Lakeside Psychology now offers cognitive and full educational assessments for children experiencing learning difficulties, dyslexia, intellectual disability or giftedness.
Why are Cognitive Assessments used?
Your child may benefit from a cognitive assessment if you have concerns for your child experiencing an intellectual disability, or wish to gain some initial information regarding your child’s cognitive strengths, challenges and preferred learning styles. A cognitive assessment is sometimes required to assist with receiving funding for your child at school.
Why are Educational Assessments used?
Your child may benefit from a full educational assessment if you have concerns regarding specific learning challenges, dyslexia (specific reading) or dyscalculia (specific maths) difficulties, or for children presenting as gifted. You may also wish to complete an educational assessment if you want some detailed information of your child’s learning strengths and challenges and their preferred learning style.
What Type of Assessment is used?
The WISC-V and the WIAT-III. These assessments are completed using iPads which ensures the most accurate assessment possible and allows for faster processing of results and reports.
What is incuded in the packages?
You will receive the following as part of an educational assessment package:
- Parent only session (1 hour) to speak with the psychologist regarding your concerns for your child and to obtain a full developmental history. The psychologist will advise you on the most suitable assessments for your child, based on your concerns.
- Assessment for your child (4 hours). This can take place across two sessions, usually within one week of each other.
- Parent questionnaire to obtain comprehensive information regarding your child and your concerns.
- With your consent, contact with your child’s teacher to further discuss their engagement at school.
- A detailed, but easy to understand, report written by the assessing psychologist with the results of your child’s assessment, what this means for your child, and recommendations for home and school to further assist with your child’s learning.
- A parent feedback session (1 hour), usually scheduled one week after your child’s assessment session, where copies of the report are provided, all information in the report is explained, and opportunities provided to ask questions and discuss any further support you may need.
Assessment fees & rebates:
Cognitive Assessments: $925 ($825 for healthcare card holders). Rebates: One or two rebates of $84.80 may be available in some circumstances.
Educational Assessments: $1,325 ($1,225 for healthcare card holders). Rebates: One or two rebates of $84.80 may be available in some circumstances.
Do I need a referral?
No, a referral is not required for an assessment. Your psychologist will be able to advise you on whether any rebates are available for your child’s assessment. You may also be able to obtain a rebate from your private health insurance – please check with your insurer.