Adult Cognitive Assessments

At breakthru, we pride ourselves on using evidence-based approaches to help and support our customers to live their best lives.

In order to provide the most suitable personalised services to our customers, breakthru now delivers Cognitive & Adult Intelligence Assessments as part of our Psychological Assessment Services.

When conducting the Adult Cognitive Assessments, our highly trained Allied Health provisional sychologists will use the WAIS-IV framework. Once complete, the assessment results can be used as supporting documentation for NDIS applications, tailoring individualised support plans, educational planning and placement of adolescents and adults in school.

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Adult Cognitive Assessments

 

What is WAIS-IV?

WAIS-IV stands for Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale 4th Edition. It is the Gold Standard Cognitive Assessment that measures a person’s intellectual performance and is most appropriate for people aged 16-90 years. It assists to examine the relationship that exists between intellectual functioning and memory.

The WAIS-IV contains four index scores representing major components of intelligence:

Verbal Comprehension Index (VCI)

How well verbal skills are learnt. This index reflects a person’s ability to speak, use, think and understand language.

Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI)

Ability to solve problems and find patterns. It reflects a person’s ability to think, interpret and organise visual information, and measuring non-verbal reasoning skills.

Working Memory Index (WMI)

Ability to retain information in a short period of time. This reflects a person’s ability to absorb and utilise information to perform a task.

Processing Speed Index (PSI)

The time taken to process visual information. It reflects a person’s ability to process routine and simple visual information efficiently and with speed.

Apart from providing IQ scores, the WAIS-IV integrates current conceptualisations and recent research to provide the most essential information about an individual’s strengths and areas of difficulty.

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What do the Adult Cognitive Assessments include?

The WAIS-IV is composed of 10 core tests and 5 supplemental tests. The 10 core tests comprise the Full Scale IQ. During the assessment process, a qualified breakthru Psychologist will conduct the necessary tests and provide a report detailing the individuals results for each index, overall IQ and areas of difficulty.

 

The Adult Cognitive Assessments are ideal for:

 

NDIS Applications

Individuals that require evidence as part of an NDIS application.

Barrier Identification

Need for a cognitive assessment for a customer referred by other providers / support services / GP to help identify the barriers in achieving their goals.

Need Identification

To identify areas of support a customer needed based on cognitive deficits.

Goal Setting

Recommendation regarding multi-disciplinary approach / support that may be needed for a customer, as well as how to best support the customer on their identified areas of needs and setting goals accordingly.

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How are the Adult Cognitive Assessments delivered?

The WAIS-IV will be administrated by our highly qualified and trained provisional psychologist using the WAIS-IV Kit, which includes all the test tools and materials, along with other aids where necessary. A modified assessment is also available for virtual delivery (where applicable).

 

How long will the Adult Cognitive Assessments take?

It takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete the core tests.

 

Availability & Locations

The Adult Cognitive Assessments – WAIS-IV is currently available in our Victoria branches for:

— Face-to-Face sessions in our St Albans office.

— A Home Visit is available when within 30 minutes from St Albans.

Fees

All our services can be built into your new or existing NDIS plan. If you’re not eligible for the NDIS or don’t currently have a plan, we also have fee-for-service and payment plan options to ensure you can get the support you need as soon as possible.

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When you work with breakthru, you can be confident that each and every one of our psychologists or counsellors are:

Experienced & Qualified

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Trained & Accredited

Undertake regular professional development.

Professionally Registered

Registered with any relevant professional or governing body.

Private & Confidential

Operate in confidence, ensuring your privacy is the number one priority.

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Meet Our Psychologists

 

Puja Bhattacharya

BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Couns/Health)

Puja joined breakthru in February 2020. Puja brings more than 10 years of extensive work experience in Psychology and Counselling to our clinical team. Puja works as an AHPRA registered Provisional Psychologist and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, holding a Master of Psychology – Counselling/Health Psychology (Gold-medalist) and Bachelor of Psychology (Hons). She is passionate about positively empowering customers in their therapeutic journey towards achieving their goals and improved quality of life.

Puja specialises in varied therapies – CBT, Relaxation Therapy for people with anxiety, stress, sleep difficulties and facilitates the breakthru REVIVE program. Puja enjoys working with children, families and adults with disabilities, anxiety, ASD, ADHD, BPD and other mental health conditions. She has a strong background in working with NDIS participants across the lifespan and is based across sites in Victoria. Aside from her work at breakthru, Puja loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys travelling, cooking and gardening in her leisure time.

Brigeth Balhon

MSocWk , BPsych

Brigeth joined the breakthru behaviour support team in November 2019. With over 4 years of experience as a Behavioural Therapist, Brigeth applies her knowledge to help her clients achieve their goals.

Holding a Master in Social Work from Monash University and a Bachelor of Psychology from Manila Central University, Brigeth works with her clients on a daily basis by conducting assessments, implementing behavioural strategies and helping her clients to identify their goals.

Outside of work, you’ll find Brigeth spending time with her daughter, reading, travelling, or organising her home.

Lee Sepe

BPsych (Hons), MPsych

Lee first joined breakthru back in 2012 as a volunteer while studying his Bachelor of Psychology. Following this, he went on to gain further experience in the mental health field before returning to breakthru as a support worker and then continued working in the allied health team.

Lee has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field and is a fully registered psychologist. He has a passion for working with individuals of all ages with mental health conditions or difficulties, including schizophrenia, emotion dysregulation, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. Lee aims to establish positive working relationships with individuals that may sometimes have difficulties accessing mainstream or private services.

When not at work, Lee has a passion for physical exercise, nature, and exploring Melbourne’s different cafes and restaurants.