Published on: 3rd July 2023
At Deaf Connect, we have a full-time Brisbane-based Psychologist who can now do specialised psychology assessments.
These assessments can provide valuable insights into your child’s development and inform necessary interventions and supports, and can be used to diagnose Autism, ADHD, and other learning disorders.
We have 3 assessments that we may recommend for children who are deaf and hard of hearing:
The Griffiths-3 is a child-friendly, play-oriented assessment that provides a comprehensive understanding of a child’s development. It can be used for infants from 1 month to 5 years and looks at different areas, including
- foundations of learning,
- language and communication,
- eye and hand coordination,
- personal-social-emotional, and
- gross motor.
This assessment can help you better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses and inform any therapy or home support that they may benefit from.
2. Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition (ADOS-2)
If your child is being considered for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the ADOS-2 may be recommended. This is an observational assessment that looks at
- social interaction,
- play, and
- restricted and repetitive behaviors.
It can be used from 12 months to adulthood and is designed for use with different developmental and language levels.
3. Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test 2nd Edition (UNIT 2) and Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Achievement (WJ-IV)
The UNIT 2 is an entirely nonverbal assessment that can be used for children and adolescents from 5 years of age, regardless of their English proficiency, hearing, cultural background, or language skills. It assesses
- general intelligence,
- fluid reasoning, and
- quantitative reasoning.
The WJ-IV helps to gain a better understand of a child or adolescents’ abilities in key learning areas (reading, writing and math) and inform the supports your child may need in the classroom.
If you would like to learn more about these assessments or our Psychology service, or if you would like to refer your child to the service, please do not hesitate to contact the Deaf Connect Therapy and Family Services team firstname.lastname@example.org