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Cognitive (Intellectual)

Cognitive assessments are commonly known as intelligence tests. They measure intellectual ability. Cognitive assessments are useful in determining children’s true ability so that parents and teachers can ensure that children’s learning needs are met.

Cognitive assessments are used to:

The benefits of having a cognitive assessment are to:

  • Determine children’s true ability
  • Help children understand how their intellectual abilities affect their learning
  • Provide advice to teachers to assist them in developing Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) that meet children’s specific learning needs
  • Provide evidence to schools and universities to obtain provisions (eg. getting a reader/writer) for formal examinations
  • Provide evidence to schools to obtain extension activities for gifted children
  • Prevent children from experiencing negative outcomes at school, including: poor results, disruptive behaviour patterns, school avoidance and refusal, low self esteem and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression
  • Access school-based and home-based funding

Assessment Process

We use the following cognitive assessments:

  • Wechsler Preschool/Primary Scale of Intelligence - Fourth edition (WPPSI-IV) for young children aged 2 years and 6 months to 7 years and 7 months
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth edition (WISC-IV) for children aged 6 years to 16 years and 11 months
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth edition (WAIS-IV) for young adults and adults aged 16 and 90 years and 11 months
  • Stanford Binet - Fifth edition (SB-5) for people aged 2 to 85+

These cognitive assessments measure:

  • Verbal comprehension – the ability to express general knowledge using words
  • Perceptual reasoning – the ability to problem solve without words
  • Memory functioning – the ability to concentrate and recall new information
  • Processing speed – the ability to quickly process material

If you believe that your child needs a cognitive (intellectual) assessment, please contact us to schedule an appointment

See Appointments for more information on what to expect in an assessment session with us.