Assessments

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ASSESSMENTS

Arduna provides several types of assessments and these are carried out by qualified psychologists.  These assessments are:

ADHD / ADD ASSESSMENTS

Children, adolescents and adults who have difficulties with attention, impulsivity or over-activity can experience problems in their academic development, relationships with parents and peers, or low self-esteem. The effects of such difficulties can be seen in how the young person or adult thinks, feels, behaves and relates to others. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the name given to pervasive problems of attention, which may or may not, included additional difficulties in impulsivity or over-activity. It is important to recognise these difficulties in order to ensure that the child or adult is receiving the appropriate academic, emotional and behavioural supports to address current problems and prevent the emergence of future issues.

For Children/Adolescents:

In order to assess attention and activity problems, the psychologist will carry out an interview where parents will be asked about their child and to fill out a detailed questionnaire. Following this, the psychologist will meet with the child to carry out a number of detailed tests in a supportive and child-friendly atmosphere. Additionally, the psychologist will ask that the child’s teacher complete a detailed questionnaire, to give a complete picture of the child’s behaviour and social interactions at home and at school. Once the child’s primary needs have been identified, parents and child will be invited to return to receive a full written report during a detailed feedback session with the psychologist, with clear recommendations as to how their child can be best supported.

Aims of the Assessment for Children/Adolescents:

  • Understand your child/adolescent’s intellectual ability.
  • Discover any barriers to learning for your child/adolescent and how these can be     addressed.
  • Gain an understanding of what underlies your child/adolescent’s attention difficulties.
  • Develop a plan to best support you and your child/adolescent in meeting their academic, emotional and behavioural needs.
  • Identify any additional supports for your child/adolescent into the future.

For Adults:

We also provide ADHD assessments for adults.  Upon enquiry, details will be taken and you will then be contacted by one of our assessors to discuss your exact requirements and to discuss the process for assessment.

AUTISM ASSESSMENT

A child who has difficulty communicating and forming relationships with people around them may benefit from being assessed for autism.  Other common features include sensitivity to noise or crowded places, repetitive play or lack of imaginative play, limited eye contact, frequent tantrums of behavioural outbursts and difficulty interpreting social cues.

Autism is described as a “spectrum disorder”. This means that the symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations and can range from mild to severe. Two people with the same diagnosis can act very differently from one another and have varying skills. Autism Spectrum Disorder is also referred to as ASD.

In order to assess ASD, the psychologist will carry out a detailed interview with parents regarding their child’s developmental history and current areas of difficulty.  If the child attends school or pre-school, the psychologist may want to see the child in this setting and may speak to the child’s teacher.  Following this, the psychologist will meet the child on two separate occasions to carry out assessments of cognitive and social functioning.  Once the child’s primary needs have been identified, parents and child will be invited to return to receive a full written report during a detailed feedback session with the psychologist, with clear recommendations as to how their child can be best supported.

Aims of the Assessment for Children/Adolescents:

  • Understand your child/adolescent’s intellectual ability and any relative strengths of weaknesses.
  •  Gain an understanding of what underlies your child/adolescent’s social difficulties.
  •  Identify any additional supports for your child/adolescent into the future, such as school resources or clinical supports.

COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT

Where a child is showing difficulty in learning or developing other skills, a cognitive assessment may help to clarify whether the child has an underlying intellectual disability.  A cognitive assessment will also show where the child’s individual cognitive strengths and weakness lie.  A cognitive assessment involves a single session with the psychologist where a number of different tests are administered in a supportive and child-friendly atmosphere.  On completion of the assessment, parents and child will be invited to return to receive a full written report during a detailed feedback session with the psychologist, with clear recommendations as to how their child can be best supported.

BEHAVIOURAL ASSESSMENT

All children go through phases of pushing boundaries and asserting their independence.  This often appears as behavioural outbursts or other difficulties.  However, at times such behavioural problems may be a sign of an underlying difficulty.  A behavioural assessment may benefit parents who are concerned about a particular behaviour.  A behavioural assessment involves a detailed interview between the psychologist and the parents.  The psychologist may ask the parents to complete some questionnaires and may wish to see the child in a familiar environment, such as at home or in school.  If the behaviour is one that happens a lot in school, then the psychologist may want to speak to the child’s teacher also.  On completion of the assessment, parents and child will be invited to return to receive a full written report during a detailed feedback session with the psychologist, with clear recommendations as to how their child can be best supported.  

EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

For information on Educational Assessments please click here

Contact us now in confidence at Arduna @ (01) 833 2733 to discuss making an appointment .

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