Psychometric assessments can be used to measure a child’s intellectual and academic functioning, by identifying their cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The selection of test/s varies depending on the child’s age and purpose for testing. There are several reasons why a teacher or other professional may suggest psychometric testing for your child.
Psychometric testing can provide valuable information, for example:
Please note, that screening and diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is NOT offered by psychologists at MyMind Psychology.
The purpose of the initial interview is to obtain background information on your child’s cognitive, social, family, and emotional history, understand current concerns and to develop an assessment plan (i.e. which tests are to be completed). Please bring copies of any recent reports to this first session (e.g. School reports, speech therapy reports, occupational therapy reports, and hearing and vision reports). If the assessment is for a child this is a great opportunity for them to meet with the examiner and become comfortable in the environment.
For optimal results, the test is administered on a different day to the intake, and usually in the mornings to minimise fatigue and optimise concentration. We recommend having a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast prior to assessment sessions.
On the day of the assessment please bring any documentation (e.g. checklists or copies of reports) requested by the psychologist during the initial interview. In the event that your child is sick on the assessment day it is highly advisable to reschedule the assessment to a day when they are feeling better in order to get the most reliable and accurate results. The actual duration varies depending on how many tests are required, the child’s working speed, age, and attention span, but often take between 1 and 2 hours per test administered. Assessment sessions are completed individually in a quiet room, free from distractions. Breaks are provided, and you are encouraged to bring a drink and snack for your child. Parents who accompany their child for assessment are welcome to wait in the waiting room or return at a specified time (just leave a mobile number with reception). It is often necessary to complete several assessment measures, and these may be scheduled over several weeks.
After the assessments have been completed, the tests are scored and results are compiled, reviewed and interpreted by the psychologist who will then prepare a comprehensive written report for you.
A feedback session (for parents) will be offered during which the psychologist will explain the results and answer any questions you have. Recommendations, strategies and treatment planning will also be discussed, and copies of the report provided, once all payments have been finalised.
It is important to note that further assessments (and referrals) may be recommended based on the results of the completed assessments. Your psychologist will let you know if this necessary.
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