Psychological Testing and Evaluation
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND EVALUATION
Psychological testing and evaluation (or psychological assessment) is a process used to better understand a person and their overall functioning. The process of testing can help provide diagnostic clarification, identify specific interventions and accommodations that can help improve functioning and determine options for further treatment. All types of evaluations focus on identifying individual strengths and challenges and can be used to better understand unique vulnerabilities and protective factors.
Comprehensive evaluations are usually completed within 2-4 sessions, depending on the purpose of the evaluation. All assessments begin with a clinical interview (or intake) to gather information about a client’s developmental history, current symptoms, previous interventions and evaluations. A specific set of assessments and tests are chosen for each individual and the plan and cost are reviewed with clients before testing is scheduled. Although most evaluations begin with a specific referral question (i.e. ADHD, ASD, Learning Disorder), additional clinical considerations (depression, anxiety, behavioral issues) may be explored over the course of the testing process.
Once testing is completed, a feedback session is scheduled to review the results and recommendations. In addition to the feedback session, the client receives an evaluation report that contains a thorough assessment of each concern, the relevant history and examiner observations. Evaluation reports also provide detailed results of each test administered and a thorough summary explaining what the different scores mean. Lastly, each report contains a comprehensive list of personalized recommendations.
TYPES OF EVALUATIONS
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Early Entry to Kindergarten
IQ and Achievement
Memory and Information Processing