Assessment & Evaluation
Psychological services often require integrating diagnostic information from a range of psychological evaluation services, including psychoeducational testing and neuropsychological testing. While our office is not currently offering these services, we may be able to offer some additional resources and referrals for offices in the area that may be able to assist. Your primary care doctor and/or your insurance company may be able to provide some direction as well.
What is a psychological evaluation?
Psychological testing is standardized, which means that assessments used are administered and scored in the same way for all patients. The scores are compared to a patient’s cohort and interpreted with others similar in age, gender, and educational attainment. A cognitive profile emerges with individual strengths and weaknesses. A holistic approach is utilized when examining a patient’s cognitive profile, in which all available data is analyzed to ascertain a pattern of cognitive functioning in conjunction with functionality and behavior.
What is a psychoeducational evaluation?
A psychoeducational evaluation is similar, but focuses more on the assessment of a child’s strengths and weaknesses in cognitive and academic areas. The evaluation of additional domains such as adaptive functioning, social-emotional functioning, executive functioning, and/or other areas of functioning may also be included depending on the needs of the child. Parents and teachers are often asked to complete rating scales and may be interviewed by the psychologist in order to get more information about the child’s development and areas of concern.
Typical types of focus for psychological and/or psychoeducational assessments include:
- Intellectual & Developmental Abilities
- Personality Assessment
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Children & Adults)
- Learning Disability Assessments (Children & Adults)
- Anxiety/Mood Disorders
- Pre-Operative Assessment
- Providing Diagnoses for Treatment Settings