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A neuropsychological assessment is made up of scientific tests that measure mental capabilities, cognitive strengths, and behavioural styles.

The Assessment Process

The assessment takes place over a five-hour period which includes breaks in-between each stage of the assessment. The actual time it takes each individual can vary depending on how the client presents through each stage of the assessment.

  1. Initial clinical interview (approximately 60 min)
  2. Cognitive IQ Assessment (approximately 60 min)
  3. Neuropsychological assessment including academic skills, language, attention, executive functioning, psychosocial functioning (approximately 2 hours)
  4. Feedback session approximately 2-3 weeks later (45 min)
  5. Comprehensive written report with results, feedback and recommendations

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Initial clinical interview

If you are a child, teenager or even perhaps a young adult, it is important to have the parent(s), caregiver or other significant person in this session who can help provide insights into the specific questions asked during this history taking session. We will discuss medical history and also ‘thinking skills’ (things you are good at and things you find difficult) and these questions may relate to development from conception through to early childhood development, school aged educational development up until the current stage of life and including any medical history.

If the client is sensitive to discussing history, for example a child, we can complete this process with the parent or caregiver while the child is busy with an activity in the waiting room.

If you are older, you are welcome to bring a significant other with you to support you during this time, however it is not essential. We may ask you to provide contact information for someone who knows you well so they can complete a questionnaire with specific questions as well. This does not have to be during the appointment time.


Cognitive IQ Assessment

After a short break following the history taking session, the client being assessed will now start the cognitive IQ assessment individually with the assessor.

If the client is a child, parents or caregivers should wait in the clinic waiting room as there will be breaks for the child, including lunch. If the client is a teenager or adult, parents, caregivers or support people are welcome to leave or leave and come back at the end. For younger children and teenagers, parents will have some questionnaires to complete that they can do while waiting.


Neuropsychological assessment

Following a break, usually for lunch, the next session is the neuropsychological assessment including academic skills, language, attention, executive functioning, psychosocial functioning.


Feedback Session

2-3 weeks after your assessment, you will come back for a 45 minute feedback session where we will go over your results in detail with you so that you have a chance to hear the findings in plain english and ask any questions.


Comprehensive Report

1-2 weeks after your feedback session, you’ll receive your comprehensive written report with results, feedback and recommendations so that you can improve your skills or adapt.


Fees

From 1 July 2022, the Neuropsychological Assessment is $1,200 which includes the comprehensive assessment (approximately 5 hours), analysis, feedback session, and finally, comprehensive report with recommendations.

Unfortunately, Medicare does not provide a rebate for psychometric testing, therefore no Medicare rebate is available.


Bookings

Please note that the current wait time to get an assessment booking is approximately 12-14 months from the current date. Because of this, we are now operating a waitlist.

Please complete the following form to join the Neuropsychological Assessment Waitlist and we will contact you when you reach the top of the waitlist for an appointment approximately 2-3 months later.

Neuropsychological Assessment Waitlist


Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice for cancellations of appointments. Please contact us on (08) 6457 7544 or email hello@adhdwa.org during normal working hours if you are unable to attend. If it is the first time that you cancel or reschedule with less than 24 hours’ notice, or do not attend, no cancellation fee will apply. Any time after this a cancellation fee of $50 will be charged.

A reminder email is sent before your appointment, as well as a text message asking you to confirm your appoint will be sent to your mobile phone prior to your appointment and is intended to provide ample opportunity for you to reschedule if required. Medicare and Private Health Insurers will not subside a cancellation or non-attendance fee, this will be your sole responsibility.


Practitioners

Our Neuropsychological Assessments are conducted by Cayla Bellagarda – Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar, India Kelsall-Foreman – Senior Psychometric Testing Assistant, and Dr Andrew Sheridan – Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist in conjunction with Natalie Pepping, final year neuropsychology student.

