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

We do ADHD/ADD assessments for children (age 6+), adolescents and adults and these are carried out by a Clinical Psychologist.

For children (age 6+) & Adolescents:

A child has to be in primary education for minimum 18 months in order to be assessed for ADHD.  Children/Adolescents who have difficulties with attention, impulsivity or over-activity can experience problems in their academic development and have low self-esteem. The effects of such difficulties can be seen in how the person 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 person is receiving the appropriate academic, emotional and behavioural supports to address current problems and prevent the emergence of future issues.

We have a referral relationship with a Consultant Paediatrician who can prescribe medication (up to age 16) should this be necessary.

For Adults:

Adults who have difficulties with attention, impulsivity or over-activity can experience problems in their academic development and relationships or have low self-esteem. The effects of such difficulties can be seen in how the person 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 person is receiving the appropriate academic, emotional and behavioural supports to address current problems and prevent the emergence of future issues.

ASD ASSESSMENTS

We do ASD assessments for children (age 3+), adolescents and adults and these are carried out by Clinical Psychologists.

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.

For Children/Adolescents:

A child/adolescent 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.

The psychologist will carry out an initial consultation with parents regarding their child’s/adolescent’s developmental history and current areas of difficulty.  If an assessment is recommended and proceeds, the psychologist will meet the child/adolescent to carry out assessments of cognitive and social functioning.  There will also be a 2nd clinician in attendance at this assessment for observational purposes only.  A further detailed developmental interview will be conducted with parents.  Once the child’s/adolescent’s  primary needs have been identified, a full written report will be provided with clear recommendations as to how the child/adolescent can be best supported followed by a feedback session with parents.

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.

For Adults:

In order to assess ASD, the psychologist will carry out an initial consultation with the client (which can include input from parents or older siblings) regarding their developmental history and current areas of difficulty.  Following this, if an assessment is indicated,  the psychologist will meet the client again to carry out assessments of cognitive and social functioning.  Once the client’s primary needs have been identified, a full written report with clear recommendations as to how they can be best supported is provided and there will be a feedback session with the psychologist to discuss this report in detail.

COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT

We do Cogntive Assessments for children from age 7+.

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, a full written report with clear recommendations as to how their child can be best supported will be produced and there will be a feedback session with parents to go through the report in detail.

BEHAVIOURAL CONSULTATION

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.  

We offer a 1 hour parent consultation for children aged 1-10 years which is a tailored educational session  designed to address specific parenting questions, problems, or challenges. The overall purpose is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents.

The consultation focuses on positive parenting strategies that aim to improve parent-child relationships, create effective routines and promote social and emotional development. Topics for parent consultation work include but are not limited to: handling tantrums, separation anxiety, fears, sibling conflict, family transitions such as moving, loss, divorce, starting school, and preparing for and adjusting to a new sibling.

During the session parents will learn to understand behaviours in the context of their family and will gain concrete interventions to apply in their home. The overarching goal is to strengthen parent-child relationships, improve behavioural concerns, and provide families with thoughtful approaches to handle life transitions.

We do not provide Behavioural Assessments at this current time.

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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