Standardised assessments are sometimes recommended with a child in order to investigate the child’s emotional, behavioural and learning and social development. The assessment recommended may vary to each child as each may present with different needs. Please discuss with the psychologist about which assessment may be suitable for your child.
Developmental Assessments (for Infants and Toddlers): Developmental assessments entail the assessment of various areas of child development including cognition, language, motor, adaptive and socio-emotional development. A developmental assessment is recommended when delays or problems in development is suspected.
Assessment involves interview with parent(s) and/or other parties, test administration, result analysis and interpretation, report writing, feedback to parents, and multiple copies of report provided.
Psychology On Keen offers the following standardised developmental assessments:
The Griffiths Mental Development Scales (GMDS)(0- 8 years old): GMDS is a comprehensive assessment which measures the rate and process at which the growth or maturation of a child . Although the GMDS is not a diagnostic measure, it is able, where applicable, to generate areas of developmental delay or concern.
The Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Third Edition (Bayley-III) (0-3 years): The Bayley-III is a comprehensive developmental assessment tool used to assess the child’s five key developmental domains , which include motor (fine and gross), language, cognitive, social-emotional and adaptive development of infants and toddlers.
Cognitive (IQ) Assessments: Using standardised psychometric tools. A cognitive (IQ) assessment measures a child or an adolescent’s overall intellectual ability or the ability to learn when compared to peers of same age level. It also helps identify the strengths and weaknesses across a range of areas.
There are a number of reasons why a cognitive assessment is administered and some of these are:
- to determine if the child has possible developmental issues (e.g., intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder);
- to identify whether the child may be ‘intellectually gifted’;
- to provide information for children presenting with emotional or behavioural difficulties.
- to identify the weaknesses and/or strengths in learning
At Psychology On Keen, the psychologist uses the following standardised psychometric tools to conduct cognitive assessments:
- The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) which is administered for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
- The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), which is administered for children and adolescents between the ages of 6 to 16 years old.
- Autism Spectrum Assessment (Including Asperger’s Syndrome): A comprehensive assessment is required to determine whether a child presents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Syndrome). The assessment will require a number of measures, clinical evaluation, and multi informants. In order to assist clinical evaluation, assessments usually include:
- a clinical interview with parents/carers
- A clinical preschool/school observation
- A play-based child assessment
- A clinical child interview
- A meeting with preschool or school teacher
At Psychology On Keen, Gold Standard Autism Diagnosis Assessments including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule , Second Edition (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) are used for Autism Spectrum assessment.