Cognitive Assessments FAQs

Do I need a psychologist?

A Psychologist can diagnose Dyslexia, Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, or DCD), Dyscalculia and is able to identify typical ADHD difficulties in the workplace, though usually this also includes a referral to a clinician to ensure that there are no medical issues related to the condition.

Autistic Spectrum Condition, Tourette’s Syndrome and other neurodiverse issues such as anxiety and depression should be formally diagnosed in by a specialist clinician. A cognitive assessment is, however, very useful for establishing how the conditions affect work performance and identifying strengths.

What is a cognitive assessment?

A cognitive assessment ascertains whether an individual does indeed have a condition such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and / or Dyscalculia. The assessment can also highlight if the individual has a high probability for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

A cognitive assessment also provides a reliable measure of strengths, difficulties and potential opportunities and how these relate to job roles and work performance. This can also be useful for those with conditions such as depression or cognitive impairments.

Will I know what workplace accommodations I need to implement?

In order to be thorough about workplace accommodations, you will need a workplace needs assessment. This is because the accommodations have to take into account the individual’s ability AND the demands of their job.

For this we have to talk to managers, look at the work space and tools used and much more.

What happens after a report?

There will be some recommendations that you can put into place immediately.  These might include using headphones to block out background noise, or using a reading stand to copy onto computer screen.  It could be a recommendation to take a 5 minute break every 90 mins to avoid overwhelm.  We also recommend coaching and assistive technology.

There will also be some follow up resources to explore.

You can always contact us again for more information to to further explain, there is no extra charge for this.

When will I get feedback?

Our psychologists provide feedback to our clients during the session. This will be a brief overview of what we are noticing so far, and what can be done. We then deliver a report to our clients.

We let the individual check and understand the report before forwarding a summary to the employer, completing the process within 10 working days of the assessment.

The summary will have details of the diagnosis, strengths and weaknesses and what to do about it, but not personal history and IQ scores.

We always give the option of a follow up phone call or meeting because the most important thing to us is that you understand your report.  There is no extra charge for this.

For more information

Contact our Head Office for further details, costs and timescales.

info@geniuswithin.org 802 291 3526

 

How do you know if it IS Neurodiversity?

We look at:

• Developmental, education and working histories using validated checklists

• Difficulties and strengths in working short term and long term memory

• The variations in scores for the ability tests – visual, verbal, spatial and processing speed

• The variations in scores for the attainment tests – spelling, word procession, rapid visual processing, motor control

We also talk to you and gain an understanding of how each of our clients’ perceives strengths and weaknesses.  This is very important.

The results of all the above help us to form a diagnosis.

What happens during the testing?

A licensed Psychologist will deliver a series of cognitive ability tests, examining verbal and non-verbal skills as well as literacy and fine motor control. These take between 2 to 4 hours.

The psychologist will also ask about early development and education, to build up a good picture of how our client has experienced both difficulties and strengths over time.