Cognitive assessment

Cognitive assessment

A cognitive or neuropsychological assessment investigates a person's underlying abilities that impact their learning, academic potential and daily living skills. Cognitive functions include intellect, short and long-term memory, phonological skills, academic abilities, attention, executive function, processing speed and visuospatial skills.

Cognitive Assessments


A cognitive or neuropsychological assessment investigates a person's underlying abilities that impact their learning, academic potential and daily living skills. Cognitive functions include intellect, short and long-term memory, phonological skills, academic abilities, attention, executive function, processing speed and visuospatial skills. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, but sometimes certain weaknesses can hold someone back from showing their full potential at work or in school. An assessment will help determine areas of difficulty and help put in place support, adaptations and strategies where appropriate.

Assessments can diagnose:


Giftedness

Dyslexia

Dyscalculia

Dysgraphia

Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Memory problems

General global learning difficulties

Dysgraphia and issues with handwriting


What happens as part of the assessment?


Clinical interview - understanding the main strengths and weaknesses.

Psychometric assessment - games, tests and puzzles on iPad and paper and pen.

Liaison with school or workplace - understanding the impact of difficulties on academic or work performance.

The psychology report outlines the assessment findings and makes tailored recommendations for school, work and home.

Feedback session - to discuss the report and its main findings and recommendations.


Examples of different types of support that can result from the assessment:


Compensatory strategies and coaching

Adaptation and changes to the environment

Teaching Assistant (TA) support in lessons

Specific educational interventions at school and home (e.g., extra phonics, maths, social skills training)

Adjustment in examinations ( e.g., extra time, rest breaks)

Neuro-rehabilitation (if appropriate and evidence-based).

Parent Coaching

Assessments from other health professionals

Input into or the initiation of Education Health Care Plan assessments

School/workplace visits to discuss findings and recommendations

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