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I intend to launch cognitive assessing in April, 2022 when I am registered.

Welcome to
Adept Assessment

Cognitive assessment for children and adults.
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Dr Lucy Patston

BA/BSc(Hons), PhD
SPELD (NZ) Registered Assessor

Kia ora, I'm Lucy. I originally trained as a researcher and academic in the area of cognitive neuroscience, but recently re-trained as an Educational Assessor through SPELD New Zealand.


With three neurodiverse children under my wing, I now assess children and adults who would like to identify their learning strengths and weaknesses.


I am able to diagnose Specific Learning Disabilities/Needs, such as:

  • dyslexia 

  • dysgraphia 

  • dyscalculia

  • giftedness

If you need to know what's going on with your child (or yourself) I can help!

How can I help?

I am qualified to administer the Woodcock-Johnson IV (WJIV) and the Key Maths 3.

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These tests have been adapted and normed for Australia and New Zealand.

The individual tests are short, enjoyable and varied in their style of delivery and the type of response required.

Examinees are tested one-on-one in a comfortable, quiet environment, or (preferably) on Zoom.

Testing usually takes between 3 and 4 hours (including breaks) and we arrange sessions as it suits.

Within a few weeks a comprehensive report is delivered via email that outlines the examinee's:

  • cognitive results

  • interpretation of these results

  • diagnoses (if any)

  • recommendations 

  • resources to access

How much does it cost?

$977.50 (incl. GST), payable in full before the last session.

Where is the testing venue?

Testing takes place online via Zoom, or in my mobile office.

Can a support person sit in on the assessment?

In most instants, yes! If you or your child need a support person to be nearby, we can arrange this between us. We both want the best and most accurate assessment possible, so if a support person is needed, this is fine. Some individuals, however, work better alone, and this is the preferred option.

How do I book an appointment?

If you would like to book an assessment, please use the form below in the first instance and I will call you back to discuss your needs and to arrange session times.