Educational Assessments

The Mindful Clinic now offers comprehensive Educational Assessments for Children and Adolescents aged 6 - 16 years.

What is an Educational Assessment?

An Educational Assessment is an evaluation of your child’s cognitive (IQ) and academic (learning) abilities.

This Assessment will be helpful if:

-         Your child is struggling at school

-         You want to know your child’s strengths, weaknesses and how they learn best

-         You want to know how your child is performing compared with their peers and grade-based expectations.

-         You would like to establish whether your child is gifted

-         Your child’s school wants to apply for funding under the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD)

Further information about Specific Learning Disabilities can be found here.

What does an Educational Assessment involve?

  1. A telephone consultation with parents and/or teachers to gather background information about your child's development, family, school, social, emotional and physical health.
  2. Assessment of your child’s cognitive and academic abilities (undertaken over two testing sessions, each lasting 2 hours)
  3. A detailed report including a profile of your child’s intellectual functioning, thinking and reasoning skills, academic strengths, weaknesses and learning style. Recommendations are offered for school and home.
  4. A parent feedback session (30 mins)

What happens during the testing?

Testing sessions are typically scheduled in the morning, and it is important to provide your child with water and a snack (for the break). The testing consists of a variety of questions, puzzles, stories, and games. Some of the tests will be challenging, but most children enjoy the sessions.

What is measured?

Standardised cognitive and academic tests are used, including those appropriate for funding applications, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-II). Additional tests are selected for your child/adolescent as required.

 

The Cognitive test assesses:

 

The Academic test assesses:

  • Perceptual and Spatial skills            
  • Reading
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Spelling
  • Planning ability
  • Mathematics
  • Attention
  • Written expression
  • Memory
  • Fluency (speed of reading/writing/calculating)
  • Auditory and Visual processing
  • Listening comprehension
  • Language skills
  • Oral expression
  • Verbal reasoning
 

 

How much does it cost?

The costs for Educational Assessment are guided by the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) recommended fee schedule.

2015 Fee Schedule

The cost for an Educational Assessment is $1,400.
This package includes all testing sessions, consultations and preparation of the report (which is specific to your child and not computer-generated).

Fees are to be made in three payments:

$500 non-refundable fee to be paid at the time of booking; and

$450 is to be paid at the conclusion of the first appointment; and

$450 is to be paid at the feedback meeting, at which time the report will be provided.


Payment can be made by EFTPOS or Bank Transfer prior to the session. 

Private Health Insurance: Some private health funds offer rebates for psychological assessments. Please check with your insurer to determine any rebates you might be eligible to receive. Please note that Medicare does not provide rebates on Educational Assessments.