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Dr Isabel Fernandez & Associates offers Cognitive Assessments for children and adolescents. Our assessments are conducted by highly qualified Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Psychologist Registrars with experience and expertise in recognising a range of learning and developmental issues.

What is a Cognitive Assessment?

Cognitive Assessment, also referred to as an Intellectual Assessment or “IQ test”, is designed to provide information about a child’s capacity in five unique cognitive domains, as well as their general intelligence. These cognitive domains, or abilities, include;

Verbal Comprehension; the ability to use vocabulary to express knowledge and explain concepts

Visual Spatial; the ability to analyse visual detail and understand visual-spatial relationships

Fluid Reasoning; the ability to use conceptual information from visual details

Working Memory; the ability to learn, manipulate and retain information to complete new tasks

Processing Speed; the ability to quickly process and make judgements about visual information

How is Intelligence Assessed?

We use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), the most current edition, to evaluate a child’s general thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills. The WISC is part of a battery of tests used to identify Giftedness, Intellectual Disability, as well as to show discrepancies between a child’s intelligence and their academic performance. It should be noted; however, the assessment of literacy, numeracy or academic skills is not included in this type of assessment (see Educational Assessment).

Why Assess Intelligence?

A Cognitive Assessment provides us with your child’s “cognitive profile”, which we use to determine their learning capability.

For example, a Cognitive Assessment may reveal the profile of a child with above average verbal comprehension abilities coupled with very low working memory. This child then would likely express themselves well verbally, and display a strong vocabulary, whilst at the same time finding it difficult to learn and complete new tasks.

This child’s cognitive profile has allowed us to make an interpretation about why they may be struggling to learn new concepts at home and in the classroom. Importantly, the cognitive profile can be used to formulate specific strategies and recommendations based on the child’s individual strengths and weaknesses.

In addition to allowing us to understand a child’s learning capacity, a Cognitive Assessment is an integral component in the assessment of an;

Intellectual Disability (Typically IQ >70)

Specific Learning Disorders (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia)

Attentional Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Giftedness (Typically IQ >130)