Assessments.

Assessments

Taylored Psychology conducts the following assessments:

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Assessing for academic/learning abilities provides a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s cognitive abilities, academic skills, and if necessary adaptive and socio-emotional functioning. An academic/learning assessment is typically conducted to gather information about an individual’s cognitive and academic strengths, weaknesses, and overall functioning to inform educational planning and intervention strategies.

These assessments are used to identify learning difficulties, developmental delays, intellectual disability/giftedness, or other conditions that may impact an individual’s educational performance.

The results of the assessment help in the development of appropriate educational plans, interventions, and accommodations tailored to the individual’s specific needs.

An assessment of functional capacity evaluates an individual’s ability to function independently and adapt to their environment. It assesses an individual’s skills and behaviours across various domains of daily life (i.e., daily living skills, social and communication skills, personal and community safety).

The results of an adaptive functioning assessment provide valuable information about an individual’s functional strengths, weaknesses, and areas where support or intervention may be needed. This information can guide treatment planning, educational programming, and the development of strategies and supports to enhance an individual’s independence, social integration, and overall functioning in daily life.

Taylored Psychology undertakes functional capacity assessments to assist with applications for the NDIS in relation to intellectual disability/developmental delay and psychosocial disability.

An ADHD assessment gathers comprehensive information about an individual’s symptoms, behaviours, cognitive abilities and functioning in order to determine if they meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

It involves a thorough evaluation of symptoms, such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, and their impact on daily life across different settings (e.g., home, school, work).

An ADHD assessment provides valuable information for developing an appropriate treatment plan and is also valuable to provide recommendations into strategies that may improve an individual’s functioning across different domains of life, particularly work and school.

ADHD assessments are typically most useful for school-aged children to inform tailored interventions to support the child with learning. There can also be a number of benefits for an adult ADHD assessment. However, many adults experiencing ADHD symptoms would benefit from alternative assessment pathways due to different referral questions and support needs. In particular, if you think you may want to seek medication as a treatment option, you would be best to undertake an assessment with a psychiatrist (who are the only medical practitioners in South Australia who can prescribe medications as treatment for ADHD). If you would like to explore your options, an assessing psychologist can discuss the pros and cons of an adult ADHD assessment and the options available to you. This can be done as a standalone appointment, or as part of a larger assessment package. If you are accessing therapy services with a psychologist, you can also enquire with them as the pros and cons and options available.

An ASD assessment gathers comprehensive information about an individual’s behaviour, development, social interaction and functional and cognitive capacity to determine if they meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It involves evaluating the presence and severity of core symptoms, including difficulties with social communication and interaction, restricted and repetitive behaviours, and sensory differences.

An ASD assessment can provide support and guidance for individuals and families by offering an understanding of strengths and challenges. It can help individuals and families access appropriate resources, interventions, and community support services.

ASD assessments may be undertaken as a Single Clinician Diagnostic Evaluation, or a Dual/Team Diagnostic Evaluation. A Single Clinician Diagnostic Evaluation is suited to clients whose clinical presentation is sufficiently clear and a diagnostic decision can be reliably made with high confidence by one suitably qualified and experienced clinician (i.e., GP or a clinical, educational/developmental, or neuro psychologist).

Dual/Team Diagnostic Evaluations are suited to individuals whose presentation is more complex or subtle, and where an accurate diagnostic determination of these individuals requires assessment from a broader multidisciplinary team.

Taylored Psychology undertakes Single Clinician Diagnostic Evaluations by clinical psychologists. A Single Clinician Diagnostic Evaluation will result in one of the following three outcomes:

(1) high confidence that the individual does not meet diagnostic criteria for ASD or another clinical diagnosis.

(2) high confidence that the individual does meet diagnostic criteria for ASD or another clinical diagnosis.

(3) high confidence not yet being achieved as to whether the individual meets diagnostic criteria for ASD or another clinical diagnosis, and a Team Diagnostic Evaluation is required.

If it is considered that a second opinion is required following a Taylored Psychology Single Clinician Diagnostic Evaluation, referral recommendations will be provided and Taylored Psychology will collaborate with other clinicians as required to further the assessment.

