Children & Youth

Assessments

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We provide a range of assessment services to determine children’s learning strengths and needs – an important first step in understanding how best to help them. A comprehensive written report will be provided and discussed with you after the assessment, outlining the results and recommendations to help your child.

It is best to discuss your concerns with Learning Links to determine the best option for your child.

Our range of psychology assessments include:

Cognitive Assessment: Identifies a child’s potential for learning and their preferred learning style. Also known as an IQ or psychometric assessment.

Academic Assessment: Measures how a child is performing in a range of academic skill areas and how this compares with their peers and grade expectations.

Dyslexia Assessment: Identifies whether a child may present with a specific learning difficulty in the area of reading.

Dyscalculia Assessment: Identifies whether a child may present with a specific learning difficulty in the area of numeracy.

ADHD Assessment: Identifies whether a child may present with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and evaluate problem behaviour in children and adolescents.

Autism Assessment: This is play-based assessment tool that assists in the diagnosis of autism. It assesses children’s play, communication and social interaction. A structured interview is also completed with parents. This assessment is completed over 2 sessions.

Behavioural Assessment: Helps you understand the behaviours and emotions of children and adolescents e.g. aggression, anxiety, social skills, self-esteem etc.

Memory Assessment: Helps you understand strengths and weaknesses in your child’s memory including visual and verbal memory as well as short and long term memory.

Other assessments:

Speech and Language Assessment: A comprehensive review of a child’s communication skills including: – receptive and expressive language, pragmatic skills, articulation, phonological awareness, stuttering and voice.

Occupational Therapy Assessment: A comprehensive review of a child’s fine and gross motor skills, visual perception, hand preference, handwriting, scissor skills and sensory processing.

Special Provisions Assessments: For children completing their Higher School Certificate who are seeking suitable accommodations such as extended time or a reader or writer for exams. A report is provided that schools can submit to the Board of Studies for consideration.

After your child is assessed, the Learning Links professionals will make specific recommendations. Learning Links offers speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, educational support and psychological therapy services to support your child.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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, reduce the child’s stress and enrich their competence and well-being.

Assessments are conducted by trained psychologists or provisional psychologists who are experts at what they do. The psychologist evaluates the child’s strengths and weaknesses, then recommends strategies for parents and teachers to help the child progress.

During an assessment, the psychologist will:

  • Interview (talk with) the child and their parents to learn more about their early development, learning at school, strengths and weaknesses as well as their emotional and behavioural skills. In some cases, they may also talk to the child’s teacher/s or others who know the child well.
  • Observe the child during the evaluation and may gather information from teachers.
  • Have the child complete a standardised assessment. These tests have been taken by many people and will allow the child psychologist to compare your child’s results with those of others in order to assess a range of abilities. They want to know how the child functions in areas such as behaviour or movement (dexterity) and in subjects like reading, writing and maths.
  • If necessary, evaluate medical records, school records, other professional records to learn more about the child.

Depending on the type of assessment, the process takes up to 2-3 hours to complete and will sometimes involve more than one session. By putting all the information together, the psychologist comes to an understanding of where a child needs assistance and can develop strategies to help the child reach their full potential.

Assessment reports are completed within 2 weeks of the session, providing all the requested paperwork has been returned to the psychologist. In the event that the assessment report will take longer, you will be advised when booking.

When the testing is complete and the report has been written, the psychologist will go over the results with you over the phone and then mail the full assessment to you. Keep in mind that the outcomes do not reveal all of your child’s potential, abilities or skills. Rather, the evaluation is used as a way to learn about the child’s “present functioning level”, in their school and home environments, how they learn, and their strengths and weaknesses.

The psychologist will discuss what your child does well and offer suggestions to help them improve in 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 for ways you can help your child manage that specific concern or problem.

How to Access our Assessment Services

Locations: Assessments can be offered at our Learning Centres in Alexandria, Bella Vista, Gledswood Hills, Liverpool, Maroubra and Peakhurst.

Days of Operation:  Monday to Saturday

Call us on 1300 003 900 or click on the button below to enquire.