Behavioural Assessments


Behavioural assessments are often used to assist parents and teachers in understanding the behaviours and emotions of children and adolescents. They are helpful in diagnosing a range of behavioural disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD).

A Behavioural Assessment can assist with:

Behavioural assessments cover a wide range of emotional and behavioural concerns in children including

  • Aggression
  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social skills, and
  • Self-esteem and confidence related issues.
Assessment Process

Behavioural assessments are part of comprehensive process that requires information from various individuals (i.e., parents, paediatrician, schools). Clinical interviews with parents and teachers, as well as questionnaires and diagnostic tools are often used. In particular, The Behaviour Assessment for Children, Third Edition (BASC-3) consists of various parent scales for different age groups and assists with understanding the emotions and behaviours of children and adolescents. The BASC-3 is commonly used in conjunction with the DSM-V to help identify behavioural concerns.