A cognitive assessment is usually conducted in order to determine a child’s strengths and weaknesses across a range of cognitive areas. Other reasons for performing a cognitive assessment may be in order to identify the presence of an intellectual disability or particularly bright children. The Woodcock-Johnson IV Test of Cognitive Abilities (WJ IV COG) is utilised which measures a wide range of cognitive abilities. However, the Wechsler Intelligence Test for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V) will be used if government funding or special provision is warranted.
A cognitive assessment typically consists of the following (additional sessions may be required depending on the working speed and concentration/ attention of your child):
- An initial consultation without your child to obtain a detailed developmental history and background information (50 minutes)
- Cognitive assessment (120 minutes)
- Results are provided in a concise, practical report with tailored recommendations
- A final feedback session to discuss the results (50 minutes)