A psychological assessment evaluates thinking, learning and behaviour. The assessment may include interviews, observation, testing and consultation with other professionals involved in your child’s care. Testing includes pencil and paper tasks, puzzles, drawing, and games. The assessment covers many skill areas, such as general intellectual level, language, memory and learning, problem solving, planning and organization, fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, and academic skills (reading, math, spelling and writing). It also includes an examination of behaviour and emotions.
These assessments are an important tool to assist children and their parents when a child may be struggling at school and performing below what they may be capable of. An assessment will be able to assess if a child may have any learning difficulties or educational difficulties. The emotional component will be able to see if there are any emoFind out more
IEB and GDE concession/ accommodation assessments
This is needed for Grade 11 students when they may require certain concessions and accommodations. However, this can be applied for from the Grade 8 year. This is required when a student is suspected to require extra time, a spelling concession or a scribe etc especially for their Grade 12 exams.Find out more
School readiness assessments
This is often a required assessment by prospective primary schools. This is for children who are in Grade R and are going to be going to Grade 1 the following year. It helps to assess if there are any developmental delays or areas that may need to be worked on in order to children to cope in the Grade 1 year. This assessment will involve simiFind out more
Career guidance assessments
Grade 10, 11 or Grade 12 students who are unsure of which career path to go down and want a better understanding of what to study next may require a Career Guidance assessment. Cara often involves a cognitive component with the personality and interests tests to get a better understanding of the student’s ability level.Find out more
Dyslexia Screening Assessment
The use of specialised screening tools (tests) to help assess if your child has any signs of dyslexia. These screening tools are also often combined with a cognitive and educational assessment.Find out more
Why have an assessment?
A psychological assessment is helpful in identifying your child’s strengths and weaknesses and will lead to recommendations for both academic and behavioural intervention. By detecting problems, an assessment can be used to assist in planning your child’s school program, to identify needs for special services in school, and to help you access resources in your community.