Why focus on behaviours displayed during cognitive and developmental assessments?
Cognitive and developmental assessments provide a wealth of information about how children and adolescents respond to both academic and social demands. How children and adolescents respond to an examiner offering unfamiliar activities in an unfamiliar environment can provide important clues in identifying further assessments required, including autism, learning difficulties, ADHD, ODD, executive functioning and anxiety.
Why this workshop?
Often training focuses on administering, scoring and reporting on the client’s performance in relation to norms. However cognitive and developmental assessments offer a rich opportunity to observe more than the client’s verbal, visuospatial,memory and processing speed skills (i.e. coping with a change in their routine, following your agenda, adapting in response to feedback, dealing with uncertainty, frustration and boredom). This workshop includes videos, case reviews, and examples of reports. Course notes include a checklist of behaviours, tips on what behaviours may mean, and further assessments & strategies to recommend.
Who should attend?
Psychologists who want to observe & report on behaviours, refer on appropriately and make recommendations with confidence.
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided
Research basis for the workshop
Lydia Meem (Clinical Psychologist, Autism Understanding) asked Australian psychologists to complete an online case review questionnaire to identify behaviours displayed during cognitive and developmental assessments conducted as part of their usual caseload. Comparison of an ASD group (n=114) versus a non-ASD clinical group (n=34) identified 18 behaviours significantly more likely to be displayed by the autism group. The autism group was also significantly more likely to display a “spiky’ pattern in their profile of subtest scaled scores. Lydia then developed a “Cognitive Assessment Behaviour Checklist: 89 behaviours worth noting when writing reports and referring on”. (Presented at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, 2015)
Lydia Meem BA(Psych)(Hons), MPsych(Clin), MAPS, CClin
Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Autism Understanding Pty Ltd
Lydia specialises in autism and developmental disabilities. She provides a range of assessments, tailors behavioural strategies for families with children with ASD, and providies ASD training for parents, teachers, and school counsellors. Lydia has worked as a School Counsellor in a mainstream independent school for students from Preschool to Year 12. Lydia previously worked as a Family Counsellor at ASPECT’s Hunter School for Children with Autism, providing diagnostic assessments, outreach to schools and facilitating autism training. Lydia has also worked within two Psychology Teams focused on preventing and managing challenging behaviours in children, adolescent and adults with intellectual disabilities living in the community and in a large residential centre. Lydia is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists and the Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services. She presented her research on Cognitive Assessments in Autism at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2015.
Assessment Resources included:
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Autism resources included:
How do I secure my place in the workshop?
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|Event Start Date||28-03-2019|
|Event End Date||28-03-2019|
|Location||Parramatta RSL Club, Sydney|