Cognitive Assessments

A Cognitive assessment involves assessing an individuals IQ and adaptive behaviour, and can help identify strengths and weaknesses that person may have in their daily life and what strategies or supports may help them. The IQ assessment looks at the way people may take in new information or how they learn, how they process that information as well as their memory function. The Adaptive Behaviour Assessment explores how that person functions in their day to day life, what they are capable of doing and what they find challenging.

A cognitive assessment can help to inform a diagnosis of intellectual disability if needed, in conjunction with a Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. Alternatively, individuals or families may want to undertake a cognitive assessment to simply identify strengths and weaknesses, or to assess for levels of giftedness.

What is Involved?

A comprehensive cognitive assessment, one that would be used to help diagnose an intellectual disability, involves a number of steps, including:

  • Review of any past medical, therapy or school reports, if available.
  • Feedback from your child’s teacher (for child and adolescent clients.)
  • Client and parent/caregiver interview to gather the history relevant to the diagnosis. Where parent/caregivers are unavailable, other close persons in the clients life are suitable to attend.
  • Completion of an IQ assessment.
  • Completion of an Adaptive Behaviour Assessment
  • A feedback session to discuss results and recommendations.

However, for families or individuals who are not seeking a diagnosis but are instead interested in their (or their childs) strengths and weaknesses, they may benefit solely from the completion of an IQ assessment. This involves:

  • Client and/or parent/caregiver interview to gather the history relevant to the diagnosis. 
  • Completion of an IQ assessment.
  • A feedback session to discuss the results and recommendations.
How much does the Assessment Cost?

A comprehensive cognitive assessment takes a Psychologist approximately 9hrs to complete, which includes the time needed to conduct any interviews, complete the IQ and Adaptive behaviour assessments, review past reports/information, score the assessments and write the report. Currently, this means a Comprehensive Cognitive assessment with Anastasi Psychology will cost $1980.

For an IQ assessment to assess strengths and weaknesses, this does not involve administering an Adaptive Behaviour assessment, and therefore takes the Psychologist 5hrs to complete, including time to write the report. Currently, this means an IQ assessment with Anastasi Psychology will cost $1100.