Understanding your child’s intellectual functioning and learning needs can help you work towards removing any barriers that may be preventing them from achieving their educational potential.
Educational Assessments for Children & Adolescents
The READ Clinic has a team of psychologists who can provide comprehensive cognitive and educational assessments.
Why might I want an educational assessment for my child?
There are many reasons why you may want an educational assessment for your child:
Your child’s teacher, school, paediatrician or other health professional may request or recommend your child have an intellectual assessment by a psychologist.
Your child is struggling at school and you want to understand why and what you can do to help.
- Your child appears to be intellectually gifted and you want to understand more about how their mind works and what you can do to support them.
The Educational Assessment Process
When you call to enquire about a cognitive or educational assessment for your child, our friendly Client Care Team will make an initial appointment for you with one of the psychologists at the READ Clinic who is experienced in these types of assessments for children.
During your 50 minute pre-assessment session the psychologist will gather information about your child’s developmental history, discuss the assessment process with you, and answer any questions you may have. This appointment allows the assessing psychologist to determine the most appropriate assessment/s and advise you about which assessment pathway to proceed with according to your goals.
Screeners / Questionnaires
Following the pre-assessment session, your psychologist will send screeners (questionnaires) which form an important part of the overall assessment. Screeners will be sent to parents/carers and teachers which form an important part of the overall assessment to understand their thoughts and behaviour at home and school. The screeners help the psychologist to rule out other conditions which may be impacting your child’s intellectual functioning such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, or ASD.
Your child will usually be booked in for a 2 hour block of assessment testing. During this assessment session the psychologist will use various evidence-based tests to learn more about your child’s behaviour and functioning. The tests that your child will undertake will be determined based on their age, the reason for the report, and information from the pre-assessment session.
Tests may include:
- WISC-V: an intelligence test that measures a child’s intellectual ability and 5 cognitive domains that impact performance (for children 6 to 16)
- WPPSI-IV: measures cognitive development for preschoolers and young children (for children aged 6 or under)
- WIAT-III: measures comprehensive listening, speaking, reading, writing, and math skills (all ages)
Your psychologist will provide a summary of all test results and what they mean, and include specific recommendations for your child.
The more comprehensive and complicated an assessment is, the longer it will take your psychologist to interpret results and write an informative report.
The report will include recommendations that are specific and tailored to your child.
Report Feedback Session
The final phase of the assessment is a 50-minute report feedback session with the assessing psychologist. During this session the psychologist will provide the written report, read through it and discuss the results and recommendations with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Costs vary depending on the level of testing required. Following your pre-assessment session you will be provided with a full breakdown of the testing, report and feedback costs.
Indicatively, educational assessments for children usually cost between $1,300 and $2,400.
Please call us on 4363 6600 to enquire about current expected waiting times.
Please note we will have several additional assessing psychologists available from February 2024 so educational assessments will be available with minimal waiting times.
Central Coast Child Educational Assessments Team
To enquire about cognitive and educational assessments for children, please call us on 4363 6600.