Understandably, there can be considerable anxiety when considering an assessment. Parents may be unsure of what to expect, and clients may be apprehensive about test demands. The initial intake appointment, which is only held with the parents or adult client, outlines the assessment process, and what to expect, and is an opportunity for all parties to discuss concerns and goals.
A clinical interview is held to gather background information so that an assessment plan can be made. This typically takes between one to one-and-a-half hours. Subsequent appointments, typically around two hours in length, are spent completing the assessment.
The length of assessment sessions is generally based on the client’s age and attention span. At times, shorter sessions are required for younger children or those who cannot work for two hours. A considerable amount of time is spent establishing and maintaining rapport to ensure optimal engagement and reduced anxiety and stress. Upon completion of the assessment, the file is scored and the results interpreted.
They are compiled in a comprehensive report which includes recommendations and strategies. These findings are presented to the parents and/or adult client in a one to one-and-a-half hour interview. Should additional information come to light during this final meeting, amendments are made to the report.