Assessments

The purpose of an assessment is to identify what specific areas a child requires specialised support in. It is an important part of understanding your child and their needs. Assessments may include interviews with parents and other stakeholders, observations of your child, meeting your child and asking them questions, playing and completing specific tasks with your child, consulting with your child’s school and/or completing questionnaires about your child.

Psychology Assessments

Assessment

Academic assessments are conducted using the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), typically in conjunction with a cognitive assessment. These assessments identify areas of academic strength or difficulty in school age children and also assist with diagnosis of specific learning disorders.

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Assessment

Youthrive provides comprehensive DSM-5 ADHD assessments. These assessments are conducted by a psychologist and consist of a parent/caregiver interview, observation of the child at school or day care and administration of the Conner 3 ADHD ratings scales. A cognitive assessment is often also administered as part of this comprehensive assessment.

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Assessment

Youthrive provides comprehensive DSM-5 Autism assessments in conjunction with your paediatrician or psychiatrist. These assessments are conducted by a multidisciplinary team and consist of a parent/caregiver interview, observation of the child at school or day care and administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the gold standard tool in autism assessment.

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Assessment

Cognitive assessments can be provided for children aged from 2 ½ to 17 years of age. These cognitive, or IQ tests, provide an indication of ability in areas such as language and comprehension, practical reasoning, processing speed and working memory, as well as an overall cognitive ability score. They assist with identifying any cognitive impairments, including Intellectual disability and also help with determining a child’s specific cognitive strengths and difficulties.

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Speech Pathology Assessments

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Youthrive uses a range of informal and standardised assessments to assist with identifying articulation and phonological delays.

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Informal assessments such as play-based observations and check-lists may be used. Standardised assessments include:

The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals – A comprehensive assessment of a student’s language skills. This assessment determines the presence or absence of a language disorder, the nature of the disorder and strengths and weaknesses in a student’s language development. This assessment is valid for children 5 years of age to adults 21 years of age.

The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals Preschool – Evaluates aspects of language necessary for preschool children to make the transition to the classroom. This assessment measures a broad range of expressive and receptive language skills and identifies the presence or absence of a language disorder. This assessment is valid for children 3 to 6 years of age.

The Preschool Language Scales – A comprehensive play-based developmental language assessment for children birth to 7 years 11 months.

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These assessments give an overview of the child’s phonological and phonemic awareness skills required for literacy development.

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These assessments review the way a child uses language within social situations.

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Occupational Therapy Assessments

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As each child’s sensory preferences and needs are ever changing, Occupational Therapists can assess these needs using the Sensory Processing Measure and the Sensory Profile. Both assessments, will contribute to understanding the impact of the environment on your child’s engagement in what they want or need to do.

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Children are required to attend school, and there are various challenges that may have an impact on your child’s success. An Occupational Therapist can assess the motor skills required to sit at the table and hold a pencil, the ability to read from the board and the skills required to remain alert. Common assessments used to measure visual motor integration (skill used to read, trace and letter formation memory) is the Beery VMI or the Test of Visual Perceptual skills. This can be used in conjunction with the Shore Handwriting Screen.

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Child development refers to the sequence of physical, language, thought and emotional changes that occur in a child from birth to the beginning of adulthood. Child development can be actively enhanced through targeted therapeutic intervention during Occupational therapy and Speech Therapy. Common assessments used include Miller Functional and participation Scales, Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, and the Peabody development of motor scales. These assessments can be used from birth to 18 years.

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