Psychological Assessment Services
- Individualized psychological assessments are available by a licensed psychologist at the Cognitive Behavior Institute (CBI). Psychological testing is typically beneficial for those seeking additional understanding of their child or adolescent’s educational functioning such as those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning difficulties. Other common reasons that youth are referred for assessment by their parents, pediatrician, or school are to evaluate cognitive strengths/weaknesses, to rule out developmental disabilities, or assess their emotional functioning (e.g., worries, sadness) and determine the extent to which these concerns may be impacting behavioral or academic performance.
- An assessment includes a series of tests administered to evaluate intellectual, learning, emotional and/or behavioral functioning. Multiple testing sessions may be scheduled depending on the number of measures being administered so that your child is performing at his/her best. After the completion of testing, the psychologist will also prepare a written report and review the results with parents in a feedback session (in adult assessment, feedback session is with client).
- At CBI, we conduct thorough and individualized assessments. The goal of any evaluation is not solely to identify “problems” or a diagnosis, but also the processes that underlie these difficulties to help us determine the best recommendations to promote your child’s success.
Types of Assessments offered at CBI:
- Psychoeducational Evaluation
This assessment provides an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis regarding cognitive and learning processes. Evaluation includes a comprehensive clinical interview, behavioral observations, review of educational/ medical records as needed, cognitive, and achievement testing. The written report will include a full explanation of test results, an accurate diagnosis, documentation of appropriate accommodations (on an IEP, 504 plans, standardized testing), and treatment recommendations.
- Intellectual Ability Testing
This evaluation focuses on an assessment of cognitive ability to determine an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. This assessment provides an indication of what an individual is capable of. This testing is typically conducted to determine eligibility for programs such as the gifted education program. Another reason for this testing is to identify delays. The written report will include a full explanation of test results, and recommendations for the home and school designed to continue optimizing the child’s functioning.
- ADHD Testing (Child/Adolescent):
This assessment includes a clinical interview, review of medical and educational records as necessary, comprehensive IQ test, tests of sustained attention and executive functioning skills, parent rating scales of ADHD symptoms, and behavioral observations. The final report includes a full explanation of the results, an accurate diagnosis, documentation of appropriate accommodations, treatment recommendations, and referral information.
- ADHD Testing (Adult):
This assessment includes a clinical interview, review of medical and educational records as necessary, comprehensive IQ test, tests of sustained attention and executive functioning skills, structured interview of ADHD symptoms and screening measures related to mood factors that impact attention. The report includes a full explanation of the results, an accurate diagnosis, documentation of appropriate accommodations, treatment recommendations, and referral information.
- School Readiness Testing
This evaluation is appropriate for parents who have preschool-age children and are uncertain about their readiness to begin kindergarten. We will spend time working with the child and provide you with some data to help make this difficult decision. This assessment includes measures of cognitive ability and a standardized school readiness screener to assess your child’s understanding of fundamental concepts for beginning their academic career.
- School Consultations
Consultation may involve teacher interviews and/or meetings with school staff to understand the child’s behavior at school. Classroom observations are sometimes helpful additions to an evaluation to provide additional behavioral data in the school setting. The psychologist will go to the school and observe your child in the classroom or in the setting in which target behaviors occur.
- Social/Emotional and Behavioral Assessments
This assessment is appropriate when the referral concern is focused on a child’s emotional health (e.g., worries, sadness, excessive fears) or disruptive behavior (e.g., noncompliance, tantrums, aggression). The testing will be individualized to fit the concerns, but will include a comprehensive clinical interview, review of all relevant medical and educational records, plus an evaluation of personality characteristics, mood states, behavioral functioning, and social-emotional functioning. The report will detail findings of the testing and describe all appropriate accommodations and treatment recommendations.
- Neuropsychological Testing:
Neuropsychological testing is a more in-depth evaluation that typically includes psychoeducational testing as well a broader spectrum of tests. This assessment will help to pinpoint specific tasks that your child come naturally to your child and areas that need improvement. The testing includes a clinical interview, review of medical and educational records, comprehensive IQ test, screening for alternative diagnoses, comprehensive assessment of executive functioning skills, learning processes, screening for visual-motor deficits, and behavioral observations. The report will include an explanation of test results, a diagnosis, documentation of appropriate accommodations, intervention recommendations for home and school, and treatment recommendations, as necessary.
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