Cognitive Functioning and IQ Assessments

What does it mean?

The cognitive functioning assessments for children are designed to evaluate the mental functioning of children of ages 4 to 16 years. It is used to determine a child’s general thinking and reasoning abilities, also known as intellectual functioning or IQ

What are the components it measures?

Specifically, the assessment measure the components consists of a series of tests such as:

Verbal comprehension

Understanding verbal information, thinking in words and expressing thoughts in words.

Perceptual reasoning

Ability to organise and reason with visual information, and to solve visual problems. 

Working memory

Ability to retain and manipulate verbal information. 

Processing speed

Ability to scan, process and identify information accurately.

Fluid Reasoning

The ability to use conceptual information from visual details and apply that knowledge.

Why and How do cognitive assessments help your child?

There are many reasons why your child’s suggested for cognitive assessment.

  1. To identify a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses. 
  2. Obtain an accurate profile of your child’s overall intellectual functioning or IQ level. 
  3. Assist in developing learning strategies and recommendations. 
  4. In exploring children’s learning difficulties.  
  5. Investigation of Intellectual giftedness, Intellectual disability, Specific learning disabilities, Autism spectrum and  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

How are cognitive and IQ assessments run?

NEA life follow procedure including:

  1. Gathering comprehensive background information through interviews with the child, parents and school teachers.
  2. The administration of standardised tests by trained psychologists.
  3. A feedback and counselling session and provision of a report to explain findings, provide recommendations and opportunities to clarify information.
  4. Further remedial and therapeutic support.