Intelligence (IQ) Testing
IQ Assessment includes performance and
verbal tasks to measure intellectual ability across tasks and culture-fairness
in interpretation. These assessments are conducted using standardized tests for
a range of age groups.
Specific Learning Disability, or SLD
assessment involves administration of tests tapping into clients’ level of
difficulty with regards to specific scholastic and perceptual skills. SLD
assessment takes into account attention, language (via reading, writing,
spelling, expression and comprehension) arithmetic, and perceptual gestalt and
accuracy. Generally paired with IQ assessment, testing for SLD is done to
understand aberrations in performance across the aforementioned areas.
Personality assessment involves tests
that bring out various aspects of clients’ traits and characteristics and
include self-report and projective measures. These are often referred as an aid
in self-awareness for clients, or to assist clinicians in gaining insight into
the personality patterns of highly guarded clients.
Ø Neuropsychological Functioning
Neuropsychological assessment is
administered to clients showing symptoms reflecting brain damage or
degeneration. Several subtests are conducted in order to gauge
neuropsychological variables pertaining to the frontal, parietal-occipital, and
Psycho-diagnostic assessments assist in
clarifying diagnoses for clients who report or demonstrate behavioural or
psycho-emotional patterns reflective of mixed symptomatology. Psychological
disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder,
schizophrenia, and personality disorders, among others, are screened as part of
Standardized screenings, self-report, and
projective tests are administered following a detailed clinical interview and
history taking session. Due consideration is given to personal, internal,
conscious and unconscious levels, as well as precipitating factors,
relationships and contextual elements. Psychiatrists often refer clients to
Manas prior to prescription of medication or alteration of dosage. Psychotherapeutic
interventions are also streamlined following psycho-diagnostic assessment.
Career Guidance (Aptitude
and Interest Assessment)
Career assessment at Manas is a
comprehensive process based on our premise that a healthy career choice is an alignment
of an individual’s interests, aptitudes, and relevant personality variables.
Therefore, we begin with a detailed interview regarding career
conceptualizations and future orientation. This is followed by aptitude
testing, administration of scales assessing interest areas, and facilitation of
self-disclosure activities that bring forth personality variables and traits
pertinent to career. It includes an understanding of primary traits, brief
assessment of career-personality, strengths and obstacles to career perceived
by the client, and value systems.
The career report brings out the match
between the three key areas: interest, aptitude and personality. It then
provides detailed and specific recommendations (including market trends in
relevant areas, where applicable) based on the results of the assessment.
Interactive report sharing sessions are often a follow up of career assessment,
wherein the client and key family members are briefed on findings and engaged
with for the road ahead.
Standardised tests assessing these
aspects of intellectual and emotional functioning, guide clinicians in
understanding psychological difficulties and their symptoms across cases.
Psychological assessments focus on clarifying symptomatology and its
qualitative interpretations as a starting point for clinicians in mapping out
management plans and working with clients in their path towards a healthier
At Manas, assessments are conducted
ethically and ensure the comfort of the client. Reports distinctly reflect the
specificity of each client’s case, without labeling the client in any way.
While, acknowledging the difficulties that become clearer through assessment,
Manas psychologists recommend the strengths inherent in the client and their