What is a cognitive assessment?
A cognitive assessment, otherwise known as an IQ test, is an assessment that measures a range of cognitive abilities. An overall Full-Scale IQ score is provided however of more use is the identification of an individual's cognitive strengths and weaknesses to help guide the development of an individualised learning plan.
Why would my child require a cognitive assessment?
What types of assessments are used?
The cognitive assessment is based on your child's age and language abilities. We offer the following assessments:
As the Wechsler scales do not measure all cognitive ability areas known to be important for academic achievement, selected subtests from other test batteries are also administered to gain a better understanding of an individual's cognitive strengths and weaknesses (known as the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory of cognitive abilities model). Some additional tests administered include:
How should I explain the test to my child?
Rather than explaining the assessment as a 'test' it is better to explain to your child that they will be doing a variety of puzzles and activities with the examiner.
Please make sure your child gets a good nights sleep and has had something to eat before their session. Your child can bring along a drink and small snack to the assessment. If your child is unwell please reschedule your appointment.
If your child wears glasses or hearing aides, please ensure they are worn at the session.