STEP TWO: Meeting your child and Administering Assessments

STEP TWO: Meeting your child and Administering Assessments

CHILD MEETING: A meeting with your child, also known as a 'child screener' is then organised. The meeting entails a general interview with the child to 'get to know' your child whilst also screening their overall presentation and development by asking some general and specific questions about their environment, their interests and their learning.

It also assists the assessor in the selection of appropriate and most suitable assessments to administer with your child. Most are generally comfortable meeting with the Psychologist one on one, however a joint meeting with the parent is also an option should the child not feel comfortable to meet individually. 

Information gathered during the child meeting is generally discussed with the parent (with the child's permission). Suitable assessments are then discussed, organised and booked with the parent/caregiver. 

ASSESSMENT SESSIONS: Most assessments are conducted with the child. The usual duration of testing can be between 45-60 minutes depending on the nature of the assessment. Depending on the case, some assessments can be administered with the parent/ caregiver (e.g. diagnostic interviews) or require both parent/ caregiver and child present together. Your psychologist will discuss with you and prepare you before hand.

Forms and questionnaires about the child's functioning at home and at school are usually passed onto the parent and educators for completion. It is important to note that the information gathered from the forms act as supporting information for the assessments administered and are taken into consideration as part of a comprehensive assessment and a holistic profile of the child. 

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