Dolphin Tribe

Unit 4, 550 Blaxland Road


NSW 2122


By Healthlink (dolphint) or

Ph: 1 800 270 888 (appointments)

    Child Assessments

    All children are different in what they can do and what they learn. Sometimes children may need a psychological assessment to find out more about their abilities and difficulties so that others around them can better understand their needs. 


    At Dolphin Tribe, we use evidence-based assessments, which are tailored to your child’s specific needs. The type of assessments that will be conducted will depend on the following factors:


    • Reason for referral

    • Presenting problem and reported difficulties

    • Family, medical and developmental history

    • School reports/NAPLAN results

    • Whether previous assessment/s have been conducted

    • Whether your child has received previous intervention/s


    As such the exact cost will be quoted at your initial consultation with our Child Psychologist. 

    We offer the following assessments:


    Cognitive Assessments


    Cognitive assessments are also known as IQ tests. They are useful in determining a person’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and can assist in:

    • Examining intellectual difficulty or disability 

    • Identifying Intellectual Giftedness

    • Diagnosing Specific Learning Disorders (Maths or Reading)

    • Examining why your child is having ongoing academic difficulties in the classroom despite school intervention


    The results of the cognitive tests can help parents and teachers provide support for the child at home and at school so that their learning needs are met. 


    Behavioural Assessments

    Behavioural assessments can determine whether your child displays more difficult and challenging behaviours compared to a child their age. Such concerns can include hyperactivity, impulsitivity, inattention, aggression, defiance and difficulties with peer relations. 


    Behavioural assessments are useful in identifying and diagnosing disorders such as:

    • ADHD

    • Conduct Disorder

    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder


    The assessment results can be helpful in identifying what type of intervention is suitable for your child.



    Autism Assessments


    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by symptoms evident from early childhood. The symptoms can range on a spectrum from mild to severe and include difficulties in communication, social interactions and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviour. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment provide the best outcomes for children with ASD. However, the symptoms may not be recognised until later, when social demands, such as those related to school functioning becoming greater. As such, if your child displays restricted and repetitive patterns of interests and you have concerns in their communication and social skills it is important that you have your child assessed.


    An ASD assessment usually includes

    • Adaptive behaviour assessment

    • Autism Observation Diagnostic Assessment

    • Autism Diagnostic Interview with parents/carers

    • Cognitive Assessment



    Educational Assessments


    Educational assessments are useful in measuring a child’s academic skills in a range of areas including reading, comprehension, mathematics and spelling. Educational assessments can help identify specific academic or cognitive weaknesses that may indicate a specific learning disorder which is distinct from their overall intellectual ability level. Educational assessments can be useful in:


    • Diagnosing specific learning disorders such as reading, writing or Maths 

    • Examining why your child is having ongoing academic difficulties despite intervention 

    • Identifying the level of academic achievement in particular areas

    • Assisting school staff to provide Individualised Education Plans or Personalised Plans