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Cognitive assessments

Daniella Saleme is a Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in the use of tests of thinking and learning to help assess an individual’s unique ways of understanding and communicating information. Daniella uses information gathered from the assessment process to inform personalised recommendations for maximising strengths and navigating areas of difficulty. Daniella has training and experience in conducting cognitive assessments for children and adults. More information about Daniella can be found on our About page.

Areas of assessment

Testing of thinking and learning abilities (also called ‘cognitive assessment’) to assess for:

  • Giftedness
  • Learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Assessments utilised

Only ‘gold standard’ assessments (those most supported by scientific evidence) are utilised, including:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
     Fifth Edition, Australian and New Zealand Standardised Edition (WISC-V A&NZ) for children from the ages of 6 years to 16 years 11 months;
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
    Fourth Edition, Australian and New Zealand Language Adapted Edition (WAIS-IV A&NZ Language Adapted Edition) for adolescents and adults aged 16 years and over;
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
    Australian and New Zealand Standardised, Third Edition (WIAT-III A&NZ) for children, adolescents and adults aged from 4 years and over;
  • Conners-3 and Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale (CAARS)
     assessments for ADHD in children and adults

Assessment process

A typical assessment package may include the below:

  1. Comprehensive developmental history of the person being tested (50 minutes),
  2. Testing sessions. The duration of these sessions will vary depending on the test(s) being completed, however typically 2 x 60-90 minute sessions,
  3. Questionnaires completed by parent(s)/teacher(s), and
  4. Feedback session with discussion of the comprehensive report of results and recommendations (50 minutes).
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