Why would I consider this assessment for my child?
Some medical and developmental conditions increase the risk of a child also having an Intellectual Disability. For example, children with a physical syndrome (e.g. Cerebral Palsy), chromosomal syndrome (e.g. Downs Syndrome) or developmental disorder (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder) with a co-occurring intellectual disability will require specialist support with regard to life skills and education and therefore an assessment of intellectual ability is a very important part of life planning.
- If you are concerned about your child's ability to remember and follow instructions, learn new activities or undertake simple tasks independently
- If you are considering specialist education for your child, such as education placements in specialist schools and specialist classes, an intellectual ability assessment may be required as part of this application
- If you suspect that your child has delays in their learning abilities, their ability to remember and follow instructions, learn new activities and/or undertake simple tasks independently, an assessment of Intellectual ability is required in order to set up supports in mainstream schools to facilitate your child's learning needs.
- Intellectual ability is associated with communication. Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is a communication disorder and a diagnosis of SLI requires an assessment of Intellectual ability (aspects of the child's ability must lie in the Average range of Intellectual ability)
- Some parents request an assessment of their other children's ability if one child in the family has delays in their intellectual ability and independence skills.
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