PSYCHOMETRIC ASSESSMENT

Children


A comprehensive psycho-diagnostic assessment can be performed on the following areas:

Cognitive functioning:
This is measured by an individual intelligence test to produce an IQ score. This score reflects both verbal and non-verbal subtests which give an idea of a child’s general intelligence. The assessment measures also provide a profile of the child’s strengths and areas of development.

Emotional and affective functioning:
Projective methods are used to elicit the child’s emotional functioning. They are also able to identify how the child views his or her environment (home and school) and their unique role in it. These measures are also able to provide insight into family functioning and the impact of this on the child.

Clinical Assessment:
Included in a psychometric assessment is a clinical assessment for mental and developmental disorders related to childhood. These include behavioural disorders such as ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and Conduct Disorder, emotional disturbances such as Anxiety and Mood disorders and developmental and learning disorders such as Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum disorder and Communication Disorders.

Adolescents

Adolescents may be assessed in the following areas:

  • Intellectual Ability (IQ)
  • Aptitude
  • Emotional and affective functioning
  • Career counselling and Interests
  • Values
  • Subject choice guidance
  • Clinical Assessment of mental disorders (Depression, Anxiety etc)
  • Personality traits

 

Adults:


Adults may be assessed in the following areas:

  • Intellectual Ability (IQ)
  • Emotional and affective functioning
  • Personality Profiling
  • Clinical Assessment of mental disorders (Depression, Anxiety etc)

Psychometric assessment usually consists of one or two assessment and history taking sessions after which certain tests are selected based on the assessment needs. The administration of psychometric measures may take a few sessions after which a report is generated and feedback given. The aim of psychometric assessment is:

  • To assist in understanding a child’s abilities and areas of development in order to maximise their school experience.
  • To provide information on career choice and abilities unique to individuals.
  • Allow parents to understand their child’s emotional functioning.
  • Gain insight into personality functioning.

Each child is assessed as an individual and will have a unique battery of tests assembled to achieve the necessary goals. Please contact to arrange an appointment to discuss your psychometric assessment needs. Please note that Medical Aids do not cover psychometric assessment.