Dr. Sugarman is able to offer psychoeducational, cognitive and neuropsychological assessments for adults and children. She is one of the only psychologists in Hong Kong who specialises in adult neuropsychological and cognitive assessments.
Details of the different types of assessments available are provided below. If you have any queries about these assessments, please get in touch.
Cognitive assessments for adults
Once adults have reached maturation in their cognitive development, there is a degree of normal variation in the pattern of skills. A cognitive assessment can help adults to identify the specific strengths and weaknesses in their cognitive profile. Cognitive assessment involves close examination of various cognitive abilities including general intellect (IQ), memory, attention, processing speed and executive functioning, in comparison with age-matched peers. The report will offer a comprehensive overview of an individual's cognitive functioning and recommendations for how to maximise their potential. Examples of situations where cognitive assessment may be useful include:
- Detecting clinically significant relative strengths and weaknesses in an individual's profile that can help to inform adaptations to their approach at university or work;
- Diagnosis of ADHD or dyslexia;
- Investigating changes in cognitive function that may be secondary to physical health conditions or psychological factors such as stress and burnout.
Psychoeducational assessments for children
Children develop at different rates, and each child has a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. It may be that difficulties in specific areas make it difficult for a child to access the curriculum or interact with the school environment in a way that enables them to realise their full potential.
Psychoeducational assessment can be useful in a range of circumstances. Examples include:
- Assessing for specific learning difficulties, such as ADHD or dyslexia;
- Establishing a profile of strengths and weaknesses to support the child to utilise their strongest skills to help them to manage difficulties in the school environment;
- Gaining a better understanding of how cognitive or emotional factors can interact to affect the child at school and affect their performance.
A comprehensive psychoeducational assessment gathers information from a range of sources, including interviews and standardised questionnaires with the child, parents and teachers. Cognitive assessments are conducted to examine the child's level of ability in comparison to their peers. All of the information is collated to produce a holistic understanding of the child's cognitive, social and emotional development. A report is produced and a feedback session is conducted with the family to explain the results and provide specific recommendations about how the child can maximise their potential. The report includes discussion of the child's results with respect to educational attainment, alongside their development in social relationships and managing their emotions.
Neuropsychological assessments for adults and children
Neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and stroke are often associated with changes in cognitive abilities such as problem-solving abilities, speed of information processing and memory. These changes may be subtle and difficult to detect without specialist assessment.
Neuropsychological assessment can help to identify subtle changes that may be attributable to changes in the brain. It can also help to detect when changes are more likely to be attributable to non-organic (psychological) factors, rather than neurological changes.