The Abrolhos Group will provide a voucher for up to $800 for an educational psychometric assessment and up to $950 for the psychologist component of an Autism assessment.
In 2016 we purchased a WISC V licence, currently housed at Victoria Districts Medical Centre. These children will also be qualifying for medicare sponsored better outcomes of mental health due to their associated disability, usually behavioural. This includes up to 10 one hour consultations with a psychologist which can be batched into longer sessions as needed for the psychometric testing.
Dr. Kim Pedlow – Chair Abrolhos Group
The following guidelines will apply.
We have expertise in assisting those in our community who have specific learning difficulties and associated social problems. Our aim is to facilitate early identification and accurate assessment so that a range of options can be given to the families
The Abrolhos Group is in step with the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, the Education Department of WA and the National Institutes of Health in the USA. We recommend early accessing of psychometric assessments.
Our thoughts are in line with the following deliberations.
On 3 June 1999 a meeting of Geraldton school principals, educational psychologists, paediatricians approved the following triggers for psychometric assessments.
- Suspension or threatened suspension
- Remedial teaching for consideration of such
- Repeating a year or consideration of such
- Significant under performance
- School refusal
Psychometric assessments aim to ascertain potential and compare this with skill and achievement.
This may entail:
- Assessment of Intelligence eg. WISC V.
- Testing of specific Learning Difficulties, particularly language based.
- Assessment for Attentional Problems.
- Screening for adaptive issues such as Autism.
We recommend assessing each child’s potential in the above manner prior to engaging on any therapy such as behavioural modification.
In other words make a diagnosis prior to commencing therapy.
For further information please see our ADHD Shared Care Manual
The following article by Dr Pedlow was publishled in the Australian Family Physician, journal of the RACGP – December 2000