ASSESSMENT & DIAGNOSIS
The assessment and diagnosis process consists of an initial appointment (90 minutes) at which time a plan will be developed outlining the assessment approach. This may consist of a further 1-3 sessions in order to gather all psychological testing and information, it may involve a school visit. A final session is then scheduled to discuss the results and recommendations for further intervention if required.
You do not require a referral from a Pediatrician or General Practitioner (GP) to attend seeChange. Having a referral, however, may entitle you to a Medicare rebate, which assists with the costs of the assessment. If you are awaiting an appointment with your child’s Pediatrician, we can commence the diagnostic process.
Assessments are conducted for individuals from the age of 3 years.
Information gathered during initial appointments and assessments will be supplemented by a number of questionnaires, structured-interviews and observation scales. These are used to assess an individual’s unique profile across numerous domains – including: learning, behaviour, emotional understanding, theory of mind (perspective taking), communication skills (verbal/non-verbal), social skills, current mood and anxiety, and sensory profile. Depending on individual case formulations a number of the following areas may be assessed;
- Cognitive testing including: school-readiness assessments; IQ; learning problems; Giftedness; Behaviour; Adaptive Functioning
- Childhood and teenage depression
- Anxiety (including social anxiety, separation anxiety, obsessive and compulsive behaviours, traumatic stress and phobias)
- Low self-esteem
- Adjustment difficulties (including divorce or other family problems)
- Bullying at school
- Parenting strategies
- Child or teenage behaviour problems
- Assessment and development of tailored learning programs
All assessments include a full psychometric report including recommendations.