A. What is a Psychological Assessment?
It is a combination of techniques to help arrive at a conclusion regarding the child and his/her behaviour, personality and capabilities.
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They help in assessing the attention span, memory, language skills, thought patterns, behaviour, ability to reason etc.
It measures the individual’s ability to learn and understand several concepts such as measuring reading, writing and speech of the child in comparison with the children of their age group.
There are behaviour tests that assess interest, personality, values.
Intellectual tests that assess reasoning, problem solving, abstract thinking, judgement, academic learning.
Pros of Psychological assessments-
They can help you get a diagnosis
They can help in establishing the baseline
They can help establish the non-medical problems
They can help in knowing professional strengths and weaknesses.
How does it benefit the children?
Psychological assessments help in understanding child’s needs.
It can help the person to know more about the treatment of the child.
It can help us to know about the field in which the child can excel.
How does it benefit the parents?
It can provide understanding to parents and insight to child’s behavior.
Support programs that is according to the child’s needs in school and home.
It helps parents to cope up with themselves.
B. Counselling- Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Sometimes, the term ‘counselling’ is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.