Northside Psychology is proud to provide assessments. We are able to provide neuropsychological, educational and cognitive assessments. These assessments are available for individuals aged 3 and up. You don’t need a referral for an assessment at Northside Psychology (but it is helpful information to share if you already have one).
What are assessments for?
During your initial session with a psychologist, the goals, concerns and challenges you discuss will guide the development of a personalised assessment process. Everyone has different reasons for seeking an assessment, and our psychologist works with you to identify these and tailor the process accordingly.
Assessments may be designed to answer a number of questions or meet certain goals. For some assessments the goal is to achieve a diagnosis, a foundation from which future structures and supports can be built. For almost every assessment, it’s about finding out more about how your brain works. Understanding the way things work for you can make work, home and life easier.
What assessments do you offer?
Are you experiencing cognitive deficits following a head injury or wondering if your loved one’s memory is declining? Have you noticed differences in your ability to focus, write or read, compared to your colleagues? Curious if you may have adult AD(H)D? A Neuropsychological Assessment can help identify whether these signs are due to brain injury, dementia, learning disorders or other issues such as stress or illness. Most importantly, an assessment can help you develop effective strategies to cope with your everyday activities.
Adult Neuropsychological Services at Northside Psychology
We offer a comprehensive range of psychometric tests evaluating memory and learning, attention, reading, writing, spelling and behavioural assessment for adult AD(H)D. We welcome referrals for Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Assessments after chronic illness and major neurosurgery.
What does a Neuropsychological Assessment entail?
A Neuropsychological Assessment involves doing a range of memory, attention and learning tests administered by our psychologists either on an iPad or on paper. You may be asked to self-report on your ability to work, study and do daily activities, such as house work. There are no physical examinations with our Neuropsychological Assessments.
After your assessment psychologist will score your tests and compare them to scores typically observed in people of the same age and gender. This will provide an objective understanding of your cognitive strengths and difficulties. You will be given a written report of the findings and recommendations.
Why is it helpful?
A Neuropsychological Assessment can provide insight into the cause and severity of memory and attention difficulties. Based on these results you can generate a plan with the psychologist to help manage your work and daily activities. For older adults this can be helpful to clarify concerns regarding driving ability, legal and financial responsibilities. It can be useful for early management of dementia, eligibility for extra assistance or services at work, academic settings or home. For younger adults a neuropsychological assessment can help you develop strategies to cope with education and employment. For those who have had a Traumatic Brain Injury, or Chronic Illness that has affected their brain or, major neurosurgery, a Neuropsychological Assessment can help measure the impact. Assistance can be provided by identifying the impact on day to day activities and your unique needs. Understanding your cognitive abilities can bring clarity and relief surrounding your situation, and enable the development of coping abilities to manage changes and challenges.
How do I know if I need an assessment?
At Northside Psychology psychologists meet with you, listen to your concerns, recommend what assessments are appropriate and what is involved before testing commences. You get the information you need to make the best decision. You choose if, when, and what assessments are done with a full understanding of how an assessment may help you.
How much does an assessment cost?
There are many different types of assessment, and the cost of each varies according to the different elements chosen. Please call our assessment coordinator to discuss your needs.
We offer a comprehensive range of IQ, cognitive, learning and developmental assessment tests for children aged 3 and older that include:
• Autism Spectrum Assessments • Learning difficulties / Educational Assessment / Cognitive and Achievement Assessments
• Adaptive behaviour / Functional skills
• School readiness
• Giftedness and early entry programs (to pre-school and primary school)
• Developmental delay
• Intellectual disabilities
• Behavioural Assessment (including screening for ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
• Psychological Assessments for School Funding Purposes and independent learning plans
The assessment may assist your child access additional funding in the school environment. The assessment report can also inform an Individual Learning Plan for your child.
How do I know if my child needs an assessment?
Not really sure if or why you need an assessment for your child? That’s okay. At Northside Psychology psychologists will meet with you, listen to your concerns, and give you suggestions about what assessments are appropriate and what is involved before any assessment is begun. You get the information you need to make the best decision for you and your child. You choose if, when, and what assessments are done with a full understanding of how an assessment may help you and your child. You’re in control.
What is involved in an assessment?
