Psychological evaluations include assessment of cognitive functioning, educational achievement and levels of academic mastery, as well as emotional and personality functioning. The evaluations are completed over the course of two or three, two-hour sessions. During the last session, the psychologist provides feedback to the parents and client about the test results. All assessments include a detailed interview, a review of the areas of concern, school and treatment records, and any prior evaluations that may have been completed.
Types of testing
This evaluation will include interviews with parents, teachers, or others familiar with the child; direct observations of child, IQ and adaptive measures; parent and teacher rating scales regarding symptoms; review of records; identification of areas of strength and weakness; and treatment recommendations.
A psychoeducational evaluation is an assessment of the following skill areas: visual perceptual motor integration, intelligence, memory, adaptive behavioral functioning and achievement. This type of evaluation is one that typically determines the presences of learning differences or disabilities.
Psychological evaluations provide a more in-depth assessment of psychological issues than a screening. It involves the administration of psychological tests and includes an in-depth clinical interview and interview with others in the child's life. It is appropriate for concerns about anxiety, depression, interpersonal problems, and other psychological disorders.
Educational testing reveals an individual's learning characteristics and academic skills. Areas assessed can include, but are not limited to: basic reading skills, reading comprehension, phonological awareness, sight word reading, decoding, reading fluency, basic arithmetic, math problem solving, math fluency, written expression, spelling, combining sentences, punctuation, essay writing, oral expression, receptive and expressive vocabulary, listening comprehension, and more.
This assessment is conducted to determine if one has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It includes a classroom observation (for school aged children), a test of vigilance and attention (continuous performance task), IQ testing, as well as objective and subjective behavioral ratings.