Child Psychological Disorders - Assessment & Testing

Child Assessment & Testing - Clinical and Diagnostic Assessments

Because childhood disorders vary considerably, accurate diagnostic assessment is the first step towards developing strategies that will help. On the following pages we collected a wealth of information about how we can assist children and families experiencing various difficulties. For information about intellectual and educational assessment, please follow the link here.


Children with ADHD show developmentally inappropriate inattention, impulsivity and overactivity. These behaviours are not situationally bound and occur in different contexts, such as home, playgrounds, school and public places. Symptoms usually present from an early age, before 7 years. Read More


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are pervasive developmental disorders, including Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). These conditions are associated with gross impairment in social functioning, language and communication development, restricted, repetitive or stereotyped interests and activities and stereotyped body movements. Read More


Behavioural or externalising disorders include Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. Generally behavioural disorders are characterised by hostile and negativistic behaviour, anger, rule breaking, deceit and lack of respect for the right of others. Read More


Developmental delay refers to a child's functioning that is below the age appropriate level in one or more psychologically important domains. These domains are fine motor skills, gross motor skills, self-help skills, social-emotional skills, receptive language skills and expressive language skills. Read More


Dyslexia is an often life long condition, associated with difficulty reading and decoding words and word meanings. Read More


Children with emotional disorders can appear chronically fatigued, unhappy, frightened, worried or agitated. Most often emotional disorders go unnoticed by parents or teachers and children can be also reluctant or unable to talk about difficult emotions. Read More


Intellectual disability refers to a condition associated with a number of cognitive and behavioural symptoms. These symptoms include significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning, notable deficit in adaptive functioning and early onset during the developmental years. Read More


Learning disability refers to disturbance to the learning process and poor academic performance that is not influenced by cognitive ability, physical disability, emotional difficulties, severe socioeconomic disadvantage or other relevant factors. Read More

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