Effective testing is not a rote procedure. In every case, creating a supportive atmosphere is essential to obtaining meaningful results. Any assessment must yield concrete recommendations and a guide for carrying them out. For these reasons, all of our assessment services are conducted by highly trained and experienced psychologists and educational specialists. Following each assessment, the diagnostician meets with the family or client to discuss the findings. The results and recommendations are then formalized in a detailed written report.
A psychoeducational evaluation includes an educational evaluation as well as an assessment of intellectual functioning. This type of evaluation is typically used to assess for a learning disability. Most commonly, a standardized IQ test is given to assess intellectual functioning, but our psychologists may administer other tests of cognitive ability depending on the areas of concern.
Extended Psychoeducational Evaluations
This type of evaluation is typically necessary when difficulty with learning, attention, concentration, and organization are the areas of concern. Often given in conjunction with a psychoeducational evaluation, a psychologist can assess for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or learning disorders through tests, interviews, and rating scales. Sometimes an ADHD evaluation is the only assessment a child or adult receives if attention is the only area of concern.
Sometimes a student's educational problems are related to psychological issues such as anxiety or depression. Psychologists look at these issues through rating scales, an interview to understand the history of the concern, and specific tests designed to assess these issues.
Educational testing measures an individual's current level of academic skills such as reading, writing, and math. The assessment also includes an evaluation of specific abilities needed to acquire academic skills such as perception, memory, and discrimination. Educational evaluations are carried out by an educational specialist using a variety of standardized tests as well as some informal diagnostic procedures.
An intellectual evaluation is conducted when an IQ test is required to update a student's records, or for application to a school or program.