Ethos Know Me is the initial step that needs to be taken to help your child achieve success. Know Me focuses on gathering information about your child that can help us to know them, what they do well, what they are challenged by and what they need support with.
Mostly, Know Me is based around assessments, but not every child needs, or may be able to, undergo a formal assessment. This is why Ethos starts all of our services with a comprehensive initial consultation that we call Getting to Know Me.
During the Getting to Know Me initial consultation, parents meet with the psychologist to discuss current issues, review history and any relevant documents such as school reports and previous assessments. At the same time, your child will meet with our specialists to help us get to know them. We may also ask you to complete some questionnaires.
Once we have reviewed all of this information we can discuss with you whether an assessment would be a good next step for your child.
An assessment is carried out by our qualified psychologist and is administered one-on-one. It may take place over a number of sessions and usually includes the following components:
- School Consultation: We may arrange to observe your child in their classroom and talk to their teachers.
- Assessment: The actual assessment can take between two hours and two days and includes interactive administration of various tests and questionnaires.
- Report and Recommendations: Based on test results, interview insights, and questionnaire findings, the psychologist produces a comprehensive report summarising and explaining the findings, diagnosis, if given, and, subsequently makes recommendations for strategic home and school accommodations and support strategies.
- Feedback Session: The psychologist meets with parents and teachers either separately or together, to review the results, recommendations and support programmes and address how to move forward.
Ethos is able to provide diagnostic and specialized assessments in the following areas:
A psychoeducational assessment is the most comprehensive type of assessment that can be undertaken. This is usually suggested if your child has not had an assessment before as it covers a wide range of areas of your child’s development and learning. A psychoeducational assessment will provide a basis for a diagnosis if this is indicated and a means of accessing specialist support in and out of school.
A psychoeducational assessment covers:
- Cognitive processing abilities – logical reasoning, memory, attention and executive functioning;
- Academic knowledge – reading, writing and math;
- Communication – receptive, expressive and pragmatic language
- Social, behavioural and emotional functioning.
A psychoeducational assessment is an intensive process undertaken over two full days. It can provide a diagnosis for learning disorders, attention disorders, language disorders and other developmental disorders.
Autism (ASD) Assessment
Children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can show a wide range of differences in behaviour and communication, which is why it is known as a spectrum, and why it can be difficult to accurately diagnose. Often families are told their child has a developmental delay, communication disorder, ADHD or are just shy or quirky. However, early identification and treatment are very important in influencing the long-term outcomes for children with ASD.
Ethos Autism Assessment uses the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2), assessment tools identified by the American Psychiatric Association and Australian Psychological Society as the ‘gold standard’ for the diagnosis of ASD, in their assessment. These are accompanied by questionnaires and assessments of sensory, social communication and adaptive behaviours to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s functioning.
Autism Assessments can be conducted from 2 years of age.
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can impact every area of your child’s life, from friendships and family interactions, to school achievement, self-esteem and even personal safety. Although children with ADHD are often bright and talented, impulsivity, irritability and distractibility frequently hinder their progress and performance. In time, behaviours such as fidgeting in class, forgetting assignments and being emotionally volatile can define a child, eclipsing other aptitudes and abilities.
An ADHD Assessment evaluates your child’s attentional skills, concentration, self-regulation, organisation and impulse control. Assessment of cognitive ability, academic skills, language and motor skills can also be included in this assessment if a formal diagnosis is required. Information must also be gathered from at least two people who interact with your child on a regular basis and from two different settings such as a parent and a teacher.
ADHD Assessments can be conducted with children from around 4 years of age.
Cognitive Profile Assessment
Just as each person has a unique fingerprint, we also possess a unique combination of the core cognitive traits. A Cognitive Profile Assessment can help you understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses and provide information and guidance on how to support your child’s cognitive development.
A Cognitive Profile Assessment assesses a number of reasoning and information-processing skills that play a pivotal role in learning and educational success. Due to brain plasticity, many of the core cognitive abilities can be strengthened and developed if training starts early in life.
Cognitive assessments can be undertaken for children from the age of six years. Ethos uses the Weschler range of tests including the WISC-IV Vietnamese translation.
Cognitive Profile Assessments can also be conducted for adults.
A Cognitive Profile Assessment can take between 2-3 hours to complete.
A Gifted Assessment is conducted to determine whether a child is functioning above the age expectation in their ability to reason and solve problems. A Gifted Assessment assesses your child’s abilities in the areas that are most predictive of academic success in formal educational settings.
This assessment is often required for placement of children in special extension or gifted programmes.
You may consider a Gifted Assessment if your child is academically advanced, shows curiosity and interest in learning, has advanced verbal skills, is a creative thinker.
Ethos uses the Weschler range of tests including the WISC-IV Vietnamese translation (ages 6 to 16 years). Gifted Assessments can be undertaken for children from the age of three years.
A Gifted Assessment can take between 2-3 hours to complete.
Early childhood is one of the critical stages for child development. The ability of the brain to change with new experiences makes this an ideal time to ensure that your child is making the most of their learning opportunities. If you are concerned about how your child is developing, if they have some developmental milestones or if you just want to make sure that everything is on track, an Infant Assessment can provide an accurate picture of your child’s developmental accomplishments and challenges.
An Infant assessment covers a large number of developmental areas including:
- Adaptive behaviour and self-help
- Motor (fine and gross motor)
An Infant Assessment is suitable for children from 1 month to 42 months.