Our team conduct assessments for children with a range of intellectual, cognitive, developmental and learning issues, and the diagnosis of autism.
We provide assessments of:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Cognitive ability and IQ (thinking, reasoning and problem-solving)
- Learning difficulties and specific learning disorders (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)
- Intellectual disability
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Mental health conditions
- Adaptive behaviour/functional skills (for NDIS or other support purposes).
- Speech and language abilities
All assessments are evidence-based and include detailed recommendations to address the identified needs and assist with planning for therapy and support services.Assessment fees
By evaluating and understanding where your child has specific challenges, we can work with you to suggest supports that best accommodate their learning and developmental needs.
Assessments can be daunting, so we work hard to offer a welcoming and calming space that will make you and your child feel comfortable.
After every assessment, a comprehensive written report will be provided and discussed with you, outlining the results and recommendations to best help your child. You can share results and recommendations with your child’s teachers and other professionals so that appropriate strategies can be used to support your child to thrive.
At Solasta, we understand the importance of a strong connection between you, your child and the clinician where you both feel understood.
For this reason, our team take care to link you with a clinician who is best suited to your child’s needs and preferences and who your child will connect with.
Our clinicians are committed to a person-led approach, ensuring that you are at the centre of all our services. To achieve this, the clinician will focus on your child’s strengths and work with them to build the skills they need to achieve their goals.
During your time at Solasta, you and your child will always feel safe, listened to, respected and supported.
Frequently asked questions
What are some reasons my child may need an assessment?
Children can be referred for an assessment for a variety of reasons. Among other things, they may be struggling academically, have difficulty with focus and attention or they may be showing some emotional or behaviour challenges at home or in school. You or their teacher may also have picked up that they are showing signs of depression or anxiety or are having difficulties in their social interactions. Often when children are struggling in school or seem to be behind their peers developmentally, a teacher or health professional may suggest the child undergo a psychological assessment.
By understanding your child’s strengths and exploring any areas in which they are experiencing challenges, psychologists can provide strategies that will support them in the areas they need support. Understanding the nature of the difficulties a child can be facing, ensures they get the right support and can help reduce any struggles.
How can I prepare my child for their assessment?
In order to get the best assessment of your child’s abilities, it is important that your child is well-rested and feeling physically well.
If your child is taking prescription medication and you are unsure whether they should take it on the day of their assessment, please contact us.
Ensure that your child has had something to eat and drink before the assessment begins, and please bring along snacks and water.
If they wear glasses or require a hearing aid, please bring these along with you to the assessment. If you have any previous medical or allied health assessment reports, please bring them along as well.
What do I tell my child before their assessment?
It’s always best to be honest and transparent. Tell them they are going to have an assessment to help with some of the difficulties they have been experiencing. The assessment will involve a number of different things like looking at pictures, playing with blocks and answering questions.
To ease any concerns, it may be helpful to show your child some photos of the centre they will be visiting, as well as a photo of their clinician.
How long will it take to receive the results of the assessment?
Where possible, some feedback will be provided on the day. A written report will be provided within 4 weeks of the assessment.
Do I need a referral for my child to access an assessment?
Many assessments do not require a referral. If a referral is needed, our team will discuss this with you at the time of your enquiry.
Assessments that involve our paediatrician or psychiatrist will require a referral from their GP.
How much will it cost?
The cost of an assessment depends on many factors and a price will be provided to you after you have submitted an enquiry. However, as a guide, you can expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,100 for an assessment.
For detailed information, refer to our Fees and Funding Options webpage.
Does the NDIS cover assessments?
NDIS participants may be able to use their funding to access functional capacity assessments, sometimes these may be referred to as adaptive behaviour assessments. These assessments are undertaken to understand the needs of NDIS participants so that appropriate supports and services can be put in place to help them achieve their goals. Solasta staff are able to undertake adaptive behaviour assessments and provide detailed reports which include recommendations for services.
In some circumstances, NDIS funding may be able to be used for cognitive assessments. This will depend upon the goals in your NDIS plan. Cognitive assessments provide important information about the person’s strengths and weaknesses. This helps to identify difficulties they may be experiencing and informs the types of services and supports they need. It also provides useful information to ensure that intervention strategies are appropriately tailored to the person’s cognitive abilities.
The NDIS will not fund diagnosis and assessment of health conditions, including mental health conditions and disabilities.
Will my services be confidential?
Any information that you disclose is confidential and will not be shared with anyone else without your permission. There are two exceptions to this rule – the first is if you are at risk of harm either to yourself or someone else, and the second is in relation to court orders.
