Do you worry that your child is not in the right classroom setting? Are you concerned that your child is not living up to his/her academic potential? Have you tried behavioral plans and had multiple meetings with teachers and other school staff without finding a solution to improve your child’s academic performance? If any of the above questions sound familiar, then it may be time to consider taking your child for a psychological assessment.
Psychological assessments are conducted to address a variety of questions and concerns. Most often, individuals seeking psychological assessment in my practice are between the ages of 5-25. They are typically referred when a parent, counselor, teacher, or employer recognizes challenges with optimal performance in the classroom or workplace. A personalized assessment is created for all clients based upon the referral question. Psychological assessments can examine the following domains: cognitive, academic, personality, emotional/behavioral, memory, learning, attention, executive functioning, language, and adaptive functioning. All individuals possess a unique array of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and the main purpose of testing is to clearly identify these individual patterns to create customized recommendations as to how to address concerns raised in the referral. Once the assessment is completed, I provided face to face oral feedback as well as a written report. Additionally, when working with students, I can collaborate with the schools to advocate for the child’s learning needs.
Psychological assessments are conducted to identify the following issues/concerns:
Differential Diagnosis (clarify whether a problem is learning versus emotional in nature).
Eligibility for testing accommodations for high stakes testing such as SAT and GRE.