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The aim of the ADHD assessment is to explore a child’s behaviour and developmental history over 4 hours of interviews with the child, the parents and other professionals.
Children can exhibit Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms before age 12, and in some cases as early as 3 years of age. Symptoms include:
Not every child who is overly hyperactive, inattentive, or impulsive has ADHD. Many children blurt out things they didn't mean to say, bounce from one task to another, or become forgetful.
ADHD is thought to be genetic as research shows that parents and siblings of ADHD children are more likely to have ADHD themselves. Although ADHD is not a form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), many of their symptoms overlap, making is difficult to diagnose.
To assess whether a child has ADHD, we consider several critical questions: are they experiencing a continuous problem and not just a response to a temporary situation? Do their behaviours occur in several settings or only in one specific place like the playground or the office?
The child’s pattern of behaviour is compared against a set of criteria and characteristics of the disorder. Clinical observation and interviews with relatives are conducted to rule out potential causes including learning difficulties, oppositional issues, mood problems and medical conditions.
The ADHD screening and other assessment measures are completed by the child and some family members who can provide a developmental and behavioural history. Medical, pediatric, or psychiatric information may be required for further diagnosis.
The comprehensive Child ADHD assessment is conducted over 4 sessions with an experienced psychologist.
Please note: Psychologists do not prescribe medication.
The purpose of psychological testing is to gain a better understanding of the person and establish whether a diagnosis of a psychiatric condition is warranted. It is important to remember that a psychiatric condition can be mild, moderate, or severe. A test also provides recommendations for treatment to help improve the person’s well-being. It is like a road map for future treatment.
Testing uses validated and reliable measures to gauge aspects of a person’s psychological or cognitive functioning. They may include questionnaires and surveys or a set of puzzles and activities to measure a person’s problem-solving ability or memory.
Psychological tests undergo rigorous standards to establish reliability and validity, usually over many years. In Australia psychologists are trained I the administration, interpretation and reporting of psychological tests.
Psychology Melbourne offers a range of cognitive and personality testing packages for adults and children. This includes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Testing, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Testing, IQ Testing, Personality Testing, and Brain Health Testing for early symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Most psychological testing is administered by a psychologist and is a formal process that requires extensive training and expertise. Psychologists are the only professionals that are trained in administering and interpreting psychological tests
Psychology Melbourne has a team of psychologists who are qualified and experienced in testing.
Psychological tests take a different amount of time to complete, depending on the complexity of the test. Some tests, such as the Personality test takes about 45 minutes, but other tests such as the IQ test can take up to 2 hours. You need to speak to our Client Services Team to discuss the length of the test you are interested in.
Once you have completed the test, you will commence your 3 consultations with test psychologist. Your psychologist will discuss the reasons for your testing, take a background history and explain your results to you. They will also make recommendations for future treatment.
Yes. Some tests, such as personality tests, can easily be done online so that you don’t have to leave home. We email you the link to the test you have chosen and when you have completed it, your results will be added to your file for your psychologist t oread and discuss with you.
We will then email you the video instructions prior to your appointment with your psychologist either on your phone, iPad, laptop or desktop if you have a camera for it. It is best to connect to the link at least 15 minutes before your session in case there are any problems. If you have any problems, contact reception on (03) 9629 1001 or email CBD@psychologymelbourne.com.au.
You should wait in the waiting room until your psychologist appears. If there is a problem, contact reception as above.
Some tests are more complex and require in-person or face-to-face administration. This allows the psychologist to observe the persons behaviour more closely, especially for children. For example, Adult and Child Autism testing must be completed face-to-face, while Personality testing can be done online.
Our Client Services Team will be able to tell you whether the test you have chosen needs to be done in-person or online.
We have psychologists in various locations in Melbourne, including the CBD, Port Melbourne, Sandringham and Balwyn, who can do face-to-face testing for you. Call our Client Services Team on (03) 9629 1001 and they will be able to help identify the best location for you.
You may be required to do an online test prior to your first appointment with your psychologist. If this is required, you will be emailed instructions at the time of booking. These are straight forward and come with clear instructions. Results will be discussed during the consultations.
Before you first session it is a good idea to compile a history of your problems or issues and the reasons why you want the test. This can save a lot of time in the session and helps you be clearer when discussing your issues.
No, you don’t need a GP referral to book a psychological test. If you need the test for a legal or a funding organisation such as NDIS, you will need to speak to us beforehand.
For online testing, you first need to purchase the package you want from our SHOP. You can pay for this by VISA or MasterCard by calling our Client Services Team on (03) 9629 1001 or using our live Chat on the website. We have Afterpay available if you want to pay by instalments.
Once we receive your payment, Client services will contact you back to book in your test and arrange your appointments. The test may be sent to you online with clear instructions, or it may be done during one of your consultations.
The pricing of our psychological testing ranges from $700 - $1,200 depending on the type of test you want. The pricing includes three clinical consultations, administration of the test, a a follow up Assessment report and recommendations for future actions.
Payments are required before we can book in your test appointments for you. You can do this on our shopping cart on the website or pay by credit card on the phone. Afterpay is available for paying by instalments.
We only accept payments from VISA or MasterCard online or by phone on (03) 9629 1001. We also have Afterpay available if you want to pay by instalments.
Yes you can! Afterpay allows you to split your purchases into four interest-free instalments, so you'll pay your first instalment at the time of purchase, and the remainder every fortnight. You can find your payment schedule in the Afterpay app and they will send you regular payment reminders. For more information about Afterpay, visit https://www.afterpay.com.
We do not provide an EFT option but we accept payments by VISA or MasterCard online or by phone on (03) 9629 1001, prior to the course commencement.
Our psychologists are registered as providers with Private Health Funds. Some funds will allow rebates for psychological testing services; however it is advisable to check with your specific fund to see if your 'extras cover' includes this and the amount of rebate. If you are eligible, you will have to pay the full cost of the test and we will send you a receipt for you to claim your rebate online.
Due to heavy demand for appointments, there may be long delays in rescheduling a session. When booking in your test, we work hard to make sure the appointments will work for you and we send you an Appointment Schedule so you can enter them into your personal calendar. We also send a reminder to you 3 days ahead for each appointment.
Cancellations of test packages will be charged a 10% admin fee.
Cancellation fees are charged as we have many people waiting for appointments and need to be able to offer any free appointments to others. A 50% cancellation fee is charged for cancellations within 48 hours of your appointment. Same day cancellations are charged at the full fee.
If you have to change an appointment, contact our Client Services Team on (03) 9629 1001 or use our live Chat on this website.
Cancellations of test packages will be charged a 10% admin fee.