rise up psychology maroochydore

Our Services

Rise Up Psychology provides psychometric assessments for children aged 3-16 on the Sunshine Coast.


Intellectual Disability

Learning Difficulties


Autism Spectrum Disorder

Specific Learning Disorder (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia)


Anxiety, Depression and other emotional disorders

autism specrtum disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) presentations can be complex and varied between individuals, making it critical for ASD assessments to be carried out by a team of professionals with diverse ranges of expertise. At Rise Up Psychology, we have teamed up with a highly experienced senior occupational therapist to perform ASD assessments. The expert collaboration and integration of both psychology and occupational therapies allows for a multidisciplinary team diagnostic evaluation to be high in quality and diagnostic confidence (2018, A National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia).

What is the process?

  • You will have an initial appointment together with the psychologist and occupational therapist to discuss your concerns about your child. The clinician’s may ask you to complete some questionnaires to gather relevant information about your child. The clinician’s may ask to get in touch with your child’s day care or school to find out how they behave and interact with other children. A classroom observation may be required.
  • Your child will participate in a standardized ASD assessment (ADOS-2) with both clinician’s present.
  • The clinicians will rate the assessment and consider all other information gathered, to make an informed and collaborative decision about whether your child meets the diagnostic criteria for ASD.
  • A consensus team report will be written incorporating all of the information gathered, the assessment results, the diagnosis status, and a list of individualized recommendations.
  • You will be invited to attend a feedback meeting with one or both clinicians to share the findings.

How much will it cost?
A multidisciplinary ASD assessment starts at $1800 and will vary depending on the child’s assessment needs. Both assessing clinicians have separate hourly rates and will provide you with separate invoices for their services.

Click here to find information about financial assistance through Medicare for ASD assessments and therapy. 

cognitive assessments

Cognitive assessments (or intelligence tests) are used to measure a person’s general thinking and reasoning abilities (also known as IQ- intelligence quotient). The determination of how well one learns, is based on their level of general thinking and reasoning abilities. At Rise Up Psychology, the main purpose of conducting cognitive assessments is to identify if a person may have an intellectual disability, specific learning difficulty or if they are gifted.

A cognitive assessment can only be administered by a psychologist who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA). The psychologist will work one to one with the child as they engage in a series of standardized tasks.