Where parents are separated, our clinicians will usually try to obtain the consent and involvement of both parents if the child/young person is not mature enough to consent on their own. Unless one parent has not been granted sole responsibility for the child’s health decision by a family court order, the non-accompanying parent may be able to access the records if requested. As such we will request copies of any relevant court orders at the time of referral.
Your clinician will discuss the limits of confidentiality at your first appointment.
Our psychologists who provide assessments for children
Nataly Veal is a Clinical Psychologist with experience supporting individuals across all age groups, including children, young people, and adults with mental health concerns, learning difficulties, and disabilities. Nataly has specific interests in autism and ADHD.
With over a decade of experience in diverse settings, including public, private, and independent school systems, Nataly possesses a wealth of knowledge in psychoeducational assessments and can identify and provide recommendations for various conditions, such as intellectual disability, specific learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia), as well as gifted and talented learners.
Nataly's therapeutic style is warm and engaging, and she is dedicated to employing a strength-based and values-driven approach that empowers clients to achieve their goals. When working with neurodivergent children who have social, emotional, and behavioural needs, Nataly adopts a child-centered approach. Nataly collaborates with parents, teachers, and other allied health professionals to develop effective strategies across home and school settings.
When working with adolescents, Nataly's kind and empathic therapy style enables her to foster strong relationships and provide genuine understanding and support throughout their life challenges. She also extends her expertise to adults, assisting them in improving their mental health, life outlook, and overall well-being.
As a committed professional, Nataly provides clinical supervision to early career psychologists as well as clinicians in registrar programs seeking practice endorsement. Her guidance and mentorship empower fellow practitioners to refine their skills and deliver exceptional care.
Rochelle has over 25 years’ experience in clinical and leadership roles across state government disability services, private practice and the non-government sector.
Rochelle is well known for the warm and engaging approach she brings to therapy with both children and adults.
She uses a range of therapeutic approaches but primarily draws on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Rochelle has a long term passion for working with children and adults with disabilities, in particular people with autism spectrum disorder. She also has extensive experience in psychoeducational assessments for children with learning and intellectual disabilities and in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
Rochelle has Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice and Master of Clinical Psychology. She holds registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with clinical endorsement and is a member of the APS College of clinical Psychologists.
Kerry has over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings. This has included hospitals, community based services and private practice.
Kerry has wide experience in psychological assessment and is able to assess and diagnose a range of conditions including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, specific learning disorders and intellectual disability.
Kerry is passionate about understanding the whole child and works very much from a strengths-based framework to help children reach their potential. Kerry enjoys working therapeutically within a broad range of areas including anxiety and depression.
She also consults with the Independent Schools Association on ways to support children with mental health diagnoses and challenging behaviour at school.
She often runs workshops for parents and teachers covering a variety of topics including growth mindset, ways to support mental wellbeing, understanding challenging behaviour, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder.
Genevieve has experience working in government, not-for profit organisations, and private practice settings. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults within a broad range of concerns including anxiety and depression.
Genevieve's down to earth, non-judgemental, and friendly approach allows her clients to feel comfortable and supported throughout therapy. She has experience and interest in working with women who are impacted by mental health difficulties within the perinatal period, and with those who have experienced trauma in their life. Genevieve also enjoys working with adolescents and understands that this can be a particularly difficult time of life to navigate.
She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with clients, however tailors therapy to the individual and draws from several therapeutic approaches in her practice. She aims to provide all clients with a safe space to explore their mental health and build upon their wellbeing.
Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents and their families in both clinical and educational settings.
Stephanie’s warm and encouraging approach focuses on building a relationship of trust, confidence and respect.
Holding a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Melbourne, Stephanie integrates her knowledge of childhood development and evidence-based practices to provide both assessment and therapy services, targeted to a client’s individual needs.
Stephanie draws upon a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and enjoys developing a deep understanding of a young person’s strengths, supporting them to develop insight, confidence and resilience.
Stephanie has an interest in supporting children and adolescents with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, emotional regulation, adjustment to life changes, social challenges and perfectionism, as well as providing support to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental differences including Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.
Stephi is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia.
She has experience working in the school setting with children with a range of intellectual and multiple disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, global developmental delay and syndrome disorders.
Stephi has training in the SOS Approach to Feeding and SENSE-ational Mealtimes; these strategies support children who are fussy eaters or have restricted diets due to sensory issues.
Stephi uses a relational approach to build on functional communication goals in therapy. She strives to make sessions fun, engaging and meaningful for both parent and client.
