Assessment

At Brain Therapy Centre we offer comprehensive psycho-educational assessments. These assessments provide an overview of a child’s learning profile and their cognitive abilities in order to assist with educational planning. They aim to provide a greater understanding of a child’s educational needs and any issues (intellectual, behavioural, social) that may be impacting upon them.

Assessments are often requested when a child is experiencing difficulties with learning to read or write, have problems grasping mathematics, are failing to complete schoolwork or seem to be underachieving at school or in examinations. They may have problems retaining what is learned, have difficulties comprehending information or undertaking problem solving. School avoidance, anxiety, behaviour problems, poor organisation and social difficulties can also prompt an assessment.

If a learning difficulty is present, the assessment will assist by exploring the nature of the child’s difficulty and recommending appropriate support or intervention. Vocational Assessment can also be incorporated for students in years ten and above to assist with career planning.

Prior to undertaking the assessment the psychologist will undertake an initial discussion with parents to gather important background information and discuss the goals for the assessment. It is suitable for assessments to be undertaken for pre-school, primary and secondary school aged students. Psycho-educational assessments are also available for adults.

During the assessment, the student is typically asked to undertake different problem solving activities and complete a series of literacy and numeracy tasks at their level of ability. The assessment is not presented as a ‘test’. The tools that are used are well established, reliable and objective and supported by research. The specific tests that are used vary depending on the age of the student and the aims for the assessment.

Psycho-educational assessments can:

  • Assess intellectual functioning (IQ).
  • Provide information about a child or adolescent’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Identify a specific learning disability in areas of literacy and numeracy.
  • Identify a learning disorder.
  • Identify gifted learners. Identify issues with attention and behaviour which are  contributing to learning issues or  underachievement.

Conditions We Treat

  • ADHD (Hyperactive and/or Inattentive)

    The value of neurofeedback as a non-medication treatment for ADHD is well documented. Read More >

  • Anxiety Disorders

    Anxiety is a term used to describe the physical sensations associated with the body's fight-or-flight response. These often include rapid heart-rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. Read More >

  • Depression

    Depression is a psychological condition characterised by low mood, poor motivation, low energy and loss of interest in enjoyable activities. Read More >

  • Addiction

    Addiction is characterised by compulsive seeking of rewarding stimuli, despite negative consequences. Addictions come in many forms, such as alcohol or drugs, gambling, food, and video gaming. Read More >

  • Post-Traumatic Stress

    Experiencing traumatic events can lead to changes in functioning. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by repeated, intrusive memories of traumatic events. Read More >

  • Chronic Pain

    Pain is a complex physical and emotional response to injury. There are a great number of factors that influence a person's experience of pain. Read More >

  • Headaches

    Headaches are the experience of pain in the head and neck. Headaches are among the most commonly experienced physical discomforts. Read More >

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia is a disorder affecting sleep. It can affect sleep onset, sleep maintenance or sleep quality. Read More >

  • Brain Injury

    Brain injury can cause a wide range of difficulties with functioning. Brain injuries can be caused by external events such as a blow to the head, or by internal events such as stroke. Read More >

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder affecting around 1.5% of the population. Children and adults with ASD experience difficulties with communication and social interactions, and often also experience sensory sensitivity and anxiety. Read More >

  • Improving Cognitive Performance

    Neurofeedback has been found to be effective in improving the cognitive functioning of children and adults. Read More >

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