Psychological assessment refers to the process of identifying the nature of the presenting problem, as well as possible factors that contribute to the current presenting problem. At GROWING SPACE, we also emphasise on identifying the strengths or protective factors that help the individual/couple/family to thrive and prevent further dysfunctions. The purpose of assessment is for clinical diagnosis and treatment planning.
At GROWING SPACE, all new clients and all psychotherapy sessions begin with a 90-min initial assessment session. By the end of the first assessment session, we will provide consultation on options and resources that might address their concerns, including but not limited to psychotherapy, psychological testing, and/or other referrals.
At GROWING SPACE, we provide testing for individuals age 3 and above, for the following purposes:
- To clarify diagnosis of various developmental and mental disorders (eg. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder etc.)
- To determine current level of cognitive/intellectual, emotional and behavioural functioning (including strengths and weaknesses)
- To expound on contributing factors of the presenting problem(s) and aid in treatment planning
- To advise on school placement and propose an individualised education plan
- To advise parents on assisting their child’s continuous development
- To enhance self-understanding
On average, a testing session will take 4-6 hours, and may be conducted over a few days. At GROWING SPACE, we aim to furnish the test report to our clients no later than 4 weeks. Clients will receive a comprehensive report (about 8-10 pages) that will answer the referral questions, coupled with practical recommendations for the clients’ continuous development. The formal assessment process normally concludes with a face-to-face feedback session with the examiner to discuss the test findings and answer any further queries.