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Psychoeducational Learning Assessments for Children and Teens in Adelaide

Psychoeducation Learning Assessments for Children and Teens

Cognitive/Psycho-Educational Assessment Package

A cognitive or psycho-educational assessment is performed by a psychologist extensively trained in psychological assessment, and provides information regarding a child’s intellectual cognitive functioning (IQ), and their academic ability (achievement). A child’s current academic performance score is compared to their overall cognitive functioning (IQ) score and then any discrepancy indicates whether or not a Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) (previously known as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia) or Academic Giftedness may be present. It can also identify whether an Intellectual Disability is present or not. This can provide very useful information and strategies for families, schools and particularly for the class and specialist teachers and health service providers to use to improve the child’s academic performance.

Assessments used for a Psycho-Educational Assessment Package

For children aged 4 – 7 years old;

The Stanford Binet Early – Fifth Edition – SB-5

The SB-5 is an innovative measure of cognitive development for pre-schoolers and young children that’s rooted in contemporary theory and research. This edition also places a strong emphasis on child-friendly, developmentally appropriate features, and includes new processing speed tasks, the addition of working memory subtests and an expanded factor structure. These extensive enhancements are targeted to benefit both children and examiners.

For children aged 6 – 16 years;

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V). 

The WISC-V is the gold standard assessment tool designed to measure a child’s cognitive/intellectual ability for children aged 6 years 0 months through to 16 years 11 months.  The WISC-V provides subtest and composite scores that represent intellectual functioning in specific cognitive domains, as well as a composite score that represents the general intellectual ability. The WISC-V is composed of 16 subtests; Subtests can be grouped into two general categories: primary or secondary.

For children aged 4* – 16 years old;

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition (WIAT-III)

The WIAT-III A&NZ is recognised as the gold-standard, standardised academic achievement test suitable for use in a variety of clinical, educational, and research settings, including schools, clinics and private practices. The WIAT-III aims to Identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student for the ability to Inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services, educational placement, or diagnosis of a specific learning disability. It is also useful for designing instructional objectives and plan interventions.

The Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children 2nd Edition (MASC-2)

The Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children 2nd Edition (MASC 2™) is a comprehensive assessment of anxiety dimensions in children and adolescents aged 8 to 19 years. The MASC 2 indexes the range and severity of anxiety symptoms, and can be a useful adjunct to the diagnosis of anxiety disorders. When combined with other valid sources of information, the MASC 2 can aid in the early identification of anxiety-prone youth, as well as in monitoring treatment effects

Suitability

Psycho-educational assessment is suitable for children aged 6 to 16 years old and will identify strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:

  • Verbal comprehension
  • Visual/non-verbal intellectual ability
  • Memory and learning
  • Attention and information processing.
  • Higher-level/ executive functioning (such as problem-solving, planning, reasoning, impulse control and organisation).
  • Academic ability (in areas such as reading, comprehension, writing, mathematics, and oral expression)

 

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