We offer a range of assessments to help identify children’s strengths and needs and give families the knowledge and confidence to put the right supports in place at home and in their learning setting.
We know how daunting it can be when your child is struggling but you aren’t sure why or how to help. An assessment can be an important first step in understanding their needs and finding the right supports.
Learning Links’ psychologists and speech pathologists provide a wide range of high-quality assessments at our learning centres across Sydney, and in schools, to diagnose and evaluate children’s learning, social and wellbeing needs. By evaluating and understanding where a child has challenges, we can provide tailored recommendations, interventions and therapies, positive coping strategies, reduce the child’s stress and enrich their competence and wellbeing.
We understand that every child is different with their own strengths and challenges. That’s why it’s best to discuss your concerns with our team so we can determine the most suitable assessment option for your child.
After every assessment, a comprehensive written report will be provided and discussed with you within four weeks, outlining the results and recommendations to best help your child. You can share results and recommendations with your child’s teachers and other professionals so that appropriate strategies can be used to support your child to reach their goals and thrive.
A cognitive assessment, also known as an IQ test or psychometric assessment, helps to identify a child’s potential for learning and their preferred learning style. Cognitive assessments help psychologists to determine a child’s strengths and weaknesses in several cognitive skill areas including verbal comprehension, visuospatial skills, fluid reasoning, working memory and processing speed.
Cognitive assessments can be performed to help with the following:
Learning Links’ psychologists use a range of assessment tools to evaluate a child’s strengths and needs. The most common tools used in cognitive assessments include:
*A refundable 50% deposit is required to secure an assessment booking, however this may be reduced to assist families who are facing financial pressures. Please speak to our Intake team to discuss your situation and our booking policy in more detail.
An educational assessment, also known as an academic assessment, measures how a child is performing in a range of academic skill areas and how this compares with their peers and age expectations.
Educational assessments help psychologists to identify a child’s strengths and skill levels in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics and written expression.
Educational assessments can be conducted to help with the following:
Learning Links’ psychologists use a range of assessment tools to evaluate a child’s strengths and needs. The most common tools used in educational assessments include:
A behavioural assessment involves a combination of parent and teacher interviews, observations, questionnaires and use of different assessment tools. The comprehensive assessment helps you understand the behaviours and emotions of children and adolescents e.g. aggression, anxiety, social skills, self-esteem etc.
Behavioural assessments can be conducted to help with the following:
Learning Links’ psychologists use a range of assessment tools to evaluate a child’s behaviours. The most common tools used in behavioural assessments include:
An ADHD assessment is a comprehensive evaluation using multiple testing tools and observation methods to identify whether your child may present with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The ADHD assessment involves interviews, observation, cognitive assessment, and feedback from teachers, carers and others who regularly interact with your child. ADHD assessments aim to evaluate challenging behaviour in children and adolescents, particularly in the areas of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Learning Links’ psychologists analyse the results to determine whether a child’s behaviour meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR).
The diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) requires a comprehensive psychological assessment using a range of observation and interview methods and assessment tools. The autism assessment takes place over two sessions. One session is a structured interview with the parent or carer and the other is a play-based observation of the child.
A cognitive assessment may also need to be completed if one has not been completed recently or you require an understanding of ASD level as part of your child’s diagnosis. This is an additional fee of $800.
Autism assessments can help with:
Learning Links’ psychologists use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), an accredited play-based autism assessment tool, to observe children’s play, communication and social interaction. We also use the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) to conduct the parent interview.
A diagnosis of Dyscalculia requires a combination of psychological assessments to determine if a child’s difficulties are primarily in the area of mathematics. A comprehensive Dyscalculia assessment involves both a cognitive and educational assessment to evaluate a child’s strengths and weaknesses across all cognitive and academic areas as well as interviews with family members.
Please note, to undertake a Dyscalculia assessment, it is a prerequisite that your child has received targeted intervention for their maths difficulties, such as an in-school numeracy program or out-of-school tutoring, and that their difficulties have been present for at least six months.
A Dyslexia assessment includes a combination of cognitive and educational assessments and interviews. This comprehensive assessment evaluates a child’s strengths and weaknesses across all cognitive and academic areas to identify if a child’s difficulties are primarily in the areas of reading and spelling.
Please note, to undertake a Dyslexia assessment, it is a prerequisite that your child has received targeted intervention for their reading difficulties, such as an in-school literacy program or out-of-school tutoring, and that their difficulties have been present for at least six months.
A speech and language screener is a short assessment that offers a quick and effective way of identifying whether a child’s communication development is on track or if they may need additional support. Screeners are suitable for children aged 4-6 years
During the assessment your child will be asked to complete a few different activities depending on the areas of concern.
After completing the screener, you will be provided with feedback on the spot or the following day along with a one-page report. If your child needs additional support with their speech and language development, you will be referred for further assessment or a block of speech therapy.
Free speech and language screeners are subject to availability. At times, our speech pathologists may be able to arrange a visit to an early childhood centre or service to assess a group of children.
A speech and language assessment involves a combination of interviews, observations and activities to evaluate a child’s communication and play skills.
Our speech pathologists collect speech and language samples through activities to:
Our standard assessment is suitable for:
Our speech pathologists may use tools such as the Receptive-Expressive Emergent Language (REEL) interview tool as part of the assessment.
An extended communication assessment involves a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s speech and language skills, developmental history, interviews, observation and standardised testing.
Our speech pathologists use play-based activities, pictures and reading to:
Our extended assessment is suitable for:
Our speech pathologists use standardised assessment tools to evaluate your child’s communication development, including:
Schools, general practitioners and paediatricians often refer children and adolescents to Learning Links for assessments to help identify their needs. If you’re working with a child who may need further assessment, submit our referral form and our friendly team will be in touch to discuss the best option.
Please note, parent consent is required to submit a referral.
Children can be referred for a psychology assessment for a variety of reasons. Among other things, they may be struggling academically, have attention or behaviour problems at home or in school, be depressed or anxious or have a learning disorder. Often when kids are struggling in school or seem to be behind their peers developmentally, a teacher or a counsellor will suggest the child undergo a psychological assessment.
By evaluating and understanding where the child has challenges, psychologists can provide positive coping strategies and strategies to reduce the child’s stress and enrich their competence and wellbeing.
During an assessment, our psychologists will:
By putting all this information together, our psychologists can identify where your child needs support and can develop strategies and recommendations to help your child reach their full potential.
Once the assessment is complete and the report has been finalised, our professionals will discuss the results with you over the phone and then mail the full assessment to you.
The outcomes of the assessment help to determine your child’s “present functioning level”, in their school and home environments, how they learn and their strengths and weaknesses. They do not reveal all of your child’s potential, abilities or skills.
Our psychologists work with you to identify opportunities for your child to improve in the areas that need to be addressed. If your child is diagnosed with a learning disability or a behavioural or emotional issue, recommendations will be made on how you can best help your child manage their specific concerns.
Assessment reports are completed within 4 weeks of the session, provided all the required paperwork has been completed and returned to the psychologist. In the event that a report is expected to take longer, you will be advised when booking.
We work closely with children and families to truly understand your unique situation and offer personalised and evidence-based therapies to support positive change.
We use fun and interactive strategies to meaningfully engage your child to build their speech, language and literacy skills, and the confidence to communicate and interact with others.
Our fun and engaging group social skills programs empower children who find it difficult to have conversations and build meaningful relationships with others to build new skills and confidence.
Our tutoring program is tailored to the individual needs and learning style of your child, so we can focus on filling the gaps in their learning to help them build skills, motivation and confidence.