CLAIRE Davis

PSYCHOLOGIST

B.Psych (Hons)

Claire provides psychological testing and assessments for children, adolescents, and adults using standardised psychological assessments to identify assess cognitive capacity, learning difficulties, and behavioural concerns. Claire provides a comprehensive assessment including test implementation and interview and provides a personalised report with recommendations, to ensure the individual can best be supported at home, school, and in the workforce.

Approach

Assessments can provide useful information to assist people improve how their lives. Assessment results can have a significant impact assisting people identify the best support measures available for their specific needs, to provide required documentation to access funding or by providing that ‘missing piece’ of the puzzle to help people better understand themselves. The benefits can assist people in school, at work and more generally across all facets of life.

While the benefits that can be obtained from assessments are numerous, the idea of completing a standardised psychological assessment can be overwhelming and confronting. In recognition of how much can ride on the results, I take a lot of care in trying to make the situation as comfortable and supportive as possible. I gather information prior to an assessment being conducted in order to get to know the person, strengths and challenges, life experiences and family background. This not only ensures we can ensure the most suitable assessment tools but also ensures the interpretation occurs within the person’s own context.

The results from the assessments are not just numbers and scores – they provide valuable information that can shape recommendations in how the person can best be supported to live their best life.

I have worked in a range of settings including childcare centres, primary and high schools, non-for-profit organisations, NSW Health community sites, NDIS services, and adult mental health in-patient and out-patient wards.

CLIENT I SEE:  Children, Adolescents, Adults

Specific Areas of Work:

Assessments & Psychometric testing in:

  • Cognitive disabilities.
  • Gifted and talented.
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Behaviour concerns.
  • Attention Disorder/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
  • Memory capacity.
  • Executive functioning capacity.
  • Sensory processing concerns.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Approaches I use:

Please see the page on assessments on our website for more information about the assessments currently available at Wellbeing Clinic.

Cognitive assessments

Cognitive assessments (IQ tests or intelligence tests) are used to determine an individual’s learning capability by identifying their cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The results of these tests can help identify intellectual giftedness as well as learning and intellectual disabilities.

Assessments may include:

  • The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Fourth ed. (WPPSI-IV) can be used with children aged from 2 years 6 months to 7 years 7 months.
  • The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth ed. (WISC-V) is an assessment for children aged 6 years to 16 years, 11 months.
  • The Standford-Binet Intelligence Scales-Fifth ed. (SB5) is a cognitive assessment for individuals aged 2 to 85 years of age.

Academic assessments

Academic assessments measure an individual’s academic ability in a range of areas including oral language, basic reading, reading comprehension and fluency, written expression, mathematics and maths fluency. They help identify learning disabilities and gifted children.

Assessments may include:

  • The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth ed. (WAIS-IV) is for adults aged 16 years to 90 years 11 months.

Behaviour assessment

Behavioural assessments examine whether an individual’s challenging behaviour falls outside the age-appropriate range. Concerns may include hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggression, difficult sustaining attention, and disruptions to learning and peer relations.

Assessments may include:

Adaptive behaviour assessment

  • Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scale Third ed (Vineland-3) if for people aged 0 to 90 years.

ADHD Assessments 

  • Connors (ages 6-18 years).
  • Behaviour Assessment System of Children-Third ed. (BASC-3) for ages 2 years to 21 years, 11 months.

Functional assessments

Functional assessments explore an individual’s capacity in a specific area and determines strengths and weaknesses. Results from these assessments can help identify underlying causes for a wide range of daily challenges.

Assessments may include:

Memory assessments

  • Children’s Memory Scale (CMS) for individuals aged 5-16 years of age.
  • Wechsler Memory Scale-Fourth ed. (WMS-4) for individuals aged 16 to 90 years, 11 months.

Executive Functioning

  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS) is designed for individuals aged 8 to 89 years old.

Screening assessments

Screening assessments are smaller, standalone assessment tools that can be used for a range of reasons including early identification of individuals who are at higher risk for a specific condition or disorder, this can help to guide treatment planning, to monitor changes in symptoms over time, or to better guide the selection of appropriate assessment tools.)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 
  • *  Connors (ages 6-18years).
  • Sensory Processing Concerns 
  • *Sensory Profile 2 (ages birth-14 years, 11 months).
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • *Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS) (ages 2-18 years).
  • Behaviour Concerns (including symptoms of depression, anxiety, Autism, ADHD, and oppositional/defiant behaviours)
  • *Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) (ages 18 months-59 years).