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PsychPhys™ offers a thorough assessment process in order to provide a robust, valuable set of information. When discussing suitability for our program, we place value in meeting with loved ones/carers for an Initial Program Assessment prior to formal program Psychology and Exercise Physiology Assessments, which are conducted to allow the opportunity to make an informed decision about moving forward with the program.

We provide comprehensive reports detailing the outcomes of assessments; and program
updates that include recommendations tailored specifically to individual needs/goals.

Program Specific

Program Psychology Assessment

Program Psychology Assessment is undertaken for the following reasons:

  • To determine an individuals strengths and weaknesses so that we are better able to support them in their PsychPhys™ Program
  • Identify any areas of risk
  • Identify areas of cognitive development

Program Exercise Physiology Assessment

Program Psychology Assessment is undertaken for the following reasons:

  • To determine an individuals strengths and weaknesses so that we are better able to support them in their PsychPhys™ Program
  • Identify any areas of risk
  • Identify areas of Physical/biological development
  • Other current or prior interventions (whether successful/unsuccessful);
    educational/vocational history
  • Determine whether a Functional Assessment is required
  • To action areas required under Interim Behaviour Support Plan

Additional Assessments

Cognitive Assessments

Cognitive Assessments are undertaken as a complimentary addition to the PsychPhys™ Program for the following reasons:

  • To test an individual’s thinking, problem solving and reasoning abilities
  • To determine an individual’s cognitive strengths
  • To identify areas of development
  • As part of an Intellectual Disability Diagnosis
  • As part of an application for educational funding – for students with disabilities

PsychPhys™ use the WPPSI-IV (Wechsler Preschool and Primary School Scales of Intelligence – 4th Edition; and the WISC-V (Wechsler Intellectual Scale for Children – 5th Edition; and the WAIS-IV (Wechsler Adult Intellectual Scale – 4th Edition).

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

ASD is diagnosed based on the criteria of the DSM-V and typically involves consultation between a Medical Practitioner, Psychologist and Speech Pathologist.

Child/Youth

The ASD assessment process is undertaken as a complimentary addition to the PsychPhys™ Program, and consists of sessions with both carer/s and individual under the following process:

  • ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale) involving an activity based session with the individual to allow professional observation of specific skills
  • ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview) involving a comprehensive interview about the individuals development with the carer/s
  • Consultations with other professionals to gather relevant information in order to assist with diagnostic decision making
  • Detailed Assessment Report including results and recommendations
  • The provision of a parent feedback session to allow explanation of results and offer
    opportunity for any questions

Adult

The ASD assessment process is undertaken as a complimentary addition to the PsychPhys™ Program, and consists of sessions with both carer/s and individual under the following process:

  • Pre-diagnostic comprehensive interview to gain information about the individual’s development with individual and carer/s
  • Diagnostic Observation involving an activity based session with the individual to allow
    professional observation of specific skills
  • Cognitive Assessment WAIS-IV (Wechsler Adult Intellectual Scale – 4th Edition).
  • Consultations with other professionals to gather relevant information in order to assist with diagnostic decision making
  • Detailed Assessment Report including results and recommendations
  • The provision of a parent feedback session to allow explanation of results and offer
    opportunity for any questions

ADHD

The CONNORS (Conners Clinical Index) is one of the many ways to screen for ADHD in children and adolescents. But it is not only used to test for the disorder. CONNORS forms can be used during follow-up appointments to rate the behavior of an individual with ADHD. This can help doctors and parents monitor how well certain medications or behavior-modification techniques are working. Doctors may want to prescribe a different drug if no improvements have been made. Parents may also want to adopt new behavior-modification techniques.

The ADHD assessment process is undertaken as a complimentary addition to the PsychPhys™ Program, and consists of sessions with both carer/s and individual under the following process:

  • CONNORS involving an activity based session with the individual to allow professional
    observation of specific skills
  • A comprehensive interview about the individuals development with the carer/s
  • If suitable, distribute CONNORS form to other professionals to gather relevant information in order to understand the level of support required
  • Detailed Assessment Report including results and recommendations
  • The provision of a parent feedback session to allow explanation of results and offer
    opportunity for any questions

Emotional, Social and Behavioural

Assessments to measure Emotional and Social Impairment are undertaken as a complimentary addition to the PsychPhys™ Program to gain further insight into the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • Self-concept

At PsychPhys™ we use a range of clinical tools including:

  • BYI-II (Beck Youth Inventories – Second Edition for children and Adolescents) 7yrs – 18yrs
  • K10 (Kessler Psychological Distress Scale)
  • DASS21 (Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale)

Behavioral Support Program

Specialist Behavioural Assessment

Specialist Behavioural Assessment is undertaken for the following reasons:

  • Determine what support is required and whether this support requires an SBA
  • Determine who is primary carer/s
  • Determine who is in the Care Team
  • Identify behaviours of concern – level of risk
  • Identify current goals
  • Gather information about individual’s life – Medical History, Communication needs, likes and dislikes
  • Determine whether Functional Assessment is required

Other Assessments

Functional Assessment

Functional Assessment is undertaken for the following reasons:

  • It is required as part of NDIS Behaviour Support to determine
  • Functional capacity or impairment as a result of a disability (level of impairment)
  • To determine what supports are required in order to support individual in safe and supported independent living.