At Redwood Psychology, our clinical and educational psychologists provide a comprehensive range of psychological assessment services for children, adolescents and adults. Types of psychological assessments available include psychological evaluation, psycho-educational assessment and forensic psychological assessment.
The main purpose of psychological testing is to help adults gain a better understanding of his/her behaviour, identify personal difficulties with cognition, and better understand personal strengths and weaknesses.
This evaluation includes an assessment of cognitive, emotional and behavioural functioning.
Each evaluation is tailored to the specific needs of the individual. At times, tests will be administered to assist each individual with diagnosis and treatment planning.
Psycho-educational assessments are suited for children and adolescents aged 3 – 16. These assessments are useful in identifying your child’s capacities in areas of functioning that relate closely to their school achievement. The assessments can be used to assess for school readiness, identify giftedness, learning differences, facilitate special education services, accommodations in the classroom, as well as for diagnosis (e.g., specific learning disorder, autism, ADHD).
Psychological assessment is not simply administering a test. There is no such thing as an ADHD test or dyslexia test. Accurate assessment and diagnosis require experience and expertise in triangulating evidence gathered from multiple sources. It involves differentiating and ruling out other potential causes that can result in symptoms that mimic these conditions.
A full learning assessment includes minimally a cognitive assessment (IQ test) and an academic skills assessment. The combination of these tests provides valuable information not revealed by any test on its own. Additional tests or questionnaires may be useful depending on the presenting issues, such as, social, emotional, attentional and behavioural challenges.
Forensic Psychological Assessment
Specific forensic psychology services we offer are psychological assessments, expert opinions and medico-legal reports for criminal law and family law matters.
Our expertise lies in violence risk, suicide risk, sexual offending risk assessments, personality assessments, and diagnosis of psychopathology.
The assessment process starts off with a clinical interview, followed by the use of standardised assessment tools (e.g. cognitive/ achievement/ personality) and semi-structured clinical tools specifically designed for use in forensic settings. Other assessment procedures (e.g. review of medical/ educational records, behavioural observation and corroborating interviews) are included as required.