The decision to have your child evaluated is a difficult one. Many people grapple with making this decision because they are unsure of its benefits. Your child’s unique needs, strengths, and challenges will be assessed through a variety of psychological testing techniques. Our culturally diverse professionals will help you to work with your child to achieve the best outcome.
What is Psychological Evaluation?
A psychological evaluation is a set of assessment procedures administered by a licensed psychologist to obtain information about a student’s learning, behavior, or mental health. Evaluations can be conducted to identify significant mental health concerns, determine your readiness for a surgical evaluation, help develop instructional or behavior plans for your child, or determine eligibility for gifted programs, school readiness, or special education.
How can my child benefit from a psychological evaluation?
An evaluation offers many benefits both at home and school. The purpose of an evaluation is to determine what is happening in the individual’s psychological life that may be preventing their ability to behave or learn in an appropriate and constructive manner. An evaluation can also make sense of a problem, clarify diagnoses, provide strategies to help your child function better at school, and make recommendations for community based treatment. The evaluation will provide insight that can help the parent, therapist, school, or doctor make the child or adolescent’s emotional, educational, and personal life more healthy, satisfying, and successful.
What areas of Psychological and Educational testing are available?
Below you will find a list of types of psychological and educational testing. This list is not exhaustive and is to be used as a guide to reflect areas of need psychological and educational testing can identify.
Pre-Surgical Psychological Screenings
Dyslexia/Reading and Learning Disabilities
Attention Disorders such as ADD/ADHD
Depression & Bipolar Disorders
Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome
Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses
Early Entrance/Readiness for Kindergarten
Entrance into Gifted and Academically Talented Programs
Updated Testing for College Entrance and Accommodations
Academic skills (reading fluency, reading comprehension, mathematics, problem solving, and writing), and processing skills.
How long does a Psychological evaluation take?
Each evaluation battery is specifically tailored to client’s presenting concerns and individual needs. The length of an evaluation depends on the client’s abilities, referral concern(s), and their response style. Most evaluations can be completed in one day or across multiple days.