Paediatric Developmental Assessment
Our Paediatricians have specialist training and expertise in how children develop, learn and behave. Detailed history, examination and assessment is performed to enable understanding of your child as a whole in the context of their home and school environment. We are able to assist in identifying your child's strengths and weaknesses to guide individualised strategies to support them in reaching their potential. We provide regular review of learning and behaviour to monitor progress.
Detailed assessment of a child’s specific areas of strength and weakness is important to assist with accurate diagnosis and understanding of a child's presentation. It enables us to advise on intervention strategies to support your child.
Cognitive or intelligence tests are performed at initial appointment to clarify a child’s general intellectual ability. When used in combination with detailed history gathered from carers and teachers as well as observation of their performance, these results can provide better understanding of a child’s innate problem solving skills. It allow us to identify areas that require additional support. Several distinct areas of cognitive ability are assessed including working memory, verbal comprehension, fluid reasoning, visual spatial skills and processing speed.
Education/achievement testing performed at our clinic include standardised tests of reading, spelling and mathematics. This assesses whether a child is achieving to the level expected given their cognitive potential. If a child achieves below predicted for their cognitive ability, this may be indicative of a specific learning disorder in that area.
Our standardised assessments are carried out by experienced psychologists and results will be explained both verbally and in a formal comprehensive report sent to the carer.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder which is diagnosed based on history and clinical presentation. There is no single test to diagnose this disorder and standardised clinical criteria are to be met. It can also be very useful to have an additional objective measure to aid assessment and a quantitative EEG (electroencephalogram) brain map can further support the clinical picture by identifying brain map patterns associated with ADHD.