Each child is an individual who has individual strengths and challenges. At Northside Psychology our assessment process allows parents to target the assessment of specific concerns or to broaden the scope of an assessment to gain additional information to benefit the child. It allows parents the ability to gather information and strategies to address one or multiple concerns at a time.
Assessments require information to be gathered from four areas; parents, teachers, clinician observation, and standardised measures such as questionnaires, or intelligence tests. Each assessment at Northside Psychology covers these areas. This is a standard assessment. Parents can then add extras to an assessment such as a school observation. This is done in consultation with the appropriate health professional/s who explain the advantages and disadvantages of adding that element to the relevant standard assessment.
How much does an assessment cost?
There are many different types of assessment, and the cost of each varies according to the different elements chosen. Please call our Assessment Coordinator to discuss your needs.
About the assessment types
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) / Attention Deficit Disorder (or ADD) is a neurodevelopmental condition. That is, it is a condition that affects the development of the brain. These include areas to do with emotional regulation, motivation, distractibility, attention and reward processing.
Signs of ADHD in boys
Boys with ADHD tend to be physical, and active. They are known to externalise behaviours, thoughts, and feelings. They struggle to sit still in situations where sitting is required, and often need to fidget. At times, they demonstrate a strong ability to hyper focus, whilst at other times, they find it difficult to pay attention (E.g., doing homework or chores). Children with ADHD tend to talk a lot, and often seem to talk “at” people, rather than “with” them. They can seem unaware of other people.
Signs of ADHD in girls
Girls with ADHD tend to internalise their behaviours, thoughts, and feelings. They are generally less impulsive or hyperactive. They may seem forgetful, disorganised, and scattered. They may have difficulty staying focused and indulge a tendency to daydream or “zone out”. Girls with ADHD can often experience anxiety, become withdrawn, and have a low self-esteem. At times, they will lash out verbally with teasing or taunting.
Signs of ADHD in Adults
Studies show that the brain differences found in ADHD may lessen with age, but that the characteristic difficulties with inattentiveness and distractibility remain. Often adults with ADHD have a poor sense of time and struggle to prioritise. Women, in particular, tend to be scattered, forgetful and disorganised.
Why should I have an ADHD assessment for my child?
ADHD impacts a child’s social, emotional, and academic development. ADHD behaviours impact how a family functions, and relationships within a family. If you suspect your child may have ADHD, it can be helpful to seek more information.
Why should I have an assessment for me?
ADHD impacts many areas of an adult’s social and daily functioning. Adults often have problems with close relationships, the management of day to day responsibilities, and, at work, often feel as though they have been overlooked in their careers. If you suspect you may have ADHD, an assessment is a great way to learn more.
Assessments at Northside Psychology
Northside Psychology offers ADHD assessments for children and adults. All ADHD assessments are conducted by psychologists experienced in identifying ADHD across the age span and between genders. An assessment involves identifying strengths and challenges, and identifying goals and strategies to help address concerns.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a brain based developmental disorder that results in difficulties understanding social interactions and communication, sensory issues, limited interests and repetitive behaviours. These signs may be noticeable in infancy, but many times, signs of autism only become more obvious during the school years.
Signs of autism in boys
Children with autism are often confused by language and take things literally. They struggle to understand the perspective of others, and find reading non-verbal body cues difficult. Boys with autism may express few emotions, but when they do, they express them intensely. Often children with autism prefer to be on their own. They may have unusual interests or obsessions, and be easily upset by change.
Signs of autism in girls
Girls with autism often have a great imagination where they have imaginary friends or pretend to be a particular animal. They often play either with older or younger children, and will usually want to play the same role in a game each time. Often, they love drawing and writing stories. Girls with autism tend to observe others rather than participate in a group. They may seem quiet, shy, and solitary.
Signs of autism in adults
Adults with autism often have few friendships, and find romantic relationships perplexing. They find it difficult to be empathetic, or take the perspective of others. Adults with autism have established routines and rely on the familiarity of these. They often have some kind of sensory processing difficulties, and tend to excel in a particular area.
Why should I have an autism assessment for my child?
Autism spectrum disorder impacts the social and emotional development of a child, as well as the day to day functioning of their family. If you suspect your child may have an ASD, it can be helpful to learn more.
