What Does Psychological Testing and Evaluations Provide?

Psychological testing and evaluations provide a structured, organized, and succinct description of an individual’s current psychological functioning, including cognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and challenges.  The evaluation includes a written report with recommendations for improvement or accommodations, where appropriate.  There will also a final review appointment to explain the results, discuss recommendations and answer any questions you may have.

What Should You Expect?

Psychological Testing and Evaluations are tailored to each person and the process includes:

  • One to four appointments of a few hours each, although we can make scheduling accommodations for individuals.
  • A clinical interview and then an assessment that includes a range of psychological tests depending on the specific nature of the presenting issues or referral questions
  • An integrated report within three to four weeks of your final assessment session; this report includes findings and helpful and practical recommendations (including suggestions for accommodations)
  • We may ask you to fill out forms ahead of time and/or bring school or medical records to the appointment.

Types of Psychological Tests and Evaluations:

ADHD Testing and Evaluation (3 hours)

Objective:      ADHD diagnosis determination

Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation/No academic testing (11-13 hours)

Objective:      Neuropsychiatric concerns:

  1. Developmental issues or brain injury (e.g., Fetal Alcohol Exposure)
  2. Executive function deficits (disorganization, impulsive, poor problem solving)
  3. Neurological concerns (e.g., seizure disorder)
  4. School is not the primary issue

Psycho-Educational Evaluation- IQ and Academics (8 hours)

Objective:      If the main issue is learning disability or learning delay

Neuropsychological with Psycho-educational evaluation w/emotional measures (15 hours)

Objective:      If there are serious cognitive, emotional, and learning problems combined

  1. Intellectual delay plus behavior problems
  2. Multiple learning disabilities
  3. Learning disability plus a motor skill problem
  4. Brain injury (e.g., concussion) plus chronic delay in reading, math, writing
  5. Attention deficits combined with learning disability and behavior problems

FBA (functional behavioral assessment) only w/observations (8 hours)

Objective:      Persistent behavior problems in home and school

  1. Regular discipline has failed
  2. Basic behavioral interventions have failed to resolve the problem

Behavioral Observation- at school/home or facility (4 hours)

Objective:      When emotional-behavioral issues need observation to help with treatment

  1. To supplement neuro or psycho-educational testing
  2. Treatment planning support is needed
  3. To supplement diagnostic evaluation

Family Therapy Evaluations for attachment issues and family dynamics using MIM (6 hours)

Objective:      When emotional disorders are negatively affecting family functioning

  1. To assess attachment related issues
  2. Treatment planning for family therapy or other behavioral interventions
  3. When assessment of family dynamics is needed
  4. Increase understanding of how child is reacting to parents

Typical Types of Tests and Assessments Used:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children-V (WISC-V)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV)
  • Children’s Memory Scale
  • Woodcock Johnson Achievement Battery-IV
  • Wide Range Achievement Test-IV (WRAT-IV)
  • Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning-2 (WRAML-2)
  • Beery Visual-Motor Integration Test
  • Child Behavior Checklist- 2
  • Conners 3
  • Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment-II(NEPSY-II)
  • House-Tree-Person (H-T-P)
  • Wisconsin Card Sorting Test
  • Scales of Independent Behavior- Revised (SIB-R)
  • Incomplete Sentence Blank
  • Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test
  • Boston Naming Test
  • Western Aphasia Battery
  • Kinetic Family Drawing (KFD)
  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • Design Fluency
  • Trail Making Tests
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV)
  • Gilliam Autism Rating Scales
  • Scales for adult or child depression and anxiety
  • Bayley Scales of Infant Development-2