Psychometric Assessment for NDIS Participants

Those interested in participating in the NDIS have probably come across the term ‘psychometric assessment’. It can be a valuable tool when it comes to getting the most out of your plan, but what is it exactly? 

What is a Psychometric Assessment?

Psychometric assessments are the tests used by psychologists to objectively measure a participant’s intelligence, personality, abilities, and aptitude. Collating and interpreting the data they provide helps the psychologist make diagnoses and identify the best care and support options.

Below you’ll find some of the many psychometric assessments commonly used by service providers.

Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS IV) and Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children – (WISC IV)

Providing a good measure of overall intelligence (including IQ), this test is amongst the most widely used. There are separate assessments for adults and children, but both offer insight into the following four important areas: 

  • Verbal Comprehension –  The application of verbal skills and information to problem solving.

  • Perceptual Reasoning – The ability to engage in non-verbal reasoning using images.

  • Working Memory – Working memory, short-term memory, sustained attention, and auditory processing.

  • Processing Speed – Visual-motor coordination, attention, concentration, and the speed of mental processing.

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)

Whereas the Weschler test is ideal for measuring a participant’s cognitive abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule is designed specifically to inform a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

It’s a semi-structured assessment that scores a participant’s response to social presses for communication, reciprocal social behaviour, repetitive behaviours and stereotyped interest patterns. The modules that are used vary based on how verbally fluent the child or adult is, but either way the test takes around 45 – 60 to complete.

Conners Rating Scale 3

The Conners Rating Scale 3 assesses Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its co-occurring conditions in those aged between 6 and 18 years old. Using observational data from parents and teachers, it takes into account behavioural markers including:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggression
  • Potential for violence
  • Compulsive behaviours
  • Perfectionism
  • Difficulty in class
  • Extra trouble with maths
  • Difficulty with language
  • Social issues
  • Emotional distress
  • Separation anxiety

Conners also helps the psychologist look for other signals of emotional and academic distress, including depression, dyslexia, and emotional disturbance.

Because of the subjective nature of this test, it’s important that results are interpreted alongside other relevant data, such as that from attention span tests and symptom checklists. 

Of course, these are just some of the tools a clinical psychologist may use in evaluating subjects or making diagnoses. There are many additional factors and assessments that can help determine the best treatment plan or support for the participant.  

How Do Psychometric Assessments Help NDIS Participants?

Psychometric Assessments allow support providers to gain a more complete picture of the participant as a person. When we better understand the participants’ cognition, abilities, wants, and needs through tests such as these, we can provide more relevant, personalised care. They can be crucial for matching the participant for the support worker who’s right for them.

As mentioned earlier, they’re also key to getting the most out of an NDIS plan. The funding received through the scheme is based primarily on what the NDIS deems reasonable and necessary for the participant’s needs. These assessments allow psychologists to recognise areas where further assistance and funding is not only available, but recommended. Their insights into both the NDIS system and the participant allows them to provide highly-regarded evidence that can support a claim of greater funding. Oftentimes they’re able to identify opportunities and challenges that even participants themselves haven’t considered.

Where Can You Get a Quality Psychometric Assessment?

If you’re looking to maximise your NDIS plan, or are interested in psychometric assessment for NDIS participants, Gold Coast based Urzi Psychology is for you.

Urzi Psychology is led by clinical psychologist Dino Urzi, who along with conducting insightful assessments, oversees a team of caring support workers who can assist with day-to-day activities, meeting needs, and achieving goals.

We also offer access to the Earthing Project – a holistic 12-week group therapy program that encourages community, health, and mental well-being through three distinct practices: Horticulture Therapy, Art Therapy and Music Therapy.

Reach out to the friendly team today for more information, and be sure to peruse our range of services online