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Whenever the nature of the difficulties experienced by children appears to be more complex, long-lasting and possibly having an organic or neuropsychological nature, specialist psychological assessments are considered.
A Specialist Psychology Assessments aims at ruling out any general or specific learning difficulty or other neuropsychological or cognitive difficulties (Dyslexia, ASD, ADHD) and include: the administration of standardized rating scales informing on mood and other clinical conditions; cognitive testing; liaison with school and relevant health professionals; behavioural observations and review of any previous evaluations.
Learning Disability Assessments are carried out in the presence of suspected learning difficulties and include: cognitive testing, assessment of daily living skills and information gathering from third parties.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessments are carried out in the presence of significant and persistent difficulties with social and communication and consist in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-II) and Diagnostic Interview (3Di). Autism assessments are multidisciplinary and are carried out by Dr Villa in collaboration with her colleagues (see the My Kite Psychology Page for details).
I use a modern approach to assessing children, in line with the most advanced technological tools for psychological assessments. For cognitive assessments I use Q-Interactive, whose advantages are explained in the video below: