What is a psychological assessment?
Psychologists use assessments to gather information and develop a picture about a person's ability and/or behaviour. The way we collect information may include interviewing, observing, formal psychological testing and from other professionals like teachers. If we administer a formal psychological test this will involve administering the test, then scoring it and interpreting the results of the test. Once we have collected information, we are able to get a better picture of a person's abilities and/or behaviour. At the end of the assessment process, we will give you a full report outlining what we found and our recommendations from these findings. The information we get from a psychological assessment can help inform planning and treatment in areas such as education, work and general functioning.
What type of assessments do UMCS offer?
We offer a comprehensive child, adolescent and adult assessment service. This includes:
Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments
How long does it take to do an assessment?
The amount of time taken to complete a full assessment varies, depending on the reason for the assessment. Usually, assessments will be structured as follows:
You will have an initial assessment where we collect information needed to help us with our assessment.
We may ask you to fill out an assessment form/s or we may contact another professional to speak with them to gather information or ask them to complete assessment forms.
We usually then book one or more assessment sessions where we administer assessment tools. After the assessment session/s, we will score the assessment and interpret the scores. This is done considering all the information we have collected throughout the assessment process. We will then prepare a detailed report in preparation of your feedback session.
We have a feedback session with you. At this session we will discuss our findings and our recommendations and provide you with a copy of your assessment report.
What assessment tools do you use?
We use a range of assessment tools. The type of tools we use will vary and will depend on what information we need to gather to help us develop a picture about a person's abilities and/or behaviour. Some of the main tools we use include:
Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2)
Wechsler Adult Intellectual Scale - 4th ed (WAIS)
Wechsler Intellectual Scale for Children - 5th ed (WISC)
Do we need a referral to have a psychological assessment?
No you do not. However, in some instances, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for some of your assessment sessions. Up to to 4 sessions may be rebated for people aged under 25 years of age for the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorder (such as autism) and other approved disabilities. To access the Medicare rebate for a neurodevelopmental disorder (autism) assessments, you will need to get the referral from either a paediatrician or psychiatrist to see us. To access the Medicare rebate for the assessment of other eligible disabilities, you will need a referral from your GP or a specialist physician.