Adelaide Beyond IQ Scores

Tuesday, 24-07-2018 all daytoTuesday, 24-07-2018
Strathmore Hotel, Adelaide
129 North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000, SA, Australia
Start From: $440.00

Beyond IQ Scores: Clinical Value of Behavioural Observations during Cognitive & Developmental Assessments

Adelaide 24 July 2018

Why focus on behaviours displayed during cognitive and developmental assessments?

Cognitive and developmental assessments provide a wealth of information about how children and adolescents respond to both academic and social demands. How children and adolescents respond to an examiner offering unfamiliar activities in an unfamiliar environment can provide important clues in identifying further assessments required, including autism, learning difficulties, ADHD, ODD, executive functioning and anxiety.

Who should attend?

Psychologists who want to observe & report on behaviours, refer on appropriately and make recommendations with confidence.

Why this workshop?

Often training focuses on administering, scoring and reporting on the client’s performance in relation to norms. However cognitive and developmental assessments offer a rich opportunity to observe more than their verbal, visuospatial, memory and processing speed skills (i.e. coping with a change in their routine, following your agenda, adapting in response to feedback, dealing with uncertainty, frustration and boredom). This workshop includes videos, case reviews, and examples of reports. Course notes include a checklist of behaviours, tips on what behaviours may mean, and further assessments & strategies to recommend.

Who is the presenter?

Lydia Meem, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Autism Understanding, specialises in autism and developmental disabilities. She provides autism, cognitive, developmental, attention, reading and adaptive assessments. She tailors behavioural strategies for families with children with ASD, and provides training for parents, teachers, and psychologists. Lydia has worked as a School Counsellor in a mainstream independent school for students from Preschool to Year 12. Lydia previously worked as a Family Counsellor at ASPECT’s Hunter School for Children with Autism, providing diagnostic assessments, outreach to schools and facilitating autism training. Lydia has also worked within two Psychology Teams focused on preventing and managing challenging behaviours in children, adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities living in the community and in a large residential centre. Lydia is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists and the Association of Psychologists in Developmental Disability Services. She presented her research on Cognitive Assessments in Autism at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2015.

Resources include:

 Cognitive Assessment Observation Checklist (89 behaviours worth noting when writing reports and referring on)
 How to gain and maintain rapport with kids with developmental difficulties
 How to modify assessments and how to include this in your report
 How to describe behaviours observed in the assessment, and how they may be relevant in the classroom and the playground
 Menu of recommendations & when to use them, including further assessments
 Samples of assessment reports including behavioural observations and strategies 
 Behavioural Brainstorming (functions to consider for challenging behaviours)
 Chain Analysis drawing (for incident debriefing and prevention of recurrence)
 Incident Prevention & Response Plan (sample of a completed IPRP & proforma)
 ASD Screening Tools and Autism Understanding’s ASD Student Profile
 Visual Timetables & Behaviour Supports for classroom, playground & home
 Visuals for Emotional Awareness and Regulation
 Social Stories: When I’m angry, When it’s noisy, Dealing with mistakes, Catching the school bus, We take turns to talk and listen (for primary school students), Being a good listener (for high school students), Assembly and awards, Athletics carnival, Information for Students (zoo excursion), Touching myself in private

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided

Tuesday 24 July 2018 (Term 3, Week 1)

Strathmore Hotel, 129 North Terrace, ADELAIDE


Registration & Coffee: 9am - 9:30

Workshop: 9:30am - 4pm

To Register: Click on the "Join Event" button above.

Early Bird - Price: $396 (Incl $36 GST) Payment must be received by Wed 13 June 2018 (Term 2, Week 7)

Standard - Price: $440 (Incl $40 GST) Payment must be received by Thurs 5 July 2018 (Term 2, Week 10)

To register after 5 July, please call (02) 4967 3363 or email to check there are still places available.  

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