CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
What tests do we use?
Key measures we use include:
- ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) – measures symptoms of Autism spectrum disorders
- WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children) – measures IQ, cognitive functioning (6-16yrs)
- WIAT (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test) – measures academic achievement, used for testing learning disabilities
- Conners 3 – Measures child behaviourable development, particularly ADHD and ODD
- ASRS (Autism Spectrum Rating Scales) – measures child symptoms and behaviours associated with the autism spectrum
- CMS (Child Memory Scales) – measures memory problems in children
- SCQ – measures child social communication as part of ASD assessment
- Vinelands (birth – 90 years) – measures adaptive behaviour such as communication, social skills and daily living skills
Do I need a referral?
No, families can self-refer to Augmentia Health for any assessment. However, Medicare rebates are only available for autism diagnostic assessments or another pervasive development disorder, with a referral from a child psychiatrist or paediatrician.
Unfortunately, there are no Medicare rebates available for cognitive assessments, though rebates may be available if applied directly through your private health fund.
What do I tell my child about the appointment?
Before the assessment you should tell your child that you are coming to see someone who is going to do different thinking games with them, and that most children find the different activities fun. Avoid describing the appointment as a test or assessment as this can make some children feel anxious.
How can a cognitive assessment help my child?
The results of the assessment show areas of strength and weakness which can help a person to maximise their learning, enhance areas of strength, and compensate or develop areas of weakness. The overall scores are often used by schools and organisations to determine if someone qualifies for additional support, programs, or even payments. The results of this test cannot guarantee any of these things but may help a person access different services.
Parents often say that cognitive assessment helps them to advocate for their child at school and to work with schools to maximise learning. It might help by showing that:
- your child is not naughty but is just struggling to keep up and needs more help
- your child is not slow to learn but just has difficulty with a specific aspect of learning (such as problems with reading or paying attention)
- your child needs additional support because of a specific area of weakness (such as problems with verbal explanations and language skills)
- your child’s cognitive skills are developing appropriately, and issues might be related to problems with mood or social skills.
- your child’s cognitive skills are within a gifted range and may require extension work in the classroom.
Can I sit with my child during the assessment?
Parents are always welcome to join their children in the first part of the assessment session. This is a chance for your child to feel comfortable with the clinician before getting started. During testing parents generally leave the room, as they can be a distraction or provide help unknowingly. We find that most children find the assessments quite fun and warm up quickly, so don’t need their parents in the room. For autism assessments only, parents of very young children will remain in the assessment room for the duration of the assessment session.
Can I access treatment services for my child?
Yes, our clinicians can provide interventions for children and adolescents experiencing a range of developmental, social, emotional, or conduct issues. These options range from behavioural modification and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to social skills training and emotion management. We also provide support for parents. Find out more about our team of clinicians VIEW CLINICIANS.
Can an assessment be completed via telehealth?
Yes, some assessments can be completed via telehealth. Others may require one or two in person appointments.