Stephi uses a ‘toolbox’ approach, drawing from a number of communication and interaction approaches in therapy. She has experience with a range of Alternative and Augmentative Communication strategies, including low-tech (photos, schedules, choice making) and high-tech options (tablet technology with communication applications).
She works with pre- and school aged children with speech sound disorders, language disorders, intellectual disabilities, pre- or nonverbal individuals and fussy eaters.
Dr Sadia Chaudry has over 14 years of experience working as a highly skilled General Paediatrician, managing a wide range of complex illnesses that effect children in various sub-specialities such as endocrinology, cardiology, nephrology, neonatology and others. Sadia’s warm and easy demeanour makes her an ideal doctor to approach for discreet, trustworthy and highly competent consultations with children.
She is accredited by Autism SA for diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. This accreditation compliments her ability to manage children with complex medical conditions such as developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit and other behavioural conditions. She is an expert in dealing with at risk and emotionally dysregulated young people.
Graduating from her medicine degree in 1996, she completed a four-year fellowship in general paediatrics, followed by a six-year fellowship as a General Paediatrician at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She is currently working at Adelaide Youth Training Centre and Mount Gambier Hospital.
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Dr John Callary has over 25 years’ experience as a psychiatrist. John presently works in private practice in Adelaide and Pt Augusta and is also a RANZCP examiner and tutor at Glenside Hospital.
John has previously worked as Clinical Director at headspace Adelaide, SA Director of Psychiatry Training and staff specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
John works with young people and their families and his clinical interests include learning and developmental disorders, organic psychiatry and early onset psychosis.
John is able to provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments for children and young people up to the age of 18 for GPs and other members of the treating team, this includes diagnostic assessments, treatment advice (particularly medication related) and second opinions. All appointments require a current GP referral for a comprehensive psychiatric review (MBS 291).
Lisa is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in providing a range of psychological services to individuals, families, schools and organisations. She has worked in private practice, school, community and residential care settings. Lisa also has experience working in child protection, family reunification, and youth homelessness settings.
Lisa works in a collaborative and non-judgemental manner and is passionate about working with children, adolescents and adults to improve their wellbeing. In addition, she frequently consults with families, teachers, support staff and other allied health professionals to improve their ability to support their children. Lisa regularly conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for students experiencing learning difficulties, and to diagnose conditions such as intellectual disability, specific learning disorders and ADHD.
She has a particular interest in supporting adolescents to understand and manage their mental health and improve their wellbeing. She also has an interest and experience in helping her clients to recover from traumatic and adverse life experiences.
Lisa completed her Honours in Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Flinders University.
She has also received specialist training in Family Systems Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Child and Adolescent Psychology. Her therapeutic style is grounded in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, though she tailors her approach to each individual client in a strengths-based manner.
She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia with Clinical Endorsement and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Issy is a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about supporting her community in Southern Adelaide. Issy believes it is important to work together as equals with her clients and understands that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential in recovery.
Issy has experience supporting young people with complex mental health, as well as forensic populations, across government and not-for-profit settings. Issy offers therapy for presentations including trauma and PTSD, emotion regulation difficulties, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. Issy utilises therapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and elements of Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Issy also has training in Enhanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT-E) for treatment of eating disorders. Issy doesn’t support individuals presenting with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) or with a body mass index (BMI) below 14.5.
Issy aims to support her clients to make sustainable gains in their mental and general wellbeing.
Ashlyn is a dedicated Speech Pathologist with a special interest in early speech and language development, social skills enhancement, and augmentative and alternative communication. Ashlyn is passionate about providing person-centred practice that embraces and affirms neurodiversity and is led by the unique strengths of each individual.
Ashlyn’s comprehensive background in speech pathology ranges from consulting in private practice, early learning and education, aquatic therapy, academia, and clinical education. Presently, her practice is centred on providing assessments and tailored therapy for children and adolescents, with a primary focus of supporting young people to develop their communication skills.
Ashlyn adopts a collaborative approach, engaging closely with individuals, families, and interdisciplinary teams to develop goals that are strength-based, functional, and holistic. Using a creative and multimodal approach, she strives to ensure therapy is inclusive, motivating, enjoyable, centred around individuals and their families, and ultimately supportive of social and emotional wellbeing.
In 2015, Ashlyn completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University and is recognised as a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
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We offer a carefully designed, modern and inviting therapy space. Our carefully designed, spacious and light-filled rooms create a safe and comfortable environment. From the wait-room to your time in our consult rooms, we have consciously created an enriched space to ensure your experience at Solasta is a positive one.
For children, we also have rooms specifically designed to accommodate sensory needs, complete with toys, soft lighting and thoughtfully selected furnishings to create a calming environment.
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