What happens during the assessment process
An assessment package at Joyce Vromen Psychology generally consists of the following:
- an intake session (generally parents only)
- two assessment sessions with the child or adolescent
- one feedback session (generally with the parents only)
- An assessment report
- A letter for the child’s paediatrician or school with a summary of the findings.
- several hours of assessment scoring and report preparation
Psychologists often undertake psychological testing of individuals, groups or organisations that can provide valuable information about their perceptions, thoughts and feelings, or their cognitive functioning such as attention, memory, and learning.
Testing is a formal process using validated and reliable measures of aspects of an individual’s psychological or cognitive functioning. It might include paper and pencil tests like questionnaires and surveys, or the completion of set puzzle-like activities that evaluate certain skills such as planning, memory or problem-solving.
Psychological testing can answer a broad range of questions. For example, a prospective employer may have a psychologist test candidates as part of the employment recruitment process to determine what skills they have in a particular area. A psychologist may help test an individual to judge whether they are competent to manage their own affairs responsibly.
Psychologists often assess children with special learning needs, people with brain injuries, or older adults experiencing problems with declining memory so that they, and others around them better understand their needs.
Australian Psychological Society (https://psychology.org.au/for-the-public/about-psychology/what-does-a-psychologist-do/psychological-tests-and-testing)
The most common assessments we conduct are neuro-developmental and cognitive assessments. Neuro-developmental assessments provide information about how a child has been growing and developing over time and whether they meet criteria for a diagnosis of for example Autism spectrum disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Cognitive assessments provide information about cognitive functioning. Cognition is a combination of processes in your brain that’s involved in almost every aspect of your life. It includes thinking, memory, language, judgment, and the ability to learn new things. A problem with cognition is called cognitive impairment, whilst higher than usual cognitive functioning can sometimes be called giftedness.