Educational Assessment

Educational Assessments

Educational assessments are administered to determine a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, as well as language and written abilities. Understanding a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses can identify what support they need to function optimally in an academic setting, as well as in their social and family environments. Sometimes additional assessments tools are required which we can discuss as part of the overall assessment process.

We understand that parents have a natural desire for their child to be happy and flourish, so we will work together to tailor an effective strategy moving forward based on practical recommendations. After all, a diagnosis is only helpful if it provides a pathway towards a solution.

The most common assessment tools used include the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV Australian), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V Australian) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-II Australian).

We use iPad administration. Children appreciate this fun and modern approach to educational assessment.

What Sorts of Assessments are on Offer?

The tests of intelligence and ability that we use are recognised by schools for:

  • Learning difficulty assessment
  • Early entry recommendation
  • Giftedness assessment

Assessment Outcomes

The assessments will:

  • Identify the unique learning profile of children who are having difficulties at school
  • Identification of a learning difficulty
  • Provide recommendations on specific interventions that will improve the child’s functioning in the classroom
  • Provide advice on how the child’s learning can be supported at school and home
  • Identify gifted children, so that appropriate educational planning and extension can be undertaken

What’s Included?

An Educational Assessment includes:

  • Briefing by the parents
  • Assessment time of between 2 and 5 hours, depending on the reason for the referral
  • A written report

Giftedness and early entry assessments involve only IQ assessment, so involve one child assessment session, plus the report.

Contact with the school and an observation in the classroom when appropriate, with parental/caregiver consent, and a follow up meeting with parents/caregivers to explain results can be arranged.

Booking an Assessment

Caitlin and Marnie’s educational assessment at Rose Park Psychology:

What and when? What does it involve?
Parent interview via phone (time TBC) ·       Parent to email through any relevant reports/documents

·       30 minute phone call between parent and psychologist

Testing session #1 ·       2 hours on a Saturday
Testing session #2 ·       2 hours (a fortnight from the Saturday of the first test)
Report and feedback via phone or zoom (approximately 4 weeks after testing session #2) ·       30 minute zoom or phone call included in assessment price

·       If parents would like a face to face follow up session to further discuss the assessment results, an additional session fee will be charged. As it is not included in the pricing

Booking Educational Assessments at Rose Park Psychology

Caitlin Waldie and Marnie Stewart offer educational assessments. They are both provisional psychologists meaning that they conduct their work under the close supervision of a senior psychologist. They will administer the tests and then discuss the results and their report with the senior psychologist, who co-signs the report. 

Cost

The cost of an assessment is $1100 including GST. A private health cover contribution may apply so you do need to contact your fund for this information. 

To book an appointment, or for more information, please feel free to contact us.