Assessments

Embrace Wellness Hub Psychologists are experienced in providing cognitive assessments and achievement tests for children and adults. These assessments are typically used to identify learning strengths and weaknesses and evaluate whether a detectible learning difference exists. Embrace offers cognitive and achievement assessments for both children and adults.

The key benefits of undergoing a cognitive assessment and an achievement assessment in children and youth in particular, may include:

  • Identification of Intellectual Impairment

  • Early identification of reading and learning difficulties

  • Early identification of specific learning disabilities

  • Understanding of an individual’s learning profile/ learning patterns

  • Identification of gifted children

  • Can provide recommendations to schools and education institutions to guide allowances and modifications to the curriculum to develop individual learning plans and to ultimately support the child’s learning and achievement

  • The ability to determine learning processes, which include both strengths and weaknesses and the impact that they might have on individual academic performance

To enquire further or to book an assessment, please contact us on (07) 3906 8888 or email info@embracewellness.com.au. We will provide you with an assessment intake form that will help us to gather crucial information about your/your child’s history and development. We will then contact you with any questions and discuss assessment options.

Cognitive Assessments

A cognitive assessment is an individually administered intelligence test that is designed to measure general cognitive ability (IQ) and to provide a profile of individual strengths and weaknesses in cognitive functioning. Our Psychologists are highly trained in the administration and scoring of intelligence tests and in providing comprehensive reports.

For Children 6 years - 16 years, 11 months: WISC-V

Suspect your child has an intellectual deficit or is gifted? Or perhaps a school teacher or guidance officer has noticed some strengths and weaknesses in your child’s cognition or learning style. A cognitive assessment can determine if any of these are the case. It can also be used to identify deficits in executive functioning, attention, memory, concentration and motivation.

 

When interpreted alongside the child’s background information, including parent and teacher reports, the results of cognitive assessments can provide information about your child which can assist to develop individualised learning plans and support them to reach their full potential.

 

To assess the cognitive ability of children between the ages of 6 years through to 16 years 11 months, we use the WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 5th edition).

WISC-V Assessment Breakdown:

  • 1 hour parent interview to gather background information about the child and their development;

  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with WISC-V, conducted on iPads, which may be done over 2 sessions;

  • Detailed assessment report of findings with behavioural and educational recommendations specific to the child;

  • Feedback session if required (with guidance counsellor or parent)

For Adults 16 years - 90 years, 11 months: WAIS-IV

To assess the cognitive ability of adults between the ages of 16 years through to 90 years and 11 months, we use the WAIS-IV (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th edition). The WAIS-IV is an advanced measure of cognitive ability in adults and older adolescents. It measures verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory and processing speed.

 

It can also be used for a number of other reasons, such as:

  • Predicting academic achievement

  • Predicting work performance

  • Helping to diagnose intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Assessing how the brain is functioning after an injury, as differences in verbal and nonverbal intelligence may indicate damage to specific parts of the brain

WAIS-IV Assessment Breakdown:

  • 1 hour interview to gather background information;

  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with WAIS-IV, conducted on iPads;

  • Detailed assessment report of findings with specific recommendations;

  • Feedback session if required

Achievement Tests

An achievement test is an individually administered assessment that is designed to measure an individual’s academic skills and problem-solving abilities. An achievement assessment is recommended when there is a suspected learning difficulty or specific learning disability.

For clients 4 years - 50 years: WIAT-III

An achievement test assesses strengths and weaknesses in the main areas of school-based learning including reading, writing, mathematics and oral language. If a person’s achievement score is below that predicted based on their cognitive ability score, this is indicative of a potential learning disorder in that area.

To assess the academic skills and problem-solving abilities of children and adults between the ages of 4 years through to 50 years 11 months, we use the WIAT-III (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, 3rd edition.)

WIAT-III Assessment Breakdown:

  • 1 hour interview to gather background information;

  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with WAIS-IV, conducted on iPads;

  • Detailed assessment report of findings with specific recommendations;

  • Feedback session if required

Full Educational Assessment

A full Educational Assessment involves conducting an initial cognitive assessment (WISC-V or WAIS-IV as described above) to identify a person’s cognitive ability/potential, followed by conducting an achievement test (WIAT-III). The achievement test investigates whether or not the person is able to complete tasks to the level we would expect, given their cognitive potential. If the predicted score is much higher than the actual score in an achievement area, there is often a problem associated with these skills, which then can lead to the identification of specific learning disabilities or difficulties in a certain area. Educational assessments are most commonly administered with children.

For clients 6 years - 50 years: WIAT-III and either WISC-V or WAIS-IV

For an educational assessment for a child, the WISC-V is completed in addition to the WIAT-III. For an educational assessment for an older adolescent or adult, the WAIS-IV is completed in addition to the WIAT-III.

 

Both assessments usually take 90-120 mins each to complete, depending on the person’s age and ability.

Educational Assessment Breakdown:

  • 1 hour interview to gather background information about the person and their development;

  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with WISC-V or WAIS-IV (may need to be done over 2 separate occasions);

  • Approx. 2 hours of testing with WIAT-III;

  • Detailed assessment report of findings with behavioural and educational recommendations;

  • Up to 1 hour feedback session if required

Reports and Feedback

Following any assessment, your Embrace Psychologist will provide a comprehensive report explaining all tests used and all results, along with a comprehensive summary and list of recommendations for home, place of learning and/or work.

A 30 minute to 1 hour feedback session is then held with the client or parent/s to explain the results, go through the report and answer any additional questions. This session can also be used for planning of any further assessment or intervention that an individual may need or a parent may want to engage their child in.

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218 Manly Road

Manly, QLD 4179
 

Postal Address:

PO Box 5157

Manly, QLD 4179

Phone: (07) 3906 8888

Email: info@embracewellness.com.au

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Please note that Embrace is not an emergency response service and only provides psychological support to clients during scheduled consultations. If you need immediate assistance outside of business hours or on the weekend, please contact one of the services found here.

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