Behaviour Assessment Services

Is it really an issue?

Schools, and sometimes preschools, may be the first to identify when a child or young person has special behavioural needs.  Often however, (depending on the issue) it is the parents or caregivers who suspect that their child is “different” in some way and just doesn’t seem to behave in the same way as their peers. However, knowing exactly what is going may often be unclear.

As tempting as it may be to explain away issues as a phase or stage, avoidance may make the situation worse for that child in the medium to long term. That is why it is important to identify the cause of any behavioural issues at an early stage in order to provide appropriate help and prevent problems later on in a child’s education and social development.

What tests are used?

There is no single “test” or even universally accepted approach to identifying the existence and/or cause of behavioural concerns, learning difficulties or special abilities.

The characteristics often differ from one child to another and may manifest in very different ways in adolescents and adults. Features can also be “hidden” in some situations and very much apparent in others. Even determining whether special conditions are required for exam and/or formal assessment situations is not straight forward.

There are hundreds of different screening tools and assessment measures available that assist educators, psychologists, physicians, and others to capture and document the nature of a person’s struggle with behaviour and/or learning. Every practitioner has his or her preference.

What can be expected with an assessment?

The root of the word “assessment” is from the Latin ‘assidere’ which means “to sit beside”. Assessors do just that – they work with your child to:

  • identify areas of strength and weakness
  • rule in (or rule out) any complicating factors that might be contributing to behavioural and/or learning problems
  • hone in on the very specific nature of the struggle, so that timely decisions can be made about carefully targeted intervention and support.

The most important consideration when testing occurs is not to allow the tests to determine what is important, but rather to select tests that:

  1. Answer specific questions you may have, and
  2. Explain the nature of your child’s struggle.

What you are looking for is insight into the types of instruction and support required that will help your child overcome, and circumvent, frustration and failure.

Creative Harmony Arts Therapy

Creative Harmony Arts Therapy offers a psychotherapeutic approach to therapy that utilises the expressive arts to enable children and teenagers to express and explore thoughts, feelings and concerns that are sometimes too difficult to put into words.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
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Cellfield NZ Ltd

Cellfield is a great treatment programme for children with dyslexia. As a computer-based intervention programme, Cellfield uses neuroscience research from the last 30 years to achieve outstanding results in as little as two weeks!

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • North Shore
  • Rodney
  • South Auckland
  • West Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Focus Hearing

Focus Hearing’s Audiology Team take an interactive approach to identify, diagnose and treat children with hearing disorders. We also identify how hearing disorders affect communication within case specific environments.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • Rodney

Specialities

  • Hearing
  • Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength
  • Self-confidence & Self-esteem
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Cellfield Remuera

Cellfield is a great treatment programme for children with dyslexia. As a computer-based intervention programme, Cellfield uses neuroscience research from the last 30 years to achieve outstanding results in as little as two weeks!

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Indigo

We provide assistance for children, young people and adults with learning, behavioural, emotional and cognitive needs. Our services cover a broad range of abilities and difficulties from struggling learners to giftedness; emotional issues and behavioural concerns. We provide assessments, strategies and support to overcome these difficulties.

Location

  • North Shore

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Social Skills
  • Special Exam / Assessment Conditions
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
  • Testing for Special Abilities
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Cellfield South Auckland

Cellfield is a great treatment programme for children with dyslexia. As a computer-based intervention programme, Cellfield uses neuroscience research from the last 30 years to achieve outstanding results in as little as two weeks!

Location

  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Cellfield Pakuranga

Cellfield is a great treatment programme for children with dyslexia. As a computer-based intervention programme, Cellfield uses neuroscience research from the last 30 years to achieve outstanding results in as little as two weeks!

Location

  • East Auckland

Specialities

  • Reading
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Auckland Eye

Auckland Eye is New Zealand's centre of excellence for eye care, and our specialist paediatric ophthalmologists can help with any concerns you may have about your child's eyesight. A tailored approach that provides the best possible outcome for our patients and as New Zealand’s largest ophthalmic group we have every aspect of eye care covered, so you won’t be referred on to another clinic.

Location

  • Central Auckland

Specialities

  • Eyesight
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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Educational Psychology

We provide assessment services, direction & support for concerns or difficulties with your child’s development, learning, academic performance, social relationships, or their feelings, moods or behaviour.

Locations

  • Central Auckland
  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • Special Needs
  • Testing for Behaviour Concerns
  • Testing for Learning Concerns
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ABL Psychological Services Ltd

A one stop place for Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, Autism and other learning and behavioural difficulties, helping children and youth to realise their strengths and deal with barriers.

Locations

  • East Auckland
  • South Auckland

Specialities

  • ADHD & Other Behaviour Disorders
  • Anxiety, Fears & Phobias
  • Behaviour Assessment Services
  • Family Relationships
  • Learning assessment services
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