These assessments are standardized Psychological tests that are used to provide estimates of the child’s intellectual functioning. Often referred to as IQ tests they are used to provide a cognitive profile of the child’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses. Cognitive assessments are also used to provide a comparison of cognitive functioning between the child and peers of the same age. Cognitive assessments are used for a number of reasons including eligibility for applications with various government agencies such as the department of health and aging as well as assistance with decision making regarding appropriate school placement and levels of support.
The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®- Fifth Edition Australian Standardised Edition (WISC-IV) provides essential information and critical clinical insights into a child’s cognitive functioning.
Using updated norms to match the current Australian census data it is designed to provide a profile of intellectual functioning of children aged 6.0-16.11 years.
The WISC-V provides scores that represent intellectual functioning in five specified domains, Verbal Comprehension IQ, Visual Spatial IQ, Fluid Reasoning IQ, Processing Speed IQ and Working Memory IQ.
The WISC-V also provides a full scale IQ score measuring general intellectual ability
WIAT-III : Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (Aus & NZ)
The WIAT-III A&NZ is a measure of academic achievement.
Using a total of 16 sub-tests it provides information to identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student, assist with making informed decisions regarding eligibility for educational services, educational placement, or diagnosis of a specific learning disability.
The WIAT-III is further designed to assist with instructional objectives and plan interventions that will assist with intervention and skill development.
ABAS-3 : Adaptive Functioning Assessment
The Adaptive Behvaiour Assessment system (ABAS-3) is a comprehensive, norm-referenced assessment of adaptive skills needed to effectively and independently care for ones-self, respond to others, and meet environmental demands at home, school, work and in the community.
The ABAS-3 is a versatile instrument and allows for a variety of respondents including parents/carers in addition teachers and other professionals.
The ABAS-3 cab be used for individuals from birth to 89 years in many different settings.
The ABAS-3 reflects current standards of describing adaptive behaviour and diagnosing conditions in which it may be impaired.
The results of the ABAS-3 are also used assess and create interventions to support and promote daily living skills and an individual’s overall quality of life.
MASC2: Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children
The MASC2 is a comprehensive, multi-rater assessment of anxiety dimensions in children and adolescents aged 8 to 19 years. The MASC2 assists in rating the range and severity of anxiety related symptoms and I useful in the process of diagnosing anxiety disorders.
The MASC2 allows various raters to contribute information including parent rating forms and self-assessment forms. This allows feedback from both parents/carers from an observable standpoint as well as self-assessment to assist with identifying valuable information about the internal features of anxiety that are not easily observable by others.
The ABAS2 is also an effective tool for assisting with creating therapy goals for children experiencing anxiety and to measure pre and post treatment presentations.
CONNERS Comprehensive Behaviour Rating Scales
The CONNERS comprehensive behaviour rating scale (Conners CBRS) is a comprehensive assessment tool that assesses a wide range of behavioural, emotional, social and academic concerns and disorders in children and adolescents.
It is a multi-informant assessment that is applicable across multiple settings.
Parent and teacher ratings can be obtained for children and adolescents from 6 to 18 years old and self-report ratings can be completed by 8 to 18year olds.
The Conners CBRS has direct connections to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) used to apply formal diagnosis of all mental conditions.