Jigsaw Psychologists see individuals across the life span. We are committed to helping individuals reach their full potential and recognise the importance of early intervention in assisting development and preventing further possible issues. Jigsaw Psychologists provide individuals with professional counselling, therapy, assessment and support by providing evidence based psychoeducation.

Jigsaw Psychology offer an extensive assessment process to provide valuable information for you and your child. Prior to assessing children, our psychologists meet with parents to gain a thorough background history on the current concerns and child’s developmental history. Jigsaw Psychology employs experienced psychologists with training and expertise in educational and developmental assessments. We liaise with Paediatricians and General Practitioners and provide detailed reports which are explained to the client in full, and provide recommendations and referrals where necessary.
 
Why conduct an assessment?
 
Assessment can help answer common questions you might have, such as:
 

  • Why can’t my child follow more than one instruction at a time.
  • Why does my child have poor focus and concentration?
  • Why is my child so easily distracted?
  • Why is my child so afraid of loud noises?
  • Is my child gifted?
  • Does my child have a learning difficulty or disorder?
  • What are my child’s academic strengths and weaknesses?
  • What interventions can help my child learn and function better?
  • How can I help my child reach their full potential?

 
Assessment is used to:
 

  • Understand and screen for developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understand and screen for specific learning disorders (such as dyslexia)
  • Assess for giftedness.
  • Apply for special consideration in VCE
  • Assess and apply for funding for intellectual disabilities
  • Gain an overall profile of learning preferences and help plan for individual learning programs (ILPs)
  • Apply for early entry to kindergarten
  • Determine school readiness and apply for early entry into school
  • Identify underlying reasons for boredom or behavioural problems in the classroom or at home

Autism Diagnostic Assessments
 
The process:
 
Our Autism Diagnostic Assessments (package) includes the following:
 

  • 1 Hour Intake and Assessment Session with Parent/s and Child
  • 2-hour Assessment Session with Child
  • 1 Hour Feedback session with Recommendations
  • Detailed Report provided at Feedback Session

 
Please note in the case of additional assessment sessions required, a standard fee will apply per additional session.
 
Please call us on 8657 8626 to find out more about our assessments or book your sessions.
 
Cognitive Assessments
 
Cognitive assessments (also known IQ assessments) are a formal, standardised test of a person’s thinking, problem solving and reasoning abilities.
 
Jigsaw Psychology use a Cross- Battery Approach to assessments. Cross-battery assessment refers to the process by which psychologists use information from multiple test batteries to help guide diagnostic decisions and to gain a fuller picture of an individual's cognitive abilities than can be ascertained using single-battery assessments.
 
Jigsaw Psychology use the Wechsler Preschool and Primary School Scales of Intelligence – 4th Edition (WPPSI-IV), the Wechsler Intellectual Scale for Children – 5th edition (WISC-V), the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales- 4Th Edition (WAIS-IV), and the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ-IV) which are standardised assessments.
 
The Process:
 

  • 1 Hour Intake and Assessment Session with Individual
  • 2 x 1 Hour Assessment Session: WPPSI-IV or WISC-V (WJ-IV) or WAIS-IV
  • 1 Hour Feedback Session with Recommendations
  • Detailed Report provided at Feedback session

 
Please note in the case of additional assessment sessions required, a standard fee will apply per additional session.
 
Please call us on 8657 8626 to find out more about our assessments or book your sessions.
 
Educational Assessments
 
Comprehensive Educational Assessments (containing both Cognitive and Achievement Assessments) help parents and educators gain insight to a child’s unique learning profile and academic capacity.
 
Jigsaw Psychology use the standardised Wechsler Individual Achievement Test- third edition (WIAT-III) to assist in determining a child’s academic abilities.
 
A child’s school will often request this type of assessment when a child is having difficulty at school. The outcomes of the assessment help identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a child and provide valuable information when assessing for learning difficulties.
The results of the WIAT-III are then compared to the child’s cognitive assessment results to determine any discrepancy between their cognitive abilities and actual academic performance.
 
The Process:
 

  • 1 hour Intake Session with Parents/s and Child
  • 4 x 1 hour Assessment sessions with Child: WISC-IV; WIAT-III
  • 1 x 1 hour Feedback session with Recommendations.

 
Detailed Report provided at Feedback Session.
 
Please note in the case of additional assessment sessions required, a standard fee will apply per additional session.
 
Please call us on 8657 8626 to find out more about our assessments or book your sessions.