About Cognitive Assessments
We provide in-depth cognitive assessments for children and young people (aged 6 to 18). These assessments are designed to identify particular areas of strength, as well as ares which may require additional focus at school. Cognitive assessments provide an overall Full Scale IQ (general intelligence) score. Within this, cognitive assessments also provide detailed results for a range of skills, including:
- Verbal Comprehension
- Visual Spatial Ability
- Fluid Reasoning
- Working Memory Ability
- Processing Speed
As part of a cognitive assessment, we also conduct further ability testing in the following areas:
-Oral Language/Written Expression
In addition, cognitive assessments can provide a pre-screening for neurodevelopmental difficulties such as autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. They can also provide screening for dyslexia. However, it is important to highlight that these do not constitute full assessments of these areas, but rather can guide families on whether a further assessment may be beneficial. We are also happy to facilitate referrals in this regard following a cognitive assessment if appropriate.
What does a cognitive assessment involve?
You can expect a full cognitive assessment appointment to last approximately 2.5 hours. During this time, your child or young person will complete a number of assessments. You may also be asked to complete some questionnaires as well. We allow plenty of time for breaks. We ensure the testing environment is calm and friendly.
If your child or young person requires glasses for reading, please ensure they have these with them. Also, please let us know if your child has any additional difficulties which may affect testing (such as colour blindness or pre-identified learning needs).
We will also conduct an interview with the parent/s or guardian, to get a better sense of the child or young person's developmental history. If it is not appropriate to do so with the child or young person present, this can also be conducted separately over the phone.
We use the latest, most reliable, and widely accepted forms of assessment. These include the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children®-Fifth Edition (WISC®-V) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test®-Third Edition (WIAT®-III) . We may also select further assessments depending on the needs of the family.
We produce a detailed report, including recommendations for schools and families, to best promote the strengths (and develop areas of focus) of the child or young person.
Fees and pricing
The cost for a full cognitive assessment (including detailed report) is £500. If you would like us to feed back in more detail to the family or school, this is priced at our standard rate of £100 per 50 minute session.