We can also assist with advising if you or your child are eligible for services or funding such as those provided by Autism SA or the NDIS.

The following link provides further information regarding assessment for ASD:

Autism Awareness Australia – Getting a Diagnosis

The assessment process may involve some or all of the following steps:

  • Pre-assessment questionnaire
  • Initial interview (developmental/biopsychosocial history/review of referral question/selection of psychometric test battery)
  • Review of collateral information (reports, assessments, letters)
  • Psychometric test battery administration/testing sessions
  • Behavioural observations
  • Report preparation
  • Feedback session

The initial interview (approximately one hour) will be scheduled first. If the referral question and/or history are complex, additional time may be needed to complete the initial interview. Your assessing clinician may also send out a pre-assessment questionnaire to be completed prior to the initial interview. This is to gather background information on you (or your child).

Once the type of assessment and the psychometric test battery required is determined (based on the referral question and background history obtained) a quote will be provided. On approval of the quote by you, a series of appointments will be scheduled. Depending on the test battery required, the psychometric testing can take place over several sittings (of approximately two hours each) across a number of weeks. Many of our psychometric tests are administered using iPads, or via an online function, which can be a fun approach to undergoing testing.

Observation sessions (approximately one hour) will also be scheduled around the time of testing if required. Charges for travel time will also apply.

The report is then prepared, which can take up to six weeks and can require anywhere from 2-10 hours depending on complexity.

Once the report is complete a feedback session will be scheduled (one hour). This session provides an overview of the assessment results, any relevant diagnostic considerations and an overview of the recommendations.

Overall, the full assessment process may take two to three months to complete.

Please ensure you arrive on-time to your scheduled appointments. If you arrive late and testing cannot be completed additional costs will be incurred because of the need to schedule additional appointments.

Assessment fees are charged per hour for face-to-face meetings (initial interview, behavioural observations, feedback sessions), per test administration hour and per hour for report writing, in addition to the costs of the tests themselves.

Therefore, the overall cost for an assessment will depend on the nature of the assessment being undertaken, the psychometric test battery to be administered, and the complexity of the presentation.

Every hour of the psychologist involvement is charged at $260.

As a general guide, a fully completed psychological assessment can take anywhere from 8-20 hours so you can expect to pay $2000-$4000 for the fully completed assessment.

Taylored Psychology makes every effort to tailor assessments and related costs to your specific needs – rather than a one-price-fits-all approach. A more exact overall costing will be provided following the initial interview, at which point you can choose whether or not to proceed with the full assessment, or parts thereof.

Assessments costs are paid at each stage of the assessment. The final report will not be provided until total payment is received in full. EFTPOS or EFT payment options are available.

If for some reason you need to cancel or postpone your appointment you must provide at least 48 business hours’ notice for each scheduled appointment, otherwise a 50% cancellation fee will apply.

Medicare rebates may apply for referrals under Medicare’s Complex Neurodevelopment Disorders (made by a psychiatrist or paediatrician) and Eligible Disabilities scheme (made by a GP). Please advise us if you have any such referrals at the time of booking so we can confirm if Medicare rebates will apply.

Private health fund rebates may also apply for psychological assessments depending on your level of cover. You will need to confirm with your private health fund directly.

Unfortunately, assessments are expensive. Psychometric test development is an expensive process and costs are passed on to those who purchase them (psychologists). The training required to correctly administer psychometric tests and interpret results is extensive and so you are also paying for the level of expertise of your assessing psychologist. Assessments also take lot of time to undertake from interviews, assessment sessions, report writing etc – anywhere from 8 to 20 hours depending on the complexity of the assessment. Sometimes we need to access additional specific expertise if unexpected assessment results occur, and there are costs associated with this as well.

It may be that the results of an assessment point to the need for even further assessments of different types. For instance, you may need to undergo a functional capacity/adaptive functioning assessment following an academic/learning abilities assessment if you plan to apply for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Furthermore, even though it was thought a particular assessment would provide an explanation or diagnosis for a range of symptoms, this may not always be the case – symptoms can be explained by many different diagnoses. We will do our best to avoid such an outcome by carefully selecting the test battery.