Psychological Testing & Evaluations
Psychological testing/assessment is a way to quickly determine the nature and extent of problems, help clarify diagnoses, determine abilities and limitations, and help make decisions about coping abilities. A thorough psychological assessment can also provide information needed to help develop an effective therapeutic treatment program or intervention plan.
Types of Evaluation/Assessments Conducted
Psycho-educational Evaluations: Evaluations conducted to help determine if a child struggling academic has a learning disability, and/or if an individual is eligible for special academic accommodations during standardized testing, including the SATs, ACTs, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Psychological/Diagnostic Evaluations: Evaluations conducted to help clarify a diagnosis so the most effective treatment or intervention may be implemented.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Parental Fitness Evaluations: Evaluation conducted to help parents attempting to reunify with their children or individuals seeking to adopt support their ability to appropriately parent.
Presurgical Evaluations: Evaluations conducted to help determine the ability of individuals to cope with the demands of surgical procedures or the aftermath of surgery.
Pain Management Surgeries (e.g., Spinal Cord Stimulator)
Employment Fitness/Screenings: Evaluations to help determine an individuals ability to manage stressful jobs.
Air Traffic Controllers
Competency Evaluations: These evaluations are conducted to help determine if an individual is competent enough to manage their own lives or withstand the demands of a trial.
Each of our evaluations is tailored to provide the specific information needed as determined by the reason for the assessment. Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding what types of tests will be administered. These factors will determine the time required for the evaluation, as well as the cost of the evaluation.
Evaluation Assessment Process
- During the initial or Intake session we will meet with the client or guardian/parent to gain a better understanding of the nature of the concerns, obtain further information about the child’s academic, medical and developmental history, and learn about any social, emotional, or behavioral concerns.
- The second or Testing session are typically scheduled over the course of one or two meetings. Individuals may have the option of completing the testing in one full day. Generally, testing takes approximately 3-5 contact hours. However, depending on the nature of the problem, the individual’s attention, work pace, and number of breaks needed during the testing session(s), additional time and may be needed.
- Test scoring and interpretation: The tests and questionnaires are scored, analyzed, and interpreted to determine the reasons for the clients difficulties and/or ensure the needed information is provided. When test are interpreted the test scores, how scores were obtained, and behavior during testing are considered.
- The final or Feedback session is conducted after testing is completed to review the results of the testing. During the feedback session, a detailed written report is presented and reviewed. The clients strengths and weaknesses are discussed, and recommendations are tailored to address the clients specific difficulties.