Developmental Dyslexia (Specific Reading Disorder) is a learning disorder which affects an individual's ability to read and write. It makes it difficult to identify and learn sounds which can impact on comprehension. Early identification through comprehensive psychological assessment is important to assist in raising awareness, identifying needs and accessing the most beneficial supports.
Our Psychologist can administer comprehensive learning assessments which help children, adolescents and adults identify their learning strengths and weaknesses. This helps teachers and support services to recognising how they can best meet an individual's needs. We can provide full neuropsychological assessments to investigate cognitive abilities, memory, concentration and executive functions. Learning assessments include cognitive testing and achievement testing.
We conduct comprehensive clinical interviews and neuropsychological assessments to identify a range of childhood and adolescent difficulties including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Separation Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Complete intellectual, adaptive functioning and neuropsychological assessments are available at our practice to identify and diagnose the full range of Intellectual Disabilities. Psychologists are experts in human development and can compare performance on a range of standardised assessments in order to determine age appropriate development. Intellectual assessments are also referred to as cognitive assessments.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment
Our Psychologist provides comprehensive assessments to identify and diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This includes reclassification of Asperger's Syndrome, Autistic Disorder and Pervassive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) according to the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - Fifth Edition (DSM-V) criteria. Reclassification under the new DSM-V criteria can be important to assist in accessing services such as NDIS if eligible. All ASD assessments also include neuropsychological testing including cognitive assessments.
Section 32 Assessments & Reports
Our clinicians are qualified to complete Section 32 assessments and reports according to the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW). This includes the identification of individuals who may have been 'developmentally disabled' or 'suffering from mental illness' during the time of the alleged commission of an offense.