Cognitive Assessments

For learning disorders

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Perth Cognitive Assessments For Developmental & Learning Difficulties

Discovering that someone in your family may have a learning disorder can generate mixed feelings of relief, concern and stress. If your child or teen has consistently struggled at school, understanding the cause is the first step to helping them reach their full potential. Arranging a cognitive assessment for a learning disorder will help you and your family plan the best way to move forward. Our Neuropsychologists, Dr Kate Elliott, Holly Nelson and Juhi Sanghavi are experienced in conducting cognitive assessments for developmental and learning disorders, and a range of other conditions affecting the brain. We also have several qualified and experienced ASD Assessors who offer assessments for children and teens at Gateway Psychological Services:

Meet our Assessors

Dr Kate Elliott
Dr Kate Elliott

Clinical Neuropsychologist Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Kate Elliott
Dr Kate Elliott

Neuropsychologist | Clinical Psychologist

Kate helps with:

Cognitive assessments to assist with: Bariatric assessment and support Returning to the workplace after an accident Traumatic Brain Injury (workplace accidents, car accidents, victims of crime) Acquired Brain Injury (strokes, cancer recovery, drug use) Intellectual disability testing

Clinical Psychology for: Adult survivors of abuse Family violence survivors Emotional abuse Eating disorders Generalised anxietyObsessive Compulsive Disorder Panic Disorder Perfectionism Post-natal depression Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Social Anxiety

When I established the clinic, my goal was to build a team of psychologists who genuinely care about improving emotional wellbeing for children and adults in Perth. As Gateway Psychological Services has grown, we’ve introduced more services for more people.Today, the most rewarding part of my work with cognitive assessments and clinical psychology is seeing the difference we make in people’s lives. Through a combination of empathy and perseverance, we help our clients achieve life-changing breakthroughs.

Qualifications and memberships

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Master’s degree in Community Development Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (minor in Children and Family Studies)

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Want to know more about our cognitive assessments for developmental and learning disorders?

Contact our helpful reception team today.

What types of disorders does cognitive testing identify?

Usually, you’ll have been referred to our clinic because an education or medical professional suspects your child or teen has a developmental or specific learning disorder.

We use cognitive assessments to discover or confirm:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Learning disorders such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia

Giftedness (academic)

If you’re concerned or would like to know more about a particular developmental or learning disorder, simply contact our helpful reception team.

What does a cognitive assessment for developmental and learning disorders involve?

We understand that the idea of completing a cognitive assessment can be stressful for your child or teen and, also, for you. We conduct the assessment in the soothing environment of our beautiful Midland clinic to help you and your child feel calm and safe throughout. Our team takes great care to ease any distress you or your family might be feeling. There are several simple steps involved.

An interview with the child’s primary careers

This interview helps us obtain essential developmental information and clarify your current concerns.


We may also ask you to:


Complete some questionnaires


Forward questionnaires to relevant teachers or aides at your child or teen’s school


Complete consent forms that allow us to retrieve hospital records for your child or teen

A range of activities for your child or teen

These may include:

Answering questions Remembering stories Looking at pictures

Completing puzzles
Writing things down

We may also examine:

Memory Concentration Visuo-spatial skills Problem solving

Language Academic skills Planning and organisation

After the assessment

We will prepare a comprehensive report for your referrer (e.g. doctor or school) including recommendations for treatment or future planning. As the primary carer/s, you will be offered a feedback session to ensure you understand our findings and recommendations. In certain circumstances we may recommend an assessment review in 12-18 months.

If your child or teen struggles with school, a cognitive assessment can be the starting point to helping them achieve their full potential.

Reach out to our cognitive assessment team for experienced, professional help.