Why should I have an assessment for me?
ASD impacts many areas of an adult’s social and daily functioning. Adults often have problems with close relationships, daily responsibilities, and employment. If you suspect you may have ASD, an assessment is a great place to start learning more.
Autism Assessments at Northside Psychology
Northside Psychology offers autism assessments for children and adults. All autism assessments are conducted by psychologists experienced in identifying autism across the age span and between genders. Autism assessments are available for children from 3 years of age, and for adults. An assessment involves identifying strengths and challenges and identifying goals and strategies to help address concerns.
A child may be experiencing learning difficulties if they struggle to develop the knowledge and skills that same age peers are developing. Learning difficulties can occur for a large number of reasons. Sometimes learning difficulties can occur as a result of specific learning disorders such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia. These occur when a child’s reading, writing, or math abilities are well below those of their peers. At other times learning difficulties may be due to cognitive problems such as memory or processing difficulties.
Signs of learning difficulties
People who experience learning difficulties will often struggle/have struggled with reading, writing, and/or math during primary school. They often find it hard to stay focused on tasks and can forget things very soon after they have been taught. Individuals with learning difficulties tend to have problems following instructions and often need to be given step by step instructions in order to complete tasks. Understanding concepts such as time and money can also be hard for people with learning difficulties, and they often need daily repetition to reinforce what is learned. They will eventually “get it”, but learning takes longer than other people their age.
Why should I have a learning assessment for myself or my child?
Learning difficulties impact not only the academic and occupational, but also the social and functional development and progress. Too often, people with learning difficulties experience anxiety, isolation, and low self-esteem. Avoidance behaviours such as acting out, hiding in school bathrooms, and (in later years) truanting, are common ways people with unidentified learning disorders manage their difficulties. If you suspect you or your child has a learning difficulty or disorder, an assessment is a great way to find answers, help and support.
Assessments at Northside Psychology
Northside Psychology offers Learning Assessments starting from age 4. All Learning assessments are conducted by psychologists experienced in identifying learning difficulties and disorders. Assessments identify learning profiles, strengths, challenges, goals, and strategies to support you or your child at home, and in their learning or work environment.
All children are hostile or defiant at times, but children with a behavioural disorder are hostile, disobedient and defiant so often, and so intensely that it affects their everyday lives, as well as the lives of those around them. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) are the two most common behaviour disorders.
Signs of a behavioural disorder
Children with behavioural disorders often get frustrated easily, argue excessively, refuse to follow rules, and deliberately and excessively annoy others. They often seem to “hold a grudge” and seek “payback”. A child with a behavioural disorder may seem to lack empathy or remorse, and seem deliberately, though unnecessarily, nasty and hurtful. Many children will at times display these behaviours. A behavioural disorder is only diagnosed if these behaviours are continuous over a period of at least 6 months.
Why should I have a Behavioural Disorder Assessment for my child?
Challenging behaviours impact a child’s social, emotional, and academic development. Relationships within a family often become strained, and children with behavioural challenges are often rejected by their peers leading to feelings of isolation, anger, depression, and a low self-concept. If you suspect your child may have a behavioural disorder, assessments provide an avenue to find and develop strategies and support.
Assessments at Northside Psychology
Northside Psychology offers Behaviour Disorder Assessments for children and adolescents. All Behaviour Disorder Assessments are conducted by psychologists experienced in identifying behavioural disorders across the age span and between genders. Behavioural disorder Assessments are available for children from 4 to 18 years. An assessment involves identifying strengths and challenges and identifying goals and strategies to help address concerns within the child, and their family, and community.
How will I know which assessment I need?
You will be able to work closely with your psychologist to decide which assessment is right for your goals. Once your goals and purpose for seeking an assessment is understood, we can tailor an assessment plan for you. The psychologist can answer any questions you have, and clarify the details and process for your assessment before you start the process. Our assessment coordinator will guide you through arranging appointments, payment and coordinating needs for school or work visits, as needed.
In all assessments, our goal is to help you understand yourself or your loved one more. We understand this process can be intimidating. Our team are here to make this process comfortable, collaborative and straightforward.