Psychological Assessment is a process of testing and assessing an individual using a combination of techniques as assessment measures. This process allows for the development of treatment plan or suitable intervention based on the individual’s unique functioning, as determined by the assessment process. Assessments are conducted for a number of reasons; difficulty at school, uncertainty about the future or emotional or behavioural problems to name a few.
Assessments can assist the psychologist to understand the underlying reasons behind these difficulties and provide understanding to parents, teachers and children about their current functioning and the best way forward thereafter. Psychological assessment comprises of a number of a components in order to provide a holistic picture of the individual. It is important that the assessment process is guided to assist in future development rather than focussing on problems and difficulties.