Eastside Psychology Clinic, conveniently located in Liverpool St Darlinghurst, is a private psychology practice that specialises in assessing children for a range of cognitive, developmental and psychological difficulties. Owner and Psychologist, Isabella Jacomb, has a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology and has extensive experience in providing comprehensive psychological assessments to children.

A psychological assessment can formally evaluate whether your child may meet diagnostic criteria for a diagnosable disorders such as Specific Learning Disorder (e.g. Dyslexia) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It also gives a better understanding of a child’s cognitive and learning profile and allows teachers to better support them. A psychological assessment involves a clinical interview with parents and the administration of standardised neuropsychological tests and/or questionnaires (approximately 2-4 hours). The results of the assessment and appropriate recommendations are then provided in a detailed report.

Your child may benefit from an assessment if:

  1. They are showing signs of inattention in class or at home, struggle to follow instructions, are easily distracted, or make careless mistakes. They may also struggle to get homework or assignments done in time, avoid tasks that require effort, have trouble organising tasks, lose things, are forgetful, or have trouble sitting still when required.
  2. They are not progressing academically and are performing at below average levels in one or more academic areas (e.g. reading, writing or mathematics). Signs may include inaccurate or slow and effortful reading, poor comprehension, spelling difficulties, poor written expression, and problems with mathematical calculations.
  3. They are complaining of being bored or underchallenged in class or are misbehaving in class. The school curriculum is not suited to all students and this can result in children with certain cognitive profiles to either be disengaged or show signs of disruptive behaviour. 
  4. They are showing big emotions such as anxiety, depressed mood or anger. This may be leading to school reluctance, poor school attendance, difficulty engaging in class or struggling to do homework, social difficulties, getting in trouble, or being defiant towards teachers or parents.
  5. They are doing very well at school and are performing at above average levels academically. Perhaps you are considering applying for a scholarship or entry into another school, questioning whether your child should be accelerated or whether they may benefit from being in a Gifted and Talented program at school.

To make an enquiry about whether your child may benefit from a psychological assessment, please get in touch for a free 15 minute phone consultation. Please visit www.eastsidepsychologyclinic.com.au or email info@eastsidepsychologyclinic.com.au