Assessments

Ethos offers a range of evidence-based assessments that can provide vital information about your child’s behavioural, intellectual and educational development. Our specialised assessments can give invaluable information about your child’s development, learning and behaviour.

All of our assessments are conducted by qualified psychologists who have extensive experience in psychological assessment for children. Every assessment comes with a report that is highly specialised and clearly explains the results and provides individualised recommendations. We make sure you are informed every step of the way and take the time to go through the results with you fully.

All assessments involve:

  • A parent interview and review of your child’s developmental and family history and present concerns.
  • Observation of your child in their educational or another natural setting.
  • Standardised behavioural questionnaires completed with parents and teacher(s).
  • Feedback session to discuss findings and recommendations.
  • Comprehensive written report with positive support strategies and practical recommendations.

Discovery Session

If you have concerns about any aspect of your child’s development a Discovery Session can assist with determining if further steps should be taken. Our Discovery Session is an informal screening that allows us to spend time with your child and develop a basic understanding of their skills and needs.

Our specialists take your child through a set of tasks that focus on developmentally appropriate skills in the areas of communication, play and social interactions, motor skills, planning, problem solving and attention. We provide you with immediate feedback on our findings and discuss areas of concerns and recommendations for supporting these.

Book a Discovery Session for your child here.

Psychoeducational Assessment

This is a formal assessment using standardised procedures and tests that allow us to determine if your child is performing at a level expected for their age. The assessment includes a range of tests and questionnaires that your child undertakes individually at our centre. These tests evaluate cognitive, memory, neurological, language, academic, behavioural and emotional development. Along with assisting you to make informed decisions regarding your child’s educational placement, optimal learning environment and individual support needs, the results of the assessment may provide a specific diagnosis for your child.

Book an initial meeting for a Psychoeducational Assessment for your child here.

Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Parents are typically the first to notice that their child is showing unusual behaviours. Some of these behaviours include:

  • failing to make eye contact;
  • not responding to their name;
  • playing with toys in an unusual and/or repetitive way;
  • no big smiles or signs of joy within the first 6 months;
  • reduced speech within the first 12 months for example no babbling or baby talk; and,
  • loss of social skills.

Presently, there are no ‘medical’ tests that can diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ethos is a leading provider of diagnostic and intervention services for children with ASD.  We have built a solid reputation for knowledge, excellence and experience.  We are registered with the Australian Psychological Society Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Identified Practitioner List.

Formal assessment provides the psychologist with a more comprehensive understanding of your child’s difficulties, their intellectual abilities and learning, and how they cope in everyday situations. Our diagnostic assessments utilise ‘gold standard’ tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS 2), and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R).  An assessment may also involve a cognitive assessment and observations of your child in their educational setting or another natural setting.

Book an initial meeting for an Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder for your child here.

Behavioural Assessment

Challenging behaviours can be a normal part of development and testing of boundaries as children grow. However, if behaviours persist or are having a detrimental impact on wellbeing and day to day functioning, there may be some underlying difficulties that need to be addressed. In most cases, difficult or challenging behaviour is your child’s way of communicating an underlying need.

A Behavioural Assessment can help to determine what the underlying function of the behaviour is for your child and the factors that may be maintaining it. We are then able to provide a Behavioural Support Programme to assist in making behavioural changes.

A Behavioural Assessment can also be invaluable in managing challenging behaviours in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Developmental Delay or other learning and developmental difficulties.

Book an initial meeting for a Behavioural Assessment for your child here.

Occupational Therapy Evaluation

An evaluation by our Occupational Therapist can assess your child’s gross motor  , fine motor , visual motor, visual perceptual, self-care living , and sensory processing skills. The evaluation will consist of standardised and non-standardised assessment tools, a parent interview and clinical observations to assess your child’s performance in each of these areas.

Book an initial meeting for an Occupational Therapy Evaluation for your child here.

Assessment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Most children become excited when they are around their friends, experiencing something new or playing games. Most children will become impatient when told to wait for something they are looking forward to. On the other hand, most children are able to be in a classroom and sit still while the teacher gives a lesson. They are also able to concentrate on and complete the work they are given. They may not enjoy the process of waiting but will still be able to control themselves. Some children cannot contain their excitement, their energy or their impulses, and also cannot sustain their attention long enough to learn and behave well in a classroom situation.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) describes what happens when a child’s level of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity goes beyond what would reasonably be expected and interferes with their capacity to process information and adapt their behaviour to different contexts.

Given that the problems of children with ADHD often go beyond the disorder itself, an assessment for ADHD at Ethos includes evaluation of primary symptoms associated with the diagnosis along with other aspects of your child’s behavioural, emotional and social functioning. An assessment will include observations of your child at their educational setting, questionnaires for parents, teachers and if appropriate your child, and individual tests of attention, executive function, social perception and other areas of learning and processing speed as indicated.

Book an initial meeting for an Assessment for ADHD for your child here.