We use a range of assessment tools and protocols to help us to get a full understanding of the strengths and difficulties and determine the best way to help your child.
Assessments of cognition, learning and development
Depending upon your child’s age our child psychologists will select appropriate standardised assessment tools to map out their profile of abilities. Some of the tests we use at the clinic include;
Bayley Scales of Infant Development – an internationally used kit for identifying developmental problems in children from birth to 40 months of age. It looks at cognitive/learning, social, motor skills.
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (also known as WPPSI) – another internationally used tool for assessing verbal and nonverbal intelligence, ability to process information and aspects of language in young children (ages 2 to 7 years).
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (also known at WISC) – this assessment is similar to the WPPSI in assessing verbal and nonverbal intelligence and ability to process information but it additionally assesses working memory, it is designed for children aged 7 to 16 years.
Wechsler Individual Attainment Test (also known as WIAT) – where there are concerns about learning or struggling at school it can also be helpful to perform this test of academic attainment. Comparing how a child’s academic attainment matches with their intellectual ability helps to understand if there are specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia or dyscalculia.
We also have a number of specialist assessments assessing specific cognitive skills such as attention, memory and higher order skills like planning and organisation (known as executive functions). These assessments include the Children’s Memory Scale, Test of Everyday Attention for Children, Rey Complex Figure, Delis Kaplan Executive Function System and many others.
Mental health or psychoemotional assessments
You and your child will meet with our child psychologist who will ask you questions about your child’s current difficulties, but also about your child’s background, school, friends and other aspects of their life. It is important to find out as much as possible about your child to know how the problem may have developed, what factors affect it, and what impact it has on everyday life.
You and your child (if they are old enough) may be asked to complete questionnaires about the problem to provide more information. Standardised questionnaires on topics such as social functioning, anxiety, and depression can be very helpful to the psychologist in formulating or diagnosing, as well in identifying the best treatment plan.
Typical interventions or treatments
At Indigo we only use evidence-based interventions. We use an integrated approach to tailor the therapies to the needs of your child and family, so this may include one approach or a mixture of approaches.