Psychological testing provides information for diagnosis, therapy treatment planning, academic placement, medication treatment planning and for a better understanding of the etiology of behavior, including substance use challenges. For younger clients, academic achievement, ability, and intelligence tests may be utilized as a tool to assist in school placement, determining the presence of a learning disability or a developmental delay, or in identifying giftedness.
Children, adolescents and adults can be assessed for a variety of issues including; ADHD, emotional-behavioral issues, personality styles, relationship styles, intelligence, learning differences, developmental delays, autism and many others. Assessments range from brief screenings to comprehensive batteries.
Clinical Interview (1-2 hours)
This is completed to gather background information including but not limited to the following areas: medical, education, family, social, treatment, substance abuse, and employment. This allows the examiner to understand presenting problems and develop an assessment battery.
An observation may be completed to provide further information. For instance, a school observation provides additional information about the child and his/her academic and social functioning.
Administration of Psychological Tests
The number of assessment sessions depends on a variety of things such as age, referral question, attention abilities, and a number of exams. To further make results more reliable and to promote their optimal level of performance, clients are seen across several sessions and environments to obtain a comprehensive sample of their behavior and skills. If a client requires shorter test sessions across a greater number of days to demonstrate true capacities, then the examiner will make the extra time to accommodate. Typically, assessment sessions are over two days and last two to three hours at a time. It is important to bring water and snacks.
Scoring and Interpretation
All tests are scored and interpreted. The assessment process is like a puzzle in which you put the pieces together to figure out what is going on.
Consultation with other Providers
It is important to consult with other professionals (i.e. teachers, physicians) in our assessments to gather information from multiple sources, as well as a diverse number of environments (i.e. classrooms). This process allows us to integrate information across multiple sources making for more informative and accurate results.
Review of Records
Additional information of great importance can be gathered from previous records. In addition, previous assessment results are helpful in providing comparative information for the current results.
Comprehensive Report with Recommendations
A report will be completed including all test results, interpretation, and recommendations.Appropriate referrals will be made.
Feedback Session (typically an hour)
There will be a meeting held to go over all test results and recommendations.
Brief List of Assessments and Evaluations:
Cognitive Decline (dementia)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Fitness for Duty
Mentally Disordered Offender
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