A psychological assessment evaluates thinking, learning, emotions and behaviour. It is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques and/or standardized tests to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior, personality, functioning, difficulties and capabilities. The assessment may include interviews, observation, testing and consultation with other professionals involved in your child’s life, like teachers, doctors etc.
Career assessment is a process where I use assessment techniques and tests to determine which career options will suite you best. This is very important as you will be spending half your lifetime doing what you chose.
In my career guidance process I assess and include numerous aspects of the client including individualism. Every person is unique and therefore choosing a career must take individualism into account to really capture aspects that the tests do not tell us.
I utilise self-exploration techniques into my career guidance process because really knowing and exploring who you are and who you are not forms an integral part of what you will enjoy in life and what will make you “tick” at the end of the day. This process provides a narrative report about the client which makes it very specific and the recommendations focused on exactly what suites all your that you are as an individual.
The process where we use assessment techniques and tests to determine what the client’s emotional state is. This part is usually included in the Psycho-Educational Assessments and School Readiness Assessments but will also be used in a therapeutic context where more scientific information is needed. For example to diagnose and refer to psychiatrists etc.
Perceptual development is an aspect of cognitive development that allows a young human being to start interpreting and understanding sensory input. The process of perceptual development is very closely linked to motor development and includes speech, fine and gross motor skills, play and learning skills and also includes the development and use of all the senses. It is basically the age-appropriate ability to receive, process, interpret and respond to sensory information successfully and functionally. This plays a very important part in your child’s learning and development. We as psychologist mostly only do screenings to see if there are any difficulties in this area and then we will refer to the Occupational Therapists if there are any concerns. Perceptual development plays a big part in the school readiness assessments.
This is a process where we assess all aspects of your child between the ages of 3 years and 18 years. Usually it done to determine if there are any learning difficulties, what the child’s cognitive functioning is as well as current functioning on all levels. This process includes the following:
- Cognitive Functioning Assessment
- Scholastic Functioning Assessments
- Emotional Assessments
- Perceptual Assessments
- May also include neurological assessments, concentration and hyperactivity assessments, behavioral assessments
This process is undertaken to determine if your child is ready to cope in Grade 1 and if it is in your child’s best interest to move forward to formal education at that point in time. Therefore this assessment is usually done when your child is in Grade R. It includes various tests and techniques and focuses on age-appropriate milestones and development in all areas of the child including perceptual development (refer to Perceptual Screening Assessments above) and cognitive functioning.
These assessments assist us in determining at what level your child’s functioning is currently in terms of schoolwork.