Assessments

Fabic Assessments

Our Assessments are based on some of Fabic’s core principles:

  1. People are not their behaviour
  2. Unwanted behaviour is a response to experiencing challenging situations in life
  3. To change behaviour we must first understand why a person is using their unwanted behaviour  - understand what in life they are finding challenging and do not feel completely equipped to manage

Our Assessments have been designed to support the identification of a person’s natural strengths and natural weakness across their environments, cognitive development, academic achievement and other areas of development. The purpose of our assessments is never to compare a person with another, label or diagnose, rather to utilise the results so that we are able to best support the client in their natural setting. The information sourced from the assessments can help ascertain the reason for unwanted behaviours being used.

If people are sourcing a diagnosis our reports can be taken to paediatricians, psychiatrist or other professionals to support the process, however Fabic understands that a diagnosis will not change behaviour - rather the purpose of assessments is to help understand behaviour.

Our assessments can often be quite comprehensive and will take more time in comparison to other services. We are interested in the microanalysis to find the smallest of factors that could be influencing behaviour.

Our collection of assessments includes:

  1. Functional Behaviour Assessment
  2. Cognitive Assessment
  3. Educational Assessment
  4. Combined Cognitive & Educational Assessment
  5. School Readiness Assessment
  6. Autism Identification Assessment

Functional Behaviour Assessments 


Functional Behaviour Assessment is a core component of Fabic, so much so that the word Fabic is derived from this … Functional Assessment & Behaviour Interventions Centre. Functional Behaviour Assessments are all about investigating the reasons for specific behaviour being used. Fabic staff understand that there is a reason behind all behaviour and identifying the reason is a fundamental step in understanding and changing an unwanted behaviour. The assessment gathers information via interviews and observations and is partially conducted in the environment where unwanted behaviour is occurring: (i.e. the home, school, work or community settings).

This assessment lays the foundation for the development of an individualised intervention plan.

The outcome is a detailed report containing the perceived causes of the behaviour and a series of recommendations and practical tools to support long-term behaviour change.

For more about Functional Behaviour Assessments - Download Fact Sheet

Cognitive Assessment

Fabic Cognitive Assessment

Fabic provide Cognitive Assessments to bring insight to an individual’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses.

Understanding a person’s learning profile can help to identify their natural intellectual strengths and weakness; thus identifying any areas of deficit or giftedness they may have. The results assist in gaining an understanding as to how a person is likely to learn, receive, process and use new information presented to them.  This information can be used in the development of individual plans.

At Fabic we use a cognitive assessment to work out the main strengths and weaknesses related to learning profiles, executive function, attention disorders, intellectual disabilities and giftedness.

The assessment gathers information via interviews and administration of standardised tests with the client.

The outcome is a detailed report containing the information and insights on the individuals intellectual strengths and weaknesses and a series of recommendations to establish specific teaching practices to enhance the person’s  future skills development.

Tests Administered:

     i.         Weschler Individual Achievement Test – Second Edition (WIAT-II)

    ii.         Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – 4th Edition (PPVT-4)

The assessment consists of:

  • An initial interview with a primary carer
  • Up to 4 testing sessions with the student
  • A detailed report of the student’s learning strengths, weaknesses and recommendations
  • A feedback session to discuss the information in the report with the carer

For more information about Cognitive Assessments - Download Fact Sheet

Educational Assessment

Fabic provide Educational Assessments to bring insight to an individual’s academic strength and weaknesses.

This assessment is particularly useful for those experiencing difficult behavior that is affecting their academic performance along with those who are experiencing difficulties managing academic demands at school.

The assessment gathers information via interviews and administration of standardised tests with the client.

The outcome is a detailed report containing the information and insights on the individuals academic strengths and weaknesses and a series of recommendations to establish better learning practices. This report forms the foundation of an Individual Learning Plan and provides a greater understanding of why certain unwanted behaviours are being used in a learning environments

Tests Administered:

     i.         Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
    ii.         Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – 4th Edition (PPVT-4)

The assessment consists of:

  • An initial interview with a primary carer
  • Up to 4 testing sessions with the student
  • A detailed report of the student’s learning strengths, weaknesses and recommendations
  • A feedback session to discuss the information in the report with the carer

For more information about Academic Assessments - Download Fact Sheet

Combined Cognitive & Educational Assessment

Fabic’s combined cognitive and academic assessments provide a well-rounded understanding of both the person’s natural intellectual ability as well as their current academic achievement.

These tests are particularly relevant when there maybe suspected learning difficulties that could be influencing how a person is experiencing their learning environment. On a behavioural sense, what is often here the comments of “they are not meeting their potential”. This often indicates that the persons Intellectual ability in certain areas has been noted as high, however the actual academic output is low. At Fabic we want to understand this and note that this often a result of an underlying difficulties with learning that go unaddressed – thus the behavioural challenges are really a result of struggling with the learning tasks presented.

Tests Administered:

     i.         Weschler Intelligence Scale
    ii.         Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
   iii.         Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – 4th Edition (PPVT-4)

The assessment consists of:

  • An initial interview with the carer
  • Up to 6 testing sessions with the student
  • A prepared report detailing the student’s learning strengths, weaknesses and our recommendations
  • A feedback session to discuss the report with the carer

For more information about Combined Cognitive and Academic Assessments - Download Fact Sheet

School Readiness Assessment

Fabic School Readiness Assessment

Both parents and educators are united in wanting children to have the most favourable experience possible when they start formal schooling, to set them up with a positive approach to their future education. Fabic has designed a unique, holistic assessment program which provides parents and educators with a greater understanding of a child’s level of intellectual functioning and learning style to assist in creating a learning environment that best meets their needs.

The ideal time to conduct the assessment is when the child is 5-7 years old where possible prior to starting formal schooling.

The results of the assessments presented in the formal report aid parents and educators to understand how a child experiences the world and how they can support the child to adapt to the school environment, learn new skills and meet their full potential.

Tests Administered:

     i.         Weschler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI)

    ii.         Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)

   iii.         Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test – 4th Edition (PPVT-4)

   iv.         1 x observation of child in one of their natural settings

 The School Readiness Program consists of:

  • An initial interview with significant carer
  • 7 sessions at Fabic to conduct the assessments
  • 1 x observation of child in one of their natural settings
  • A detailed report focussing on the student’s strengths, weaknesses and recommendations
  • A feedback session with significant carer to review the information in the report

For more information about School Readiness Assessments - Download Fact Sheet

Autism Identification Assessment

Do you, or your child’s school, suspect your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Aspergers Syndrome or Autistic Disorder?

Fabic uses a well recognised diagnostic tool, the Childhood Autism Rating Scale 2nd Edition (CARS 2), which is designed to evaluate children over the age of two suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder.

Tests Administered:

      i.         The Childhood Autism Rating Scale 2nd Edition (CARS 2)
     ii.         Two observations in different settings (e.g. home and school) or different two different times in same setting

The ASD Assessment consists of:

  • An initial interview with significant carer
  • A questionnaire interview with significant carer
  • A 50minute consultation with the child at Fabic
  • Two observations in different settings (e.g. home and school) or different two different times in same setting
  • A comprehensive written report with recommendations
  • A feedback session with significant carer to review the information in the report

For more information about Autism Identification Assessments - Download Fact Sheet

For further information or to book an assessment, please contact Fabic.