Psychological assessment of children
Gaining insight into a child’s strengths and challenges
The purpose of the psychological assessment is to uncover the child’s strengths and challenges, in order to plan the necessary support. This can be done through observations, testing and other channels, to ensure the most accurate assessment.
- Delayed development
- Attentional difficulties
- Behavioral issues
- Cerebral palsy
- Prenatal exposure to medication, alcohol etc.
The assessment is planned in accordance with your needs and requirements and can be performed in Danish or English, depending on the language spoken at home or at school. If the child has recently moved to Denmark and not yet acquired sufficient language skills in Danish or English, the assessment can be based on nonverbal skills, observation etc., and provide you with a guideline for preliminary support.
The assessment usually takes place in the child’s home or school-environment for the child to feel safe and at ease.
The psychological assessment can be used as a guideline for counseling parents and teachers working with the child, as well as planning the support needed to ensure optimal development in school and at home. If there is an indication of a psychiatric diagnosis, the assessment can be used in referring the child to further evaluation at the hospital.
A psychological assessment could consist of some of the following elements:
- Anamnestic interview with the parents
- Interview with the child’s teachers
- Observation at home or at your child’s nursery, daycare or school
- A standardised test of intelligence, sometimes called a cognitive test
- A follow up consultation to discuss the findings and answer any questions that may arise
- A comprehensive report with results and recommendations, in Danish or English