Why might a child need an evaluation?
To gain a better understanding of their:
General level of intellectual functioning
Cognitive strengths and weaknesses
Present level of academic achievement
Abilities in areas not assessed by IQ and achievement tests, such as attentional functioning, language skills, information processing, executive functions and memory
Current psychological functioning and symptomotology
Overall personality structure
To understand the causes of difficulties with schoolwork
To obtain accurate diagnoses
To determine an appropriate course of treatment
To receive services at school
To obtain extended time or other accommodations on standardized testing
Common referral questions for psychological testing might include (but are not limited to):
Is my child exhibiting symptoms consistent with:
A learning disability?
A disruptive behavior or impulse control disorder?
An anxiety or mood disorder?
Does my child need:
Accommodations and/or modifications within the school environment?
Extended time on school and standardized exams?
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan?
Tutoring or other cognitive remediation services outside of school?
Social skills training?
A medication consult?
What might be assessed in a comprehensive evaluation?
General cognitive functioning
Nonverbal abilities (e.g. visual-spatial skills)
Fluid reasoning skills
Information processing abilities
Attention and concentration
Processing speed and efficiency
What types of treatment or intervention might be recommended after reviewing the results?
Accommodations, modifications or other additional services within the school environment including extended time
Tutoring outside of school (e.g. cognitive remediation)
Study skills training/executive function coaching
Educational consultation (to explore alternate academic options)
Social skills training