Intellectual Disability Assessment

What is Intellectual Disability?

 

An intellectual disability is characterized by severe impairments in cognitive functioning and adaptive behaviours. Intellectual functioning refers to a range of mental abilities including verbal comprehension, visual spatial skills, abstract thinking, memory abilities, the ability to think quickly and accurately, and the ability to make and execute decisions. Deficits in cognitive functioning are assessed through an IQ test. Adaptive functioning refers to the skills that are needed for daily, independent living. Such skills include communication, social skills, the ability to maintain personal hygiene, and the ability to function at school or work. Adaptive functioning can be measured through standardized, culturally appropriate tests.

What is a Intellectual Disability Assessment?

 

An Intellectual assessment can help us determine a child’s level of intellectual ability or learning potential. This is sometimes called an IQ Assessment, as IQ is short for intelligence quotient, which is a way to measure intelligence.

 

At Northshore Kidspace we offer Intellectual assessment for children and adolescents. These tests can provide an estimate of a child’s overall intellectual functioning, as well as his or her ability in specific cognitive areas such as working memory and processing speed.

Our Intellectual Disability Assessment Process

The process of having an Intellectual Assessment with us involves 4 stages:

  1. Clinical Consultation with one of our psychologists. In this consultation the psychologist will perform a one-hour initial interview in order to obtain all relevant background information.
     

  2. Completing the IQ test. Our psychologist will sit with you or your child to administer the IQ test. Two-hours is allocated for administration of the WISC or WAIS, however completion times vary depending on the individual test-taker.
     

  3. Our psychologist will write a detailed report, which includes a summary of the background information, an overview of the key test results, a summary and interpretation of these results and personally-tailored recommendations fur further action.
     

  4. Our psychologist will meet with you for a one hour discussion session to discuss the results of the IQ test and the report.