What is the process?
The psychological assessment takes place over a number of sessions. The first session is an interview with parents or caregivers, and can take place either face to face or by telephone. During this session, the clinician will gather the information relevant to the assessment including the current concerns, developmental history, background history and information regarding functioning in the home, social and educational settings.
Additional information such as previous assessments, school reports and authority to communicate with other professionals involved in clients care may be requested. The clinician may also provide you with a questionnaire to complete.
The assessment sessions are usually scheduled over one or two days and last 2-3 hours each. The specific assessments administered will depend on the reasons for referral, current concerns and your child’s presentation.
Following the assessment sessions, the clinician will score, standardise and interpret the results of the assessments.
A 50 minute feedback session will then be scheduled to go through the outcomes of the assessment, provide the report, and discuss the results and recommendations contained within the report.
The comprehensive report will be able to be used by you to distribute to the school or other professionals involved, as you see fit.