps completing formal checklists or other assessments such as cognitive or learning assessments.
Psychologists offer a range of assessments for many areas of concern. Behaviour, mental health, learning difficulties, general ability and cognition, personality and executive functioning are among the more commonly requested assessments. We have a variety of assessments available but the commonly requested assessments include those listed below.
Autism Diagnostic Obs. Schedule (ADOS)
ASD assessments and recommendations (ADOS-2, ADI-R, ASRS, School Observation)
Attention, Executive Functioning, Hyperactivity and ADHD assessments (Conners Scales, Brief, CEFI etc)
Test of Variable Attention TOVA
Cognition and Learning Assessments
Cognitive testing e.g. WAIS IV, WISC IV, WPPSI III,
Learning assessments e.g. WIAT, KTEA
Mental Health Assesments
Mental Health assessments and recommendations
Assessments in this area are varied and mostly range from observation checklists to self-report questionnaires and standardised checklists
If you are looking for a diagnosis of Learning difficulties, Dyslexia, Intellectual disability, ADHD/Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ASD/Autism, our diagnostic clinicians generally complete a 'package' of formal and informal assessments in order to make clear decisions about diagnoses. It is very important to ensure that other reasons for your child's behaviour/ presentation are ruled out prior to making a formal, lifelong diagnosis. At All About Kids we are committed to supporting our clients through the diagnostic process and clarifying any diagnosis and the support and intervention following identification of a psychological disorder.
|Occupational Therapy Assessments|
As Occupational therapy assesses a children's functioning across all occupations or ‘activities of daily living’, assessments can cover quite broad areas of development and skill level. Typically, these assessments are one on one with your child and parent/teacher questionnaires. Your OT will interview you to understand your child's needs including developmental history, current progress and immediate concerns. They use assessments to identify your child's development and set a baseline to measure future progress.
All About Kids Occupational Therapy currently offers the following assessment services;
Preschool/Kindergarten/Prep Screeners for School Readiness
Comprehensive Fine and Gross Motor Assessments
Handwriting Assessments and School Provisions Assessments
Sensory Processing, Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation Assessments
Executive Functioning Assessment
Adaptive Behaviour Assessments
Note that these assessments depend on therapist location and availability, please call to discuss with administration or with your Occupational Therapist if you have any queries regarding applicability to your child/adolescent. Basic assessments costs are included in your initial visit, further charges may apply if a large battery of assessments are completed. Depending on your goals and your child's needs, additional assessments may be completed over subsequent appointments and incur additional fees. Your therapist will discuss this with you if this occurs.
|Speech Language Pathology Assessments|
Speech pathology assessments focus on communication and literacy development. Your therapist may discuss your child's immediate needs and seek to understand their developmental history particularly in the ways your child communicates with you and other people.
All About Kids offers a range of assessments which will help to diagnose and work out the best way to support your child/family. For example:
Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation, Third Edition (GFTA-3)
The Articulation Survey
Oral Motor Exam
Language Assessments (including receptive and expressive language)
Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, Fifth Edition (CELF-5)
Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals – Preschool, Second Edition (CELF-P2) à CELF-P3 coming soon!
Preschool Language Scales, Fifth Edition (PLS-5)
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fifth Edition (PPVT-5)
The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale
Pragmatic (Social) Language Assessments
Talkabout Social Skills Assessment
Assessment of Reading and Writing Skills
Foundations of Early Literacy Assessment (FELA)
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition (KTEA-3)
Various Tests from Macquarie Online Test Interface (MOTIf)
Chewing and Swallowing Assessments
Assessment costs are generally included in your initial visit, however, there are times additional assessments may be needed. Some of these assessments may incur additional costs and will be discussed if needed.
Your Education Specialist will interview you to understand your child's needs including developmental history, current progress and immediate concerns. They generally use your existing reports including therapist and education reports and information alongside you and your child's goals to understand needs and provide support which assists your child's progress and success within the home and school setting.
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