What Parents and Children can expect during the Assessment Process
WHAT DOES AN ASSESSMENT INVOLVE? The assessment process can involve a number of sessions up to 50 - 60 minutes/session answering questions, carrying out various tests, including completing questionnaires, relating to the presenting concerns. One session will involve an appointment with parents only which may take between one to two hours. Another aspect of the assessment process may include a home and/or school visit for observation in the child's natural environment. As part of the comprehensive assessment, intellectual functioning may be assessed. This can be helpful in identifying a child's strengths and areas where they may require support or modification of his/her learning environment to reach their full potential. This component of testing is usually referred to as cognitive testing. Referrals to a paediatrician and/or other allied health professionals, for example a speech pathologist may be provided as part of the assessment process. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR THE ASSESSMENT? Gather together as much detail, for example previous reports from earlier assessments if conducted, and/or school reports. WHAT WILL THE RESULTS TELL YOU FROM THE ASSESSMENT? You will be offered an appointment for a verbal feedback session to discuss the results, including potential diagnoses, and treatment/referral recommendations. You will be provided with a comprehensive written report including the results from the assessment and treatment planning recommendations. Details of your child's assessment are completely confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone, without prior consent.