A social-emotional assessment of a child is essential in the initial stages of therapy but may also be required as part of an educational assessment. This may involve the child drawing, which provides insight into their emotions and self-perceptions, as well as their place in the world, family and school. Other projective tests may also be conducted (such as the Children’s Apperception Test where a child is asked to make up stories to a series of pictures).

A behavioural assessment on concerning behaviours (such as inattention, poor social skills, oppositional behaviours, anxiety and withdrawal) can be in the form of an interview, behaviour observation and/or questionnaires.