An assessment involves lots of different activities to stimulate the child while we observe their abilities. Assessment can be quite tiring, so we break often, have lots of treats, and try to make it fun.
The assessment tools that we use are clinically recognized. They provide standardised scores understood by teachers, HSE therapists, and other professionals working with your child.
Afterwards you will receive a written report describing: your child's strengths and needs; assessment details; scores; and recommendations. This provides essential information to help you decide the best course of action for your child.
We will take time to talk through our findings in detail with you. Then we'll answer any questions you may have and recommend what action to take next. If you wish, we will discuss the findings with your child's teachers, HSE, and other healthcare providers.
"My daughter was referred to Caroline and her team for assessment and I cannot speak more highly of them, their attitude, professionalism, knowledge and care they showed throughout the process was commendable and greatly appreciated through a very tough time."
- Mark Finnerty
"We found the process to be very thorough and professional, both assessors were very involved throughout proceedings and explained things to us in easy to understand terms at the conclusion."
- Mark, Co. Tipperary.
Autism Diagnostic Assessment
We provide best-practice autism diagnostic assessments for both children and adults. The assessment is multi-disciplinary, carried out by a clinical psychologist and a speech & language therapist.
We have expertise in assessing complex and contentious cases; and those where thet raditional routes of assessment cause difficulty. This includes: women & girls with autistic spectrum conditions; adolescents and adults with co-morbid presentations; and children with complex developmental history or backgrounds.
We use the clinically recognized Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R) tools. For a private assessment to be recognized by HSE, they require the use of ADOS-2. We will also obtain information from your child's educational placement and other professionals working with your child.
We provide feedback on the day of the assessment. We then follow up with a comprehensive written report that includes practical recommendations. Whether we diagnose autism or not, we will guide you on your next steps.
Autism Diagnostic Assessment - €1150
A psychology assessment is a formal evaluation, using standardized best-practice tools, of cognitive skills, adaptive functioning (daily living skills) and behaviour. Cognitive skills assessed include verbal and non-verbal skills, memory, and processing speed. The results of the assessment will show your child's strengths, needs, and recommendations on how to support their learning. The duration of the assessment varies depending on the age of the child and how they progress through the activities.
Cognitive Psychology Assessment - €600
Speech & Language Assessments
Full Speech & Language
If you want a full understanding and peace of mind about your child's abilities and needs, we recommend a
full assessment. We test your child's play skills; comprehension, expressive skills, pronunciation of speech sounds, and phonological awareness (understanding of sounds). If appropriate, we will also evaluate your child's pragmatics (social use of language) and sensory needs.
Full Speech & Language Assessment - €300