Psychological Assessments for Children
Thrive Psychology is now offering Psychological Assessments for children aged 4+ years.
When would my child benefit from a assessment with a Psychologist?
Children are all different; we know this both professionally and as parents ourselves. Being different is not a bad thing, especially if the right supports are in place to assist children to Thrive. This may be in the classroom, in the playground, at home, or in the community.
Psychological Assessment may be used when parents and/or teachers have concerns about delays in cognitive, social or emotional development. Signs may include; your child is losing interest at school, not keeping up with the class or may be disruptive towards other children. Children may also be having difficulty in controlling their emotions and interacting appropriately with their peers.
Does my child need a Doctor’s referral?
No. You can see a Psychologist without a Doctor’s referral. We do suggest however that if you have concerns about your child that you consult your family GP, as there may be other medical issues affecting your child’s development.
What does it cost?
Psychological Assessment fees will vary depending on the needs of each child. Psychological Assessments do not typically attract a Medicare rebate. Depending on your private health fund, you may be able to claim some of the fees back. Please contact Thrive Psychology to discuss your individual needs.
What is involved in a Psychological Assessment?
Each Assessment is undertaken at our Clinic by a qualified and experienced Psychologist. The first step is to meet the parents and child together so the Psychologist can gather background information. Depending on your child’s needs, the Psychologist may use different assessments to test intelligence, attention, memory, achievement, academic skills, emotions or behavior.
Thrive Psychology uses the most trusted and comprehensive Psychological Assessment instruments available. Furthermore, Thrive uses the latest technology with Q-Interactive, which is not only quicker and cheaper to administer, but also provides a more interactive and flexible environment for your child when completing the testing.
Information from the parents/guardians and possibly also from the child’s teacher will also be used to build a picture of your child.
A comprehensive report is then prepared and provided to parents in a feedback session.
Where can I find more information?
Contact your local Thrive Psychology branch here
You can also schedule a 30 minute initial consultation with one of our psychologists (without your child) to discuss your child’s situation, your concerns, and how we may be able to help.