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Psychological Assessment

Adaptive Strategies has highly skilled psychologists who are available to conduct assessments for children and adolescents in a range of areas, including:

  1. Neurodevelopmental Disorder Screeners
  2. Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  3. Diagnostic Assessment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
  4. Cognitive ability testing.
  5. Adaptive Behaviour / Functional Assessment for NDIS or other support purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I get a Medicare rebate?  

Currently Medicare rebates do not apply for any assessment when using a Mental Health Treatment Plan.  Some private health funds may provide a rebate.  NDIS funding may potentially be able to be used for assessment dependent on the recipient’s availability of and allocation of funding (as per their NDIS plan).

Do I need a referral?

Individuals can self-refer to Adaptive Strategies for any assessment. 


The cost of an assessment depends on many factors and a price will be provided to you after you have submitted an enquiry.  However, as a guide you can expect to pay between $1500 and $2100 for a comprehensive assessment and around $500 for screener assessment.

Why so expensive?

When you have an assessment, it is important that it is done thoroughly and completely because you may not be allowed to repeat the assessment for several years. Assessment tools are extremely costly for psychologists to purchase. In addition, your psychologist will spend many hours with you during your intake, assessment and feedback sessions but generally will spend even more hours outside of these times.  They also need to consider and plan for your assessment, speak with other individuals to gain more information (such as schoolteachers), score and interpret the results and write a comprehensive report.

Assessment timeframe

The number and length of assessment sessions will vary depending on the referral question and your needs. Some assessments will take approximately four hours spread across two appointments. Other assessments may require additional or longer sessions to complete a comprehensive assessment of all relevant abilities. Short breaks will be offered during each assessment appointment. Similarly report requirements may vary across assessments and clients may be given a tailored quote to suit their individual needs. 

Client Assessment Preparation

To get the best assessment of your abilities, it is important that you are well rested, feeling physically well, and have not used alcohol or other drugs at least 24 hours before the assessment. It is important that you have had something to eat and drink before the assessment begins. Feel free to bring snacks and water to consume during breaks.

Please bring prescribed prosthetics (i.e., reading glasses, hearing aids) with you to the assessment.

Please bring any medical reports, medication list, previous neuropsychological/cognitive/neurodevelopmental assessment reports.

If children are being assessed, please bring as many school reports from their schooling as can be found.