Neuropsychological and Educational Assessments at Attuned Psychology

There are many reasons for seeking a neuropsychological assessment at Attuned Psychology. A neuropsychological assessment will assess aspects of cognitive functioning such as memory, concentration or the ability to plan and organise following illness or brain injury etc. Educational assessments will assess IQ and also conduct other educational  achievement testing as a means of identifying learning difficulties such as dyslexia, in addition to identifying giftedness. This process may also help understand patterns of strengths and weaknesses and help identify a plan to support learning and functioning.

There is more information about the assessments we offer, below. 

Our Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist, Catherine Cheetham, has been endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia, which means she has qualifications and supervised experience in two advanced areas of practice, in addition to the minimum level of training required for general registration. 

Our Clinical Neuropsychologist will talk with you to understand the symptoms or concerns that lead you to seek support. And when you do complete the assessment, you will recieve not only a thorough report but verbal feedback to make sure you understand her opinion and recommendations for future management. She takes pride in providing a thorough approach to all of her assessments and ensures her assessment is tailored to your specific referral questions.

Or make an appointment enquiry using our form

Learn more about our Neuropsychological and Educational assessments at Attuned Psychology

At Attuned Psychology, specific scientifically validated assessment tools will be used to objectively identify IQ, areas of strength and weakness, memory and any areas where your brain may not be functioning so well and affecting your functioning in everyday life.

Neuropsychological Assessments plot your current brain function performance against a model based on a lot of clinical data. This provides an accurate understanding of the gap between how your brain is performing compared to how it should be performing.

The tests are either “pencil and paper” and many such as most of the IQ test are administered on an iPad.

Our neuropsychologist is not a medical doctor and cannot order blood tests or medical imaging such as MRI/CT scans.  However, the results of these tests, if your doctor has organised them, can be compared and contrasted with your neuropsychological test results to provide very useful information.

The goal is to arrive at a confident opinion (or diagnosis in the case of learning difficulties and giftedness) following a comprehensive assessment, consultation and gathering of relevant reports and medical information so an effective treatment or management pathway can be mapped out for you. 

Similarly, our Educational Assessments tests are designed to equip you with clarity so that the resulting report and feedback can be used with an educational institution to map out an optimal program of education.

Neuropsychological Assessments

Neuropsychology is the branch of psychology that explores how different thinking processes affect our emotional and behavioral functioning.

You would typically seek this kind of assessment if you (or someone you're responsible for) have noticed:

  • Attentional issues (getting distracted more easily than usual)
  • It is taking longer than usual to think things through
  • Memory issues like forgetting things more than usual
  • Changes in the ability to organise tasks, plan things, conduct abstract reasoning, or control impulses
  • Changes in personality like a shift in a sense of humour or social skills, or increased irritability

Our neuropsychologist’s knowledge of how the brain can be affected by events like accidents, serious illness, strokes, or the effects of long term heavy alcohol use, can help with adapting to changes while still functioning to the best potential possible.

Educational Assessments

A thorough educational assessment will help identify why learning might be difficult for your child or adolescent, identifying their clear pattern of strengths and weaknesses, so that strategies may be implemented immediately to help your child achieve success more easily and reach their potential.

These assessments may identify any of the the following issues, which may then be addressed, including:

  • Problems with memory – verbal or visual
  • Problems with concentration and attention
  • Problems that may indicate a learning disorder such as dyslexia
  • Underlying behavioural or emotional issues that are affecting learning e.g. motivation, anxiety or depression
  • Giftedness and the need for additional stimulation to prevent boredom
At the end of the assessment process you will have a clear comprehensive and practical report with verbal feedback provided to make sense of the conclusions and recommendations.

Older adults often present for neuropsychological assessments when they begin to doubt their brains aren’t working as sharply as they used to. With fears about dementia and falls, older people benefit from neuropsychology because it can find links in family or personal history that might predispose them to issues with brain function. It is very common for these clients to want decisive insights so they can manage the changes that lie ahead, instead of waiting until it is too late to take effective action.

