Psychological Assessments

An individually administered intelligence test for individuals between the ages of 2.5 and 90 inclusive. The test can take up to 2 hours to administer and generates a Full Scale IQ (formerly known as an intelligence quotient or IQ score) which represents a child’s general intellectual ability. It also provides five primary index scores (i.e., Verbal Comprehension Index, Visual Spatial Index, Fluid Reasoning Index, Working Memory Index, and Processing Speed Index) that represent an individual’s abilities in more discrete cognitive domains.

suitable for use in a variety of clinical and educational settings, including schools, clinics and private practices to identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student (aged over 4 yrs, up to 19 yrs). The results can be interpreted by our team to inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services, educational placement, or diagnosis of a specific learning disability, and to design instructional objectives and plan interventions.

Brilliant Life Services provide assessments for autism across the lifespan. A comprehensive assessment can identify developmental difficulties and determine what strategies and supports will assist someone to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

Brilliant Life Services follows the “National Guidelines for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder”, and use gold standard assessment tools such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R).

The Conners 3 is an assessment tool designed to measure a range of behaviours in children from six to 18 years. It is a thorough assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its most common comorbid problems and disorders. The Conners 3 typically takes 20 minutes and is completed by parents, caregivers, teachers and children aged eight years and above. This provides us with information across home, social and school settings.

 

Skills assessed with Conners 3

Inattention/Hyperactivity/Impulsivity

Learning Problems

Executive Functioning

Defiance/Aggression

Peer/Family Relations

Conners 3 helps clinicians to inform an ADHD diagnosis with results that have direct connections to DSM-5 symptom criteria. It also assesses common comorbid disorders (Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder) to assist clinicians with differential diagnosis. The scores obtained inform intervention and treatment strategies by identifying specific challenge areas to work on. The forms can also be utilised to create progress reports and monitor response to intervention and determine the effectiveness of treatment.

 

Conners 3 is a reliable and dependable tool designed to support the diagnostic and identification process as well as inform the intervention and treatment plan.

The Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Third Edition (WRAML3) measures short- and long-term memory functioning and the ability to learn new material in children and adults. This flexible and engaging lifespan assessment includes updated norms, content, and artwork reflective of today’s population.

Features

The WRAML3 is composed of immediate, delayed and recognition memory, attention/concentration, and working memory subtests.

  • Content relevant for lifespan assessments including age-appropriate artwork and stories
  • Fun and engaging tasks
  • Expanded coverage of working memory subtests to full age range
  • Appropriate for diverse populations
  • Simplified administration of finger windows
  • Additional scores for qualitative analysis

Involves the administration, scoring, and interpretation of empirically supported measures of personality traits and styles in order to: 

  • Refine clinical diagnoses; 
  • Structure and inform psychological interventions; and 
  • Increase the accuracy of behavioral prediction in a variety of contexts and settings (e.g., clinical, forensic, organizational, educational).

Many parents are concerned that their child may be struggling in the classroom but are not sure what factors might be getting in the way of their learning. Learning difficulties are where a child experiences problems learning new information, which can significantly affect their achievement at school.

Example WRAT5

 

The Wide Range Achievement Test Fifth Edition (WRAT5) provides an accurate and easy-to-administer way to assess and monitor the reading, spelling, and math skills, and helps identify possible learning disabilities.

A vocational test or vocational assessment is used to analyse and assess an individuals skills and experience, work interests and determine suitable vocations based on the current employment needs and what the individual is capable of physically and psychologically.

A Vocational Test/Assessment is conducted in order to determine an individual’s skills, knowledge, and aptitude in a variety of areas, with the purpose of identifying and determining their level of functioning in their job, and future decision-making around employment.

The Vocational Assessment will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • A thorough psychosocial history
  • Standard testing using standardised assessment tools
  • Review of current functioning, transferable skills, issues, challenges, etc.
  • Review of past and current employment
  • Review of environmental factors
  • Review of personality traits
  • Review of current labour market 
  • Reporting and feedback.

Brilliant Life Services also offers vocational counselling for individuals who would like assistance with career direction upon completion of their assessment. 

An adaptive behaviour assessment is required for the diagnosis of Intellectual Disability. A teacher/parent detailed form is completed and the results are compiled by the psychologist.

Everyone goes through tough times. But sometimes, the negative way someone feels inside — depressed, anxious, wanting to avoid people, having trouble thinking — may be more than the ups and downs most people feel now and then. If symptoms like these start to get in the way of your life, or that of a loved one, it’s important to take action. Research shows that getting help early can prevent symptoms from getting worse and make a full recovery more likely.

The first step is to get a mental health assessment. It usually involves a couple of different things. You may answer questions verbally, get physical tests, and fill out a questionnaire.

Mental health history. Your doctor will ask questions about how long you’ve had your symptoms, your personal or family history of mental health issues, and any psychiatric treatment you’ve had.

Personal history. Your doctor may also ask questions about your lifestyle or personal history: Are you married? What sort of work do you do? Did you ever serve in the military? Have you ever been arrested? What was your upbringing like? Your doctor may ask you to list the biggest sources of stress in your life or any major traumas you’ve had.

Mental evaluation. You’ll answer questions about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. You may be asked about your symptoms in more detail, such as how they affect your day-to-day life, what makes them better or worse, and whether and how you’ve tried to manage them on your own. Your doctor will also observe your appearance and behavior: Are you irritable, shy, or aggressive? Do you make eye contact? Are you talkative? How do you appear, compared with others your age?

Cognitive evaluation. During the assessment, your doctor will gauge your ability to think clearly, recall information, and use mental reasoning. You may take tests of basic tasks, like focusing your attention, remembering short lists, recognizing common shapes or objects, or solving simple math problems. You may answer questions about your ability to do daily responsibilities, like caring for yourself or going to work.

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