Cognitive Assessment – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, MAPS.

Cognitive Assessment: A  cognitive assessment assists in explaining why a child may be struggling or underachieving at school.  It involves the administration  of an IQ test measuring potential academic ability . If  any strengths and weaknesses present they may indicate that one or more specific learning disabilities rather than an intellectual disability  may explain  the student’s difficulties.  Then  an assessment of achievement is required ,and possibly assessments of memory, executive functioning and/ or social communication skills.

Counselling Approach: Ms. Gilmour has been a teacher and school psychologist for 20 years, counselling, consulting on special needs  and  carrying out educational assessments in primary and secondary schools for 5-17 year olds.  She also provides cognitive assessments for 18 years and up. Meeting the child’s caregivers first is important to gather a comprehensive history of the child’s functioning in different settings and over time and ruling out trauma as a possible explanation of some of his/her difficulties.

Relaxing the person  at the start of assessment  is essential in getting best performance as is the requirement that assessment be carried out on a day when the child is kept home from school as the student is likely to be experiencing  ‘cognitive fatigue’ if she/he has attended school on the day testing occurs.  Initial assessments may indicate further testing of memory will be required.   Take home parent and teacher standardized surveys of executive functioning and social communication skills may also be necessary to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Ms. Gilmour writes reports that help parents to assist their child and learn which specialists (paediatrician, speech pathologist and or audiologist to assess auditory processing) will further advise and provide reports that may allow the school to access funding to support their child.  Teachers are given recommendations on educational strategies that help to maximize the student’s learning potential.

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Availability: Mondays only 12:00 -7:00 pm. Usually 1- 2 weeks; evening appointments available.

IQ test only: $1150.00  (Includes 1 hour initial appointment with child and caregivers, 1-2 hour sessions of  testing, scoring and interpretation, report writing, 1 hour  feedback session with family).

Assessment of specific learning disabilities: $1600.00 Includes initial 1 hour appointment with child and caregivers, two 1-2 hour sessions of testing plus interpretation, report and 1 hour feedback session with family .  Can occur at the school with the child’s teachers as well if requested).

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.