SPECIALIST ASSESSMENTS

Cognitive assessments

Cognitive assessments provide a profile of an individual's strengths and weaknesses in relation to their cognitive abilities and intellectual functioning. 

Assessment of cognitive functioning can be useful in many situations, for example:

  • When a person appears to have difficulties in processing information

  • To establish whether a person has specific learning difficulties or a learning disability

  • When there are difficulties with learning in general or with specific areas such as memory or language

  • When a person is excelling academically

  • As part of court proceedings to establish what support is needed for a person to be able to fully engage in the proceedings

To have a discussion about whether a cognitive assessment could be useful for you/your child/your client, please get in touch.

The specific assessment measures used are chosen based on the individual reasons for the assessment.

The most commonly used assessments are the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV) and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), both of which cover different areas of cognitive function (verbal comprehension, perceptual/fluid reasoning, processing speed and working memory) and provide a full scale IQ of overall ability. More in-depth neuropsychological tests can be used in addition to further assess a specific area of cognitive functioning.

Following a cognitive assessment, a report with the assessment results and any recommendations will be provided.