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Cognitive Assessment 2017-09-06T11:39:03+00:00

Cognitive Assessments

Cognitive Assessments are formal assessments which aim to identify areas where a child has strengths and those that they may have more difficulty with. They cover a wide range of skills and abilities, such as; language, verbal reasoning, spatial awareness, non-verbal problem solving, memory, processing speed, reading, writing, spelling and maths. Cognitive Assessments may also involve details about intelligence and IQ.


Cognitive Assessments can be helpful in identifying specific learning disabilities. By identifying the challenges that the child is having a greater understanding can be achieved and appropriate help can be put in place to ensure that they achieve their full potential. These assessments may also show areas which warrant further investigation by another professional e.g. occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, psychiatrist or an educational psychologist.
Conversely, these assessments can also be helpful for children who have high levels of intelligence as they can suggest approaches which will prevent boredom and consequently poor behaviour or social isolation at school.

What to expect

Initially information will need to be gathered from parents, carers and where appropriate from a child’s school to gain a full developmental history.
The assessment will then be conducted with the child, lasting around 2 hours. The number of appointments (1 or 2) required to complete this assessment will depend on the age and concentration abilities of the child.

The results of the assessment will then be written up and you will be provided with a full report detailing the findings and any recommendations for home and school. A feedback session can be offered to discuss these results to ensure that they are fully understood.

What next?

The first step is to call us on 01420 540274 or fill in the form below. We aim to respond to contact form messages within the day. Our helpful and friendly practice administration staff will ask you some initial questions about what you would like help with and which location or locations you could come to. They will also talk with you about which of our psychotherapists will be most appropriate and their availability. Once you have decided who you’d like to see you will be contact by your therapist. Ideally this will be within a day or two. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions or address concerns that you may have before making an appointment. We know that it is not always easy to get to the point of making the decision to contact someone for help. Louisa and Janet are there to help you through the process of finding the right person to speak to. You will be asked for some personal details during this process. All information shared with us will always be treated in the strictest confidence. Needless to say, all our people are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under the Data Protection Act (1998).

The next step is to meet with your Psychologist for an initial consultation or assessment. At the initial assessment we will be able to give you a more accurate idea of whether a full assessment is necessary and if not what your next step should be.


We welcome referrals from other professionals, however, you don’t require one to see one of our practitioners.


The consultation is confidential. There are certain situations where information may need to be shared without your consent-if the therapist is concerned that you or someone else’s life is at risk but these situations are rare and every attempt will be made to abide by your wishes with regards to confidentiality. Your therapist will also keep you informed of the outcomes of any conversations that are held between themselves and any other professional about you.
You will be asked at the outset of therapy whether you would like anyone to be informed of the progress of your therapy. This might be your GP, the school, another therapist or psychiatrist if you are already seeing one, certain members of your family or no-one if that is your wish.