Cognitive assessments are formal assessments of a child’s strengths and difficulties in thinking and reasoning. They may include an assessment of a child’s intellectual ability, verbal and non-verbal skills, attention, memory and processing speed. Cognitive assessments are particularly helpful when a child is struggling at school, as they can help to determine where support is needed.
When we carry out a cognitive assessment, we meet with the young person and parent/s or carer/s for an initial assessment to consider what the difficulties are and which type of cognitive assessment would be most helpful. Cognitive assessments involve verbal, non-verbal and visual tasks and usually take place over one or two appointments. A full report will be provided and an appointment arranged to feed back the findings. Further discussion with school professionals can be arranged if required.