A cognitive assessment (or IQ test) is conducted by a Psychologist and can provide information about an individual’s:
- verbal comprehension
- visual spatial ability
- processing speed, and
- overall intellectual functioning.
Various standardised assessment instruments are available, depending on the age of the individual, and can be used to determine cognitive strengths and difficulties.
As part of the cognitive assessment process, an individual’s adaptive functioning is also assessed. This is to provide a measure of day to day behaviours across several domains of functioning, including:
- community use
- functional academics
- home living
- health and safety
- self-direction, and
- social skills.
A comprehensive report is produced to bring all of this information together, along with the information obtained from interviews and direct observations.