Melbourne Children’s Psychology Clinic

Services

Assessments

MCPC are able to provide a range of developmental and psychometric assessments. All assessments include a clinical parent interview that forms a critical part of the assessment, taking into consideration a child’s developmental history and other important factors. Assessments offered include (but are not limited to):

Assessment of Intellectual Functioning

Measuring a child’s intellectual functioning is sometimes referred to as measuring a child’s “IQ”. These measures help us to identify a child’s pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses across a range of areas. The most common measures used to assess intellectual functioning in children are the Wechsler Scales: WPPSI-IV (age range 2-6) and the WISC-V (age range 6-16).

An assessment of intellectual functioning can assist in a better understanding of a range if presenting issues including (but not limited to):

  • academic difficulties/strengths in the classroom
  • behavioural difficulties in the classroom
  • developmental issues (e.g., Intellectual disability, Autism spectrum disorders)
  • assessment of children with high intellectual potential

Assessment of Intellectual Functioning

Educational Assessments

Educational Assessments

An educational assessment consists of a combination of measures that assess a child’s intellectual functioning (see above) and academic performance. The most common measure used to assess academic achievement in children is the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III) which measures a child’s academic performance across a wide range of areas (Reading, Math, Writing and Oral Language) in comparison to same age and/or grade peers.

An educational assessment can assist in the overall understanding of a range if issues including (but not limited to):

  • poor academic performance within certain areas at school
  • behavioural difficulties in the classroom (e.g., aggressive behaviours, acting the “clown”)
  • attention and concentration difficulties in the classroom
  • appearing “bored” or disengaged in the classroom

School Readiness Assessments

As a parent, do you wonder whether your child has the necessary skills and abilities to commence school? Do you have concerns about delaying school entry?

At MCPC, we work individually with each child/family, giving careful consideration to a developmental checklist of skills and/or formal assessments to determine your child’s readiness for school. Assessment may include a developmental screen (e.g., Brigance III) and, in some instances, an assessment of intellectual functioning (see above).

Assessment usually includes a parent interview and consultation with your child’s current educators.

School Readiness Assessments

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

The assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) requires a multidisciplinary approach often involving a paediatrician, a psychologist and a speech pathologist.

Assessment aims to determine whether a child meets diagnostic criteria for ASD and seeks to evaluate the functioning and support needs of the child and their caregiver/s. This information, gathered from multiple sources, aims to inform future service delivery and funding needs.

Assessments are tailored to the unique clinical needs of each child and may include:

  • A parent interview
  • A child assessment
  • An observation of the child in their education setting
  • A parent feedback session

MCPC uses a range of gold stard psychometric assessment measures including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule 2nd Edition (ADOS-2).

Please refer to the Autism Assessment Clinic for further information.

Contact Us.

Ivanhoe
Hampton
Telephone Number

(03) 9517 6272

Fax Number

(03) 9497 2004

Email Address

ivanhoe_reception@melbournecpc.com.au

Location

30 Seddon St, Ivanhoe

Telephone Number

(03) 9521 0307

Fax Number

(03) 9135 1342

Email Address

hampton_reception@melbournecpc.com.au

Location

617 Hampton St, Brighton