We've put together some commonly asked questions that may help you better understand what we do at MindMatters and how we work as a team.
What is an IQ test?
An IQ test is a measure of an individual's intelligence and cognitive abilities. At present, items on an IQ test are thought to be the best predictors of academic success that’s measurable.
What kinds of assessments do we offer?
We offer a range of assessments that assess an individual’s cognitive abilities, possible learning difficulties, or developmental disorders. These include assessments for school entry, exam access arrangements, giftedness, and school readiness.
What are cognitive abilities?
Cognition is how humans perceive, remember, learn and think about information. Cognitive processes are critical to the successful understanding and performance of tasks requiring these cognitive abilities, most particularly in the processing of mental information. These include skills like planning, attention, sequencing, and memory.
What do we do during the initial consultation?
We explain how an assessment works, discuss your concerns, and go through your child’s developmental history.
What is the difference between a clinical psychologist and an educational psychologist at Mindmatters?
A clinical psychologist focuses on personal development and well-being. They work with parents, teachers and the child to enhance development of emotional awareness, behavioural management and social skills development.An educational psychologist focuses on helping children learn and develop, specifically helping gifted children or those with learning difficulties and developmental disorders. They provide a holistic perspective for a child’s educational and developmental needs.
What is the common age range of our clients?
We typically get clients that range from ages 2 – 18 years old.
Why do some children need help developing social skills?
Some children have difficulties in areas like attention, memory, language and motor skills, which can have an affect their social development. For example, children with attentional problems may have trouble listening to conversations, and may have problems with inhibiting the impulse to interrupt the conversation; hence, this places them in “awkward” positions at times when interacting with their peers.
Why is important to help your child develop his/her social skills?
Difficulties with social interaction can be a lifelong problem, and can inhibit your child’s ability to succeed in life. Development of social skills helps to build up a child’s confidence, team work skills, and communication skills. Therefore, it is important to address your child’s social difficulties as early as possible.