Outlook Psychology Practice provides psychological assessments and intervention for children of all ages (infant to adolescent), adults, couples, and families.
Outlook Psychology Practice provides expert consultation, assessment, intervention, and psychological reports. Our team have a vast range of experience in educational assessment, behavioural intervention, mental health assessment/diagnosis, individual psychotherapy (child & adult), and relationship/family counselling.
Clients find the assessments, reports and therapeutic interventions are done to the highest professional standards, yet uniquely personalised to their own narrative and needs. You will feel comfortable and be included as true collaborator in the entire assessment and intervention process.
What We Offer
Psychological Assessment including:
- Cognitive (IQ) and Adaptive Assessment
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment
- Education Assessment
- ADHD Assessment
- NDIS Assessment and Intervention
- Individual therapy for a range of childhood emotional/behavioural problems for children of all ages
- FASD Assessment (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)
- Comprehensive Psychological Reports
- Parent Support for children of all ages with behaviour problems
- Adult, Couple and Family Therapy
There are many reasons why it can be helpful to assess a child’s cognitive abilities:
Common referral questions for CHILD assessments:
- To diagnose learning difficulties and make recommendations to help?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses in learning, thinking and memory?
- What is the impact of learning and cognitive problems in the academic environment?
- Why is this child experiencing problems in school performance?
- To understand why a child may be experiencing trouble at school?
- To differentiate psychological symptoms with academic performance.
- What is the impact of a child’s diagnosis (e.g. ABI, autism, medical condition, psychiatric illness) on their thinking and memory skills?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses for a child eg with autism and how we can optimise their learning?
- Does this person meet eligibility criteria for access to disability supports or educational aids?
- What are the potential implications of cognitive difficulties for training or study?
- How we can help them a child to optimise their learning in their environment?
- Advice and strategies for managing memory or other cognitive difficulties
- Recommendations for treatment planning and support needs.
- Assessment and advice regarding management of behaviours of concern (e.g. aggression, disinhibition, reduced initiation).
A Comprehensive Child assessment comprises 4 hours of testing (plus an interview with the parent/caregiver), interpretation of the results, liaising with 3rd parties to obtain additional background information, a comprehensive and tailored report answering the referral question/s (provided about 2-3 weeks later), and a feedback session to provide results and outline helpful recommendations and treatment options to optimise functioning (8-10 hours of the Psychologist’s time). If you have had a previous assessment, then please provide the details to our admin team as the psychologist would require copies of any previous assessments.
There are a range of tests for child assessments depending on the reason/s for the assessment. These are:
- Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist – Youth (WASC-Y)
- Beck Youth Inventories – is to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behaviour, and self-concept in children and adolescents.
- BRIEF II – is a set of questionnaires for parents, teachers, and older students (ages 11-18), designed to evaluate executive function from multiple perspectives.
- REY – The Rey is a complex figure test is a neuropsychological assessment in which examinees are asked to reproduce a complicated line drawing, first by copying it freehand, and then drawing from memory.
- TSCC – The TSCC allows you to measure posttraumatic stress and related psychological symptomatology in children ages 8-16 years who have experienced traumatic events, such as physical or sexual abuse, major loss, or natural disasters, or who have been a witness to violence.
- WASC-Y – The Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist for Youth (WASC-Y) aged 13-17 years is the first culturally and scientifically validated psychological test developed specifically for Aboriginal Australian youth. It identifies Aboriginal youth at risk of depression, suicidal behaviours, drug and alcohol use, impulsivity, anxiety and cultural resilience as a moderator of risk
- WASC-A – The Westerman Aboriginal Symptom Checklist for Adults (WASC-A) is a screening tool for Aboriginal Adults (aged 18 and above) at risk of depression, suicidal behaviours, alcohol and drug use, impulsivity and anxiety. The scale also determines levels of cultural resilience as a moderator for risk.
Preparation for testing
Please bring along any questionnaires that have been sent to you (and completed by you, the child’s guardian and/or the teacher). This will save time in the testing session and provide further valuable information about your child. It is not possible to prepare for the test itself however we would recommend a good night’s sleep the night before, encourage your child to eat something before coming along and to bring along glasses if your child needs them and hearing aids if you use them. Bring along some snacks too for breaks. You are welcome to ask any questions you might have to the specific psychologist.
Fees and Availability
The cost of a child assessment depends on factors including the purpose of the assessment, level of complexity, how much preparation is required, how many different tests are needed and the overall time spent. Please contact our admin team on (08) 8987 3038 who can obtain the information required for the referral, understand your personal situation and needs and provide an initial cost estimation. A deposit is required to secure your booking and will be forfeited in the event of a short notice cancellation.