Cognitive Assessments

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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 specialise 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 Autism 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)

I am iron, and I forge myself.Lagertha - Viking Shield Maiden
Holly Nelson
Holly Nelson

Clinical Neuropsychologist Registrar

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Holly Nelson
Holly Nelson

Clinical Neuropsychologist | Registrar

Holly helps with:

Cognitive and diagnostic assessments for: Specific learning disorders (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Intellectual disability Giftedness and twice-exceptional Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Williams Syndrome Epilepsy Traumatic brain injury Stroke Cerebral palsy

Holly is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions and has special interests in the areas of learning disorders, ADHD, giftedness, intellectual disability and Williams Syndrome. Holly is experienced in providing comprehensive assessments and accurate diagnoses, with clinical experience gained across a number of settings in both Sydney and Perth. Through comprehensive assessments of intellectual, academic, memory and executive functioning skills, parents gain a better understanding their child's strengths and weaknesses, and support strategies are provided to help children reach their full potential.

Holly understands that neurodevelopmental conditions and learning disorders can have significant academic, social, behavioural and psychological impacts. She is passionate about providing targeted evidence-based strategies designed to help individuals improve, or compensate for, deficits in a range of thinking skills (such as concentration, working memory and executive functioning) and learning difficulties. Holly enjoys providing assessment and intervention strategies for children, adolescents and adults to support progress at school, university/vocational studies and work. She is experienced in developing individualised support strategies to help overcome areas of weaknesses with the aim of improving independence, confidence and overall quality of life.

Qualifications and memberships Master of Clinical Neuropsychology Bachelor of Science (Honours) with First Class Honours Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) Member of The Australian Paediatric Neuropsychology Research Network Professional Member of ADHD WA Professional

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.JK Rowling
Juhi Sanghavi
Juhi Sanghavi

Clinical Neuropsychologist

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Juhi Sanghavi
Juhi Sanghavi

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Juhi helps with

Cognitive assessments to assist with: Acquired Brain Injury (ABI; traumatic brain injury, strokes) Neurological disorders (dementia, Multiple Sclerosis) Intellectual disability/ability testing Dyslexia – i.e. Specific Learning DisorderAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Psychological therapy including: Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) Anxiety (young adults) Depression (young adults) Adjustment post Neurological disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, stroke, ABI)

With diverse experience gained in private practices in Perth and Canberra, as well as major Sydney hospitals, I enjoy treating clients with a wide range of disorders ranging from children to adults. My hospital work included diagnostic assessments for Autism, ADHD and other learning disorders in children. I also treated adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), dementia and other neurological disorders.I have a particular interest in using Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) to help my clients with ABI learn to maximise their cognitive potential.

Qualifications and memberships

Master of Clinical Neuropsychology Bachelor of Science (honours) with First Class Honours – Quantitative research Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) Member of College of Clinical Neuropsychologists WA committee

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Juanita Scudds
Juanita Scudds

Senior 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 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:

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

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 specialised, professional help.