Emotional and behavioural assessments

Many children experience some form of emotional distress. Parents may be unaware of the impact this distress has on their child's feelings, thoughts and behaviour. Emotional and behavioural assessments can help identify the reasons for a child's extreme emotions or behaviour.

These assessments examine whether a child exhibits challenging behaviour or emotions which falls outside the range of expected, age-appropriate behaviour. Behavioural concerns may include difficulties around hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggression, or sustaining attention. Emotional concerns include when a child experiences extreme anger, anxiety or sadness.

What to expect

Emotional and behavioural assessments involve a detailed process. Tanya will first interview the parent to get the developmental history, coupled with diagnostic questionnaires. She will also interview teachers and observe the child in school.

With this knowledge, Tanya can better understand the underlying causes of your child's behaviour and emotions. She develops individualised treatment plans to assist parents and teachers in managing a child’s challenging behaviour at home and in the school setting.

Emotional and behavioural assessments can identify the following:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Anger issues
  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Significant anxiety, fear, sadness, or depression
  • Poor self-esteem

Contact Educational Psychologist, Tanya if your child is showing emotional or behavioural tendencies that are outside of the norm.