Younger adults and adolescents present for neuropsychological assessments when they become concerned that their memory is performing at an abnormally low level. The good news is that when younger people get a sound diagnosis through neuropsychology, their “documented condition” can unlock extra support resources at school and university, as well as in some workplaces. 

Who benefits from clinical neuropsychological assessments?

Articles we've written about neuropsychological assessments

3 Small Steps For Understanding And Responding To Adolescent Anxiety. Photo by Nathaniel Chang on Unsplash

3 Small Steps For Understanding And Responding To Adolescent Anxiety

To help us start understanding and responding to adolescent anxiety, let’s begin by defining some terms, sharing some insights from research, and then viewing the topic within the layered context of a teenager’s lived experience. It’s also heartening to note that the body of research shows anxiety can be treated when teens practice strategies consistently with a psychologist. Let’s start with the definition of terms. What is stress? To understand anxiety, first you need to understand stress. Stress is our body’s natural response to stressful or dangerous situations that feel beyond our capacity to cope. A little stress is good

Read More »
How to understand and reduce stress in an increasingly stressful world. Photo by Kathy on Unsplash

How to understand and reduce stress in an increasingly stressful world

While it’s true we’re living in an increasingly stressful world, in this article I want to shed light on ways to understand how stress affects us and then suggest some approaches to cope with or even reduce stress. Our world is getting more stressful, with most of us having increasing responsibilities or pressures such as studying at school or university, keeping up with complex demands at work, or caring for children or ageing parents. On top of this, there are unique global events that are making daily life for many Australians much more stressful. War in Europe has led to a

Read More »
3 surprising benefits of having a therapy session using telehealth | Attuned Psychology | Photo by LinkedIn Sales Solutions on Unsplash

3 surprising benefits of having a therapy session using telehealth

If you’d asked me two years ago to write about the benefits of having a therapy session using telehealth, I think I would have politely declined. However, when COVID-19 struck, our duty of care to still conduct therapy sessions with our clients gave us little choice than to get out of our comfort zones and embrace online video technology. Our team, like many of you, were somewhat concerned that the magic and sacred, private nature of the therapy space with such clear boundaries could never be simulated to give the same impact. I found it challenging for three reasons: I

Read More »

Phubbing and the Importance of Values vs Rules in our Relationships

In this article, we’ll explore what phubbing is and consider strategies when our friends or partners are spending more time on their phone than with us. “Without ​technology​ humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings.” – Dalai Lama Recently, I was “phubbed” by a friend which was very upsetting. For those not in the know the definition of “phubbing” is the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention. On face value phubbing is a funny

Read More »
Attuned Psychology response to COVID-19

COVID-19: Keeping calm for the common good

[Updated, November 2, 2022] As we all do our best to stop the spread of Covid-19, our team at Attuned Psychology is not only continuing to keep measures in place to keep you safe and cared for during this time of uncertainty and increased anxiety, but we’re constantly monitoring the situation and adapting our procedures as new information comes to hand. This is especially important because there is often increased anxiety whenever new freedoms are found. We’ve crafted this page to help alleviate any extra worry you might be experiencing with all the changes going on around us. There is

Read More »
Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist or Registered Psychologist…What’s the difference?

Common Questions in a Psychology Practice, Part 1. There are a few questions that seem to pop up again and again in a psychology practice, one being “what is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a registered psychologist”? Here at Attuned Psychology we have both, so let’s have a quick look at what a “Clinical” and “Registered” Psychologist are. However before I explain that, let me very quickly, and very briefly, start with a basic explanation of what a psychologist is….. A psychologist is someone who is professionally trained in the science of how people think, feel, behave and

Read More »

Subscribe to our newsletter Attuned Life

Would you be interested in receiving our occasional newsletter, event information and other useful tips via e-mail?