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Behaviour assessments evaluate children’s level of behaviour problems in comparison to their age-matched peers. They measure aspects of behaviour such as inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity, aggression, peer relations and learning problems. Behaviour assessments can assist parents to identify behaviour disorders and develop appropriate treatment plans to tackle challenging behaviours.

A behavioural assessment is used to:

  • Identify and diagnose behaviour disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
  • Evaluate whether treatment plans are improving children’s behaviour
  • Behavioural assessments may be used in combination with cognitive assessments and/or academic achievement assessments to determine if challenging behaviours are a result of an intellectual disability, learning disorder or giftedness.

The benefits of having a behavioural assessment are to:

  • Ensure a correct diagnosis of a behaviour disorder has been made
  • Appropriately describe children’s challenging behaviours
  • Provide advice to parents and teachers to help ensure children’s learning needs are met
  • Access school-based and home-based funding
  • Prevent a child 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

We use the following rating scales to assess behaviour problems in children:

  • Conner’s Early Childhood for children aged 2 to 6 years
  • Conner’s Rating Scale-Third edition for children aged 6 to 18 years

Executive functioning and behaviour

Executive functioning is the conscious regulation of thought, emotion and behaviour. Executive functions help children to initiate doing something, plan what they are going to do, use their working memory, organise their materials and monitor their work. Executive functions also help children to regulate their behaviour by inhibiting their impulses, shifting their behaviour and controlling their emotions. If children have a deficit in their executive functioning, they will find it difficult to have perspective, judgment or control.

By assessing your child’s executive functioning, we are able to determine if they have an underlying executive functioning deficit that may be causing their challenging behaviours. This tool can be particularly useful in evaluating children with a wide spectrum of concerns, such as learning disorders, low birth weight, ADHD, Tourette’s disorder, traumatic brain injury and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The information we gain from using this assessment helps us to thoroughly and accurately diagnose your child’s behaviour concern(s), tailor appropriate treatment options for your child and make appropriate recommendations for home and school.

We use the Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) to assess executive functioning in home and school environments in children aged 5 to 18 years.

If you believe that your child needs a behaviour and/or executive functioning assessment, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

For more information on what to expect in an assessment session with us, please visit our Appointments page.