Cayla Bellagarda

Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar

Cayla is a Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar in the final stages of her Masters/PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Western Australia. She has experience conducting neuropsychological assessments across the lifespan, including children, adults and older adults. Cayla is particularly interested in working with adolescents and young adults, and how significant life changes can interact with neurodevelopmental,…

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Mondays and Tuesdays

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Dr. India Kelsall-Foreman

Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar

India is a Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar who recently completed her MPsych/PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Western Australia. In her clinical work, India has worked in both private and public settings and has experience with providing neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan, including to adolescents, adults, and older adults. India is particularly interested in…

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Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

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Dr. Andrew Sheridan

Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist

Dr Andrew Sheridan trained in the UK as a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist and holds dual registration with AHPRA. Towards the beginning of his career he focused on Paediatric Neuropsychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Oxford Children’s Hospital. Since moving to Australia, he has focused on both child and adult Neuropsychology, specialising in conditions…

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8:00am - 10:00am

Thursday and Friday

$210 per session

10:00am - 6:00pm

Saturdays

$220 per session

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Natalie Pepping

Provisionally Registered Psychologist | Clinical Neuropsychology Student Placement

Natalie is a provisionally registered psychologist in the final stages of completing her Masters/PhD of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Western Australia. She has experience conducting neuropsychological assessmentswith children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Natalie is particularly interested in working with clients to develop individualised strategies and techniques that enable them to improve their…

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Thursdays, assessments from 10am-3pm, under Dr Andrew Sheridan supervision

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Assessments

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Neuropsycological Assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment is made up of scientific tests that measure mental capabilities, cognitive strengths, and behavioural styles.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment takes place over a five hour period with plenty of breaks in between. Assessments typically start at 10am and finish by 3pm. The time it takes each client varies based off their individual performance and occasionally it may take longer, or may finish earlier.

What do I need to bring with me?

Depending on your age, it is ideal to bring as many school reports as possible but the school age Year 4 through to Year 8 are the most useful. If you do not have a copy, you could try getting in touch with your school to see if they can provide an electronic copy to you. While having school reports is extremely helpful in the assessment process, many adults who completed schooling some time ago may no longer have access which is also fine.

Bring any reports or assessments you have have completed. These may include reports from specialists such as a paediatrician, psychiatrist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, psychologist, or other.

Bring a water bottle and snacks. There is a café within a five minute walk time from our office also should you wish to purchase your lunch during a break.

Will I find out the results on the day?

No. Once you have completed the assessment on the day, your results will be analysed along with reviewing school reports, other reports, questionnaires completed on the day and depending on the age of the client, we may wish to ask a teacher that knows the client well to also complete a questionnaire.

Results of your assessment are usually given verbally at the 45 minute feedback session approximately two to three weeks later along with a brief summary page to take away with you.

Very occasionally the assessor will ask for a further test or questionnaire to be administered depending on the results so far.

Can I bring a support person with me?

Absolutely, in fact it is useful to bring along a significant other whether it is a partner, parent, family member or other person who knows you well, in particular, knew you well as a child to participate in the initial one hour interview.  After this time, we do encourage your support person wait outside of the office if they wish to stay, to allow room for other clients coming and going throughout the day.

If the client is a child under the age of 16, a parent or caregiver must remain for the entire duration of the assessment and we appreciate your support in finding alternative care for other children or siblings.

Can ADHD WA prescribe medication to treat ADHD?

No. The prescribing of stimulant medicines is restricted to medical practitioners who are:

• authorised in writing by the Department of Health;
• practicing in Western Australia;
• in a category of approved specialist medical practitioner; and
• treating approved indications.

Medical practitioners approved to prescribe stimulant medication to treat ADHD include:

  • Paediatrician
  • Child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurologist
  • Paediatric neurologist

With a shortage of ADHD treating specialists across WA, once you have booked your assessment with us, we recommend booking visiting your GP for a referral to an approved medical practitioner for 6-8 weeks after your assessment date. This allows time for you to receive your report and will help reduce a wait time to see a specialist once you receive the results of your neuropsychological assessment, should your assessment indicate ADHD.  Be sure to research and find an available specialist before visiting your GP for the referral.