Cognitive Assessments

For learning disorders

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Perth Cognitive Assessments For Autism, and 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 Neuropsychologist, Dr Kate Elliott, specialises in conducting cognitive assessments for learning disorders, and a range of other conditions affecting the brain. We also have several qualified and experienced ASD Assessors who offer Autism assessments for children and teens at Gateway Psychological Services:

Meet our ASD Assessors

Juanita Scudds
Juanita Scudds

Registered Psychologist

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Juanita Scudds
Juanita Scudds

Registered Psychologist

Juanita helps with:

Cognitive assessments for diagnosis of: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Dyslexia Giftedness (academic)

Psychological therapy for: Behaviour management Children, adolescents and adults with developmental disorders Emotional regulation Social skills

Autism Assessor

I specialise in assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and Academic (Gifted) individuals, from 18 months old through to adulthood.I'm particularly interested in helping gifted children and adolescents overcome anxiety and perfectionism.

Qualifications and memberships

Autism Assessor – trained to international assessment standards by Disability Services Commission Graduate Diploma in Education (School Psychology and Special Needs Education) Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology)

Penny Lam
Penny Lam

Speech Pathologist

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Penny Lam
Penny Lam

Speech Pathologist

Penny helps with:

Augmentative and alternative communication (low-tech forms through to provision and prescription of high-tech alternatives) Autism Spectrum Disorder (all through the lifespan) Childhood Apraxia of Speech Developmental Language Delay Disabilities and additional needs for children, adolescents and adults Hanen trained Early Intervention Parent-child interaction and coaching Positive behaviour support Speech disorders Speech disorders Supervision and mentoring of newer speech pathologists (or those wishing to extend their practice in a speciality area) Supporting children in schools with speech and language impairments

I’ve devoted 18 years to growing my expertise as a Speech Pathologist. I’ve managed speech pathology departments in Perth, regional WA and the UK. And I’ve held roles in the public and private sectors as well as hospital, community and educational settings.I’m also a trained assessor for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Qualifications and memberships

Autism Assessor – trained to international assessment standards by Disability Services Commission Bachelor of Science (Human Communication Science)

Want to know more about our specialised cognitive assessments for 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 specific learning disorder.


We use cognitive assessments to discover or confirm:


Autism Spectrum Disorder


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


Language disorders such as Dyslexia


Giftedness (academic)

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

What does a cognitive assessment for 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 specialised, professional help.