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Cognitive Assessments – Intellectual Giftedness

Do you believe your child is demonstrating behaviours or abilities beyond the levels typically expected in their age group? Maybe you’ve been told by carers or teachers that your child’s development is highly advanced. If you’re ready to explore this further and understand what it might mean for your child and for your family, we can help. At Gateway Psychological Services, we offer cognitive testing for giftedness. Our highly skilled psychologists have expertise and experience in cognitive assessments to establish intellectual giftedness in children.

Meet our Assessors

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

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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)

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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Want to explore what cognitive testing for giftedness could mean for your child?

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What Are The Signs My Child May Be Gifted?

Every child is different, but there are a few broad signs that you may have a gifted child. Have you consistently noticed any of the following traits?

Language skills developing
earlier than others

Using a vocabulary beyond their
age group or experience

Demonstrating exceptional recall

Driven to learn without encouragement –
advanced intellectual curiosity

Applying high levels of concentration to
tasks they find interesting

Embracing abstract thinking

A sharp or curious sense of humour

Exhibiting intense or disproportionate
reactions or feelings

Feeling a strong sense of justice

Able to focus deeply on topics of interest

Frequently lost in their own thoughts –
highly imaginative

If your child’s behaviours indicate that they are displaying advanced academic development, a neuropsychological assessment could be useful. It can help profile your child’s strengths, provide a neuropsychological baseline for future comparison and predict possible educational or social outcomes to influence school choices.

Ready to learn more about our cognitive assessments for giftedness?

IQ is Only Part of the Equation for Giftedness Testing

While your child’s schools and other educational institutions usually require evidence relating to IQ, our cognitive assessments go further. We aim to measure your child’s functional strengths and weaknesses to ensure you, and they, are prepared for a lifetime of giftedness.

If you’d like to learn more or organise a professional, thorough cognitive assessment for your child, contact us today.