At Think, we believe in taking a comprehensive approach towards diagnostic assessments of children and adults. Depending on the type of assessment or intervention needed, the approach to diagnosis may differ.
Below is an example of a typical diagnosis process for a child with behaviour issues:
Initial Intake: Comprises an interview between the Think psychologist and parent(s) to gather background on the child (development, medical, educational), family history and specific areas of concern. Depending on the situation, additional interviews may be needed with other family members (e.g. siblings, grandparents) and relevant people (e.g. caregivers, teachers).
Observations: Our Think psychologist or therapist will visit your child’s school and/or come to your home to observe how your child functions/behaves in environments where your child is most exposed.
Assessment: Based on the findings from the initial intake and observation, a Think psychologist will determine if diagnostic assessment testing is needed for the child. In the event testing is determined necessary, Think will administer a series of internationally recognised standardised tools appropriate for the child’s situation. This testing may be completed over a number of days depending on the specific tests which are administered to ensure the child remains engaged and meaningful responses are achieved.
Report and Feedback: A formal feedback session will be arranged between the parents and Think psychologist. At this session, the Think psychologist will provide a written report on the results of the assessment, diagnosis (if any) and suggested recommendations for the child. At this session, the parent will be able to discuss findings and next steps to assist their child.