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Autism Spectrum Disorders are life-long developmental disabilities characterised by impairments in communication, social interactions and stereotypical behaviours, interests and activities. Onset typically occurs before 36 months of age and the earlier the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner the child can be helped through treatment interventions. Diagnostic and screening instruments gather information about a child's social and communicative development.
Clinical psychology involves specialist assessment and diagnosis of major mental illnesses and psychological problems. Through the integration of theory, research and practice, this specialty encompasses a broad range of interventions to help people improve their wellbeing, alleviate distress and maladjustment, and resolve crises. Practitioners in this field of psychology have expertise in applying psychological theory to solve complex clinical problems, from assessment through to diagnosis and treatment.
Focusing on how people acquire, process and store information, cognitive development is primarily the study of mental processes, including how people think, perceive, remember and learn. Major topics in cognitive development are the study of language acquisition and the development of perceptual and motor skills. There are numerous practical applications for cognitive research, such as ways to improve memory, increase decision-making accuracy and structure educational curricula to enhance learning. Major developmental milestones in cognitive, language, motor, and social and emotional areas are commonly assessed during early childhood. This field has expanded to include adolescence and adult development, ageing and the entire lifespan.
Forensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system. It involves understanding criminal law in order to be able to interact appropriately with judges, attorneys and other legal professionals. An important aspect of forensic psychology is the ability to testify in court, reformulating psychological findings into the legal language of the courtroom, and providing information to legal personnel in a way that can be understood.
Personality comprises the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that make a person unique. Personality arises from within the individual and remains fairly consistent throughout life. Because personality disorders are chronic and pervasive, they can lead to serious impairments in daily life and functioning.
Neuropsychological assessment is traditionally conducted to assess the extent of impairment to a particular skill in an attempt to locate an area of the brain which may have been damaged after injury or a neurological illness. A core part of neuropsychological assessment is the administration of neuropsychological tests for the formal assessment of cognitive functioning. Aspects of cognitive functioning that are assessed typically include orientation, new-learning/memory, intelligence, language, visual perception, and executive-functioning.
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