Psychological Assessments and Services
Our psychological support services for children, adolescents and adults can address a variety of issues. These include:
- Anxiety - individuals (and parents in the cases of young children) learn about worries and anxiety, how to identify triggers and symptoms, and how to use coping mechanisms to manage their anxiety.
- Attention and executive functioning - cognitive and behavioural strategies are provided to address difficulties with attention, focus, memory and processing abilities.
- Emotion regulation - individuals are taught how to regulate their emotions and make adaptive choices in everyday life.
- Social cognition - teaching social skills involves reading social cues, communicating and interacting with others, and building friendships and relationships.
- Behaviour support - our clinicians will assess and develop strategies to support behavioural change for behaviours affecting safety, social relationships, and overall functional capacity.
- Parent support - psychologists at Bright Eyes are also able to offer individualised support to parents to create positive changes in their family, adjust to changes, and navigate caring for a child with additional behavioural, social, or emotional needs.
Bright Eyes staff include accredited clinicians providing the Cool Kids© Child Anxiety Program. This is a cognitive behavioural treatment program developed by the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University.
Results from Cool Kids© research have demonstrated that around 80% of children who complete the program show significant improvement. The Cool Kids© program is designed for children who have met the diagnostic criteria of any anxiety disorder or who report high levels of anxious symptoms.
Diagnostic Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bright Eyes offers comprehensive diagnostic assessment for parents who have concerns about their child’s social development, communication, or behaviour. A trained psychologist uses both the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R) as part of the assessment, which is considered the gold standard in autism diagnosis.
Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessments
Often referred to as IQ or intelligence assessments, a cognitive assessment may be requested to help identify giftedness, an intellectual disability, or as part of a broader assessment (such as assessment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). These assessments can identify areas of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and contribute to an understanding of how we might best support an individual. Bright Eyes commonly uses the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales for Early Childhood (Early SB-5), the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence (WPPSI-V) and Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children (WISC-V).
Where needed, the psychologist may utilise other assessment tools to measure specific components of neurocognitive functioning, such as executive functioning or memory.
Bright Eyes practitioners specialise in assessment and treatment of behavioural concerns. A psychologist or behaviour therapist can work with your child to assess behaviours which are causing them difficulty in their daily life - such as family strain, social difficulties, learning difficulties, or harm to self or others. Assessment may range from screening tools to comprehensive functional behaviour assessment, depending on your child's needs.
Paediatricians or other health professionals working with your child might recommend assessment to determine if your child is meeting developmental milestones. Parents or educators may also refer children for these assessments. A psychologist can work with you and your child to determine if there is a developmental delay present, for which your child may then be recommended early intervention supports. Various assessment tools may be used, depending on what the psychologist feels is most appropriate.
An educational assessment may be recommended if your child is experiencing learning difficulties, or if you or your child’s teachers would like more information regarding particular areas of academic strength or difficulty. Bright Eyes uses the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (Third Edition; WIAT-III) to measure educational domains such as language, reading, written expression, and mathematical ability.
How much do assessments cost? Many assessments at Bright Eyes have a set cost, and others vary depending on the complexity and amount of time required. Please contact our clinic to discuss details further.