Assessment Process

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A typical assessment for a child would be as follows:

45 minutes. The case psychologist will meet with the parents (or the child’s caregiver) for a brief discussion, and to obtain background information on the child concerned.

This could be either a Developmental assessment, School readiness assessment, an IQ assessment or a psychodynamic (behaviour) assessment depending on the presenting problem.

– IQ / Cognitive assessment

– Developmental assessment

– School readiness assessment

– Psychodynamic assessment

Depending on the nature of the concern, one, two or occasionally more assessments may be considered necessary for example:

– Occupational Therapy assessment

– Speech and Lanuage assessment

– Scholastic Skills / Remedial assessment

Each of the above assessments lasts between 1 and 2 hours. In the case of the preschool children, we will break up the assessments into two sessions on two different days. Most testing is carried out in the morning to ensure that the child is at his/her best

In certain instances, counselling of parents rather than an assessment of the child may be indicated, eg, the parenting a child with complex needs, management of difficult behaviour, discipline issues.

After the last assessment a time will be booked for a report back interview with the original interviewer to discuss the findings and recommendation with the child’s parents (or the child’s caregiver).

The Report back Interview usually takes 45 minutes. Appointments are charged for according to the duration of the interview as per your case psychologist.

While due regard is given to confidentiality, the professional team and restricted administration staff need to have access to the child’s information.

Reports will be typed once full payment has been made and only after the report back interview has taken place. Please allow 10 working days after date of report back interview/ date of full settlement (whichever occurs last) for a written report to be finalised.

We do claim from most medical aids; however, members are advised to pay us and then claim from their medical aid to avoid frustrating delays in obtaining the child’s written report. At our discretion, we will submit claims directly to certain medical aids. Most medical aids include some, or most of our services as a benefit, and a few require a medical motivational letter. Parents are advised to please check their benefits before making an appointment. There is also a co-payment due for the amount not covered by medical aid.

Please note Medical Aid Paying Clients:

Please note if clients are using medical aid as a payment method there is a co-payment and that the total co-payment for the intake interview, first assessment, report back and written report must be paid in full on the day of their first appointment. Please contact the Clinical Intake Coordinator for a breakdown of these rates.

Please also note that the main member of the medical aid must be present at the intake interview and report back interview or alternatively the parent/guardian that is present must be a dependent on the medical aid in order for us to claim. If this is not the case, the intake interview and report back must be paid for in cash in full on the day of the client’s first appointment.

Please note Cash Paying Clients:

Please note if clients are paying cash the total payment for the intake interview, first assessment, report back and written report must be paid in full on the day of their first appointment.

Kindly note that all appointments must be scheduled with the intake-coordinator telephonically.

Phone: 031 208 5117