Clinical assessments may need to be undertaken to: determine a person’s cognitive or intellectual abilities; to guide the provision of their education in the classroom or school; to provide clarity in order to guide clinical intervention and support at home or out in the community; to determine the individuals level of capacity (their ability to make decisions) in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005; to determine their mental health state.
Assessment work is usually undertaken with young people where ever they feel most comfortable. This tends to be at home or in school, although other accommodation could be accessed if needed. For a successful assessment it is important to ensure that the person being assessed is comfortable so that they can ‘give their best’. It is also crucial to make sure that all available information is gathered from lots of different sources. This may include school, home, other individuals who know the person, previous reports, medical records etc…
Assessments can be undertaken for young people and adults who have learning disabilities, learning difficulties and other neurodevelopmental condition clinicals.
Clinical assessments may also be undertaken for diagnostic purposes. Diagnostic assessments may be needed to explore conditions such as: autism, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Learning Disability, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Dyslexia.
Clinical Assessment work can be requested by service, courts, by parents / carers or by individuals themselves.