Psychology Assessments

Side by Side Psychology provides assessments to help with a variety of questions about your child’s development. We are experienced in completing assessments related to understanding whether a child has autism, whether there are learning differences that fit a specific criteria and whether the learning style and needs of your child requires specific support and what that support should look like. We complete a variety of assessments such as standardised tests, in depth interviews and observation to answer those questions.

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Kate’s nephew, playing with some of the toys you might see in a child play and assessment session.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

Autism Assessments

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the collective term for a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterised by impairments in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and by repetitive patterns of behaviour and restricted interests (National Guidelines for ASD assessment, 2017).

This term has been in use for the past 7 years, but others may also be familiar with the term Aspergers Syndrome or Autistic Disorder.  ASD includes these terms as well.  ASD is only one of many physical and mental health conditions that can affect an individual, and there are many instances in which atypical neurodevelopment may have significant functional impacts on an individual, but not necessarily meet the diagnostic threshold to meet criteria. Even when ASD is strongly suspected, diagnostic assessments must appraise the full range of clinical symptoms and how these have emerged within the environmental context in which the person lives (National Guidelines for ASD assessment, 2017).

Due to the complexity of ASD, the diagnostic process needs to be thorough and completed by a suitably experienced professional who is qualified in this task. Also in line with the recommendations from the Australian Guidelines of Autism Assessment, the assessment should not only answer whether the observed behaviours meet criteria, but also what are the key strengths and challenges that inform future support of the individual.

Other Psychological Assessments

Below are the information sheets you can download, detailing the different kinds of assessments that are commonly completed:

Educational Assessments

This assessment includes assessing cognitive ability and academic achievement.

Developmental/Intellectual Disability Assessments

This assessment includes assessment of cognitive ability and daily living skills, often to determine whether a child has an intellectual disability.

Assessment Price List

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Kate’s nephew, being a child ‘model’ and playing with some of the assessment toys used in a play and assessment session.