We use the term neurodivergent as a way of describing people who learn, think and behave slightly differently to those who might be considered more “typical.” People who commonly fit into the neurodivergent category are those who have traits of, or have been diagnosed with, Autism, Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and other learning differences. Identifying neurodivergent traits and profiles has become much more popular over the past decade, and this has contributed to a better understanding of the unique and different ways we all exist and interpret ourselves and the world around us. The benefits of this include deepening our understanding of differences, reducing stigma, accommodating for different learning and social styles, and embracing the strengths of those approaching tasks and interactions in a unique way. There are also some concerns that we have become overly focused on these profiles leading to the over diagnosis and treatment of such experiences. Ascending Psychology is therefore committed to being as objective, thorough and curious about each individual to ensure that any label or narrative will be most beneficial for them as they navigate the future.
Cognitive assessments or intelligence tests on the other hand are a formal way of assessing a person’s individual strengths and difficulties. As Psychologist’s, we have a range of different measures and assessments that we will often use. They are all based on psychological theory and research to ensure they are both valid and reliable instruments. Often, those who are seeking an assessment for neurodivergent conditions will need to complete cognitive testing too as there are often indications in the profiles that are more common in those who are on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) or Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactive (ADHD).
What is involved?
If you or a family member has been referred for an ASD, ADHD &/or cognitive assessment, it will usually happen over three sessions. Initially, you will meet with the Psychologist to better understand the process. During your first visit, the Psychologist will likely ask a range of questions to help them better understand your circumstances.
After this initial appointment a quote will be provided for your review. If this is approved and you wish to proceed, formal testing will be booked in. You may also be e-mailed a series of questionnaires to complete. It is common for observers or other people who know you or the child well to also complete questionnaires too.
The Psychologist will then interpret the results and write a report. After this is completed, you will then be asked to come in for a feedback session. During this session, the Psychologist will summarise the results of the testing and offer any recommendations moving forward.
How much does it cost?
Typically, clients referred for an ADHD, ASD and/or a Cognitive Assessment will be seen over numerous sessions. To determine what is needed for any assessment, the Clinical Psychologist will meet with you or the family for a 60-minute pre-interview that will need to be paid for privately. The cost of this session is $400 and covers the review of any reports or prior testing that have been completed. Thereafter, the Psychologist will determine what type of testing they need to complete. A quote will then be provided before testing is started.
Before receiving the final report, you or the family will be asked to attend a feedback session. It is in this appointment that the report will be released. Payment is required in full before the report is released by the Psychologist. We have a range of payment options available if this is something that you would like to discuss with our friendly team.
Helping Children with Autism (Medicare)
If your child is under 13 years of age and has been referred by a paediatrician or psychiatrist for an assessment relating to autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder, then you may be eligible for a total of 4 medicare rebates worth $89.65. To be eligible for this, we would require a referral letter from either of those professionals to process this on your behalf.
*Occasionally, the Psychologist may recommend that other tests and measures be used based on how the child performs. If this is the case, you will be notified before the assessment starts and if additional costs will be incurred. We will ensure that you are provided a comprehensive quote that will need to be approved this if it the case. Payment is required in full before the report is released by the Psychologist. We have a range of payment options available if this is something that you would like to discuss with our friendly team.