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When our child is feeling unwell because their stomach hurts or their nose is runny, you visit the doctor who conducts a medical evaluation. This entails asking you about your concerns and child's symptoms whilst collecting information about your child's medical history. At times, the doctor may also discuss running some further tests to understand what is underlying your child's symptoms. When results are revealed, the doctor then discusses them with you and would make recommendations regarding the best course of treatment and guide you towards supports (e.g. referral to another specialist, prescription for medication etc.).
Psychologists help families in a very similar way, however rather than dealing with medical conditions, assessment focuses on understanding the child's cognitive, learning, social, emotional and behavioural functioning.
At ACPC Psychology, we receive numerous referrals in relation to child and adolescent assessments from specialists, educators, educators and allied health professionals. Our assessment clinic renowned for delivering comprehensive assessments to clients across NSW including Sydney Metropolitan areas, remote and regional areas. We offer face to face and via Telehealth (online services) based assessments to ensure that all children and adolescents have access to Quality and Affordable assessments without extensive wait lists. For further information about The Child and Adolescent Clinic, please contact our clinic.
1.Intake: An initial phone intake to discuss your concerns and be booked with the most suitable psychologist and assessor.
2. Initial Clinical Interview: An initial meeting with the psychologist to collect background information regarding your child and discuss possible assessments.
3. Child Screening Session: An initial interview and screening session to meet with your child and build rapport prior to assessment administration. Assessments are organised and booked based on clinical child screening observation.
4. Assessment sessions: Testing sessions with the child take place. Duration can be between 45-60 minutes depending on the nature of the assessment.
5. Report writing time: This involves the time the psychologist takes to complete the comprehensive report once all provided forms have been received.
6. Feedback Session: A brief session for parents/ caregivers to discuss the findings of the report in detail and recommendations for future direction and guidance on the next steps.
7. Follow up session for guidance & parent support: The amount of information provided in report and feedback session can be overwhelming. A session can be booked (immediately after feedback or in a few months) to follow up with parents/ caregivers after feedback session and check in regarding any follow up questions about the findings and recommendations. Other services can also be accessed including; parent coaching and support, professional opinion and guidance as well as school advocacy. This can be discussed parents/ caregivers depending on priorities and child's needs.
8. Progress monitoring: Check in/ review sessions booked with the psychologist/ assessor after several months to years depending on the case to clinically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, measure and review progress.
PLEASE NOTE that your assessing psychologist welcomes any follow-up queries and will aim to assist you as needed whether it may be following an assessment or down the track!
Assessment entails a comprehensive overview of the child/ adolescent presenting problem. The process involves using multi assessments from multi informants which may include; a clinical interview with the parents, a teacher interview (with parental consent), a clinical child interview or preschool/school visit as well as the use of questionnaires and standardised screening measures.
This information in combination with the use of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition, (DSM-5) and/or International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Edition, (ICD-10) is used for case formulation, diagnosis and treatment planning regarding the child's presenting issue.
In certain cases, a clinical assessment may also include the administration of standardised testing to determine the child's developmental, cognitive, learning, emotional and social presentation of the child when compared to peers. Your psychologist will be able to discuss with you during the initial clinical interview what assessments may be required to assist in information gathering for the purpose of treatment planning.
ACPC Psychology offers diagnostic and clinical assessments for:
For further information about our comprehensive assessments, please see link here.
Our goal is to ensure your advocacy needs are met through the process of continuous engagement and genuine understanding of your needs