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Learn more about ADHD Testing, Gifted Testing, and Psychological Assessment.
Proper testing provides an objective and systematic process for identifying gifted children. Ability and achievement tests provide scores to classify your child’s performance in relation to others. These assessments are often used as benchmark requirements for entrance into specific programs or if a discrepancy in learning is suspected.
Children with ADHD may have trouble focusing and sitting still; they also tend to act without thinking or act impulsively. These issues may interfere with a child’s home life, school functioning, and social relationships. ADHD testing can identify which subtype of ADHD your child has and may inform treatment options.
PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTATION AND EVALUATION
Occasionally, a patient may be diagnosed with multiple disorders. This may be due a result of symptoms being common between disorders. Psychological consultation and evaluation is a comprehensive assessment that helps patients and their family clarify mental health diagnoses by comprehensively assessing patient history, symptoms, and functional ability.
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WHAT IS THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS?
The purpose of psychological testing is to formulate a definitive diagnosis of psychiatric conditions and recommendations to help clients identify strengths and weaknesses, to develop insight, and ultimately, become more successful. Often, our feedback and testing recommendations evolve into an intervention road-map.
Therapists, treatment programs, and academic institutions often use these recommendations to formulate a more efficient and effective path towards success.
Generally, Psychological Assessments are separated into 4 phases:
1) Interviews and information gathering
3) Analysis, formulation, and report writing
4) Feedback session to ensure accurate understanding and distribution of information.
Phase 1: Interview and Information Gathering
At the start of the assessment, all parties to the assessment are identified. These typically include client, parents, significant other, therapist, referral consultant, psychiatrist, and other professionals or programs that may have insight. The Client (and parent, if involved) are given questionnaires to fill out prior to their interview to create an outline of relevant historical information which is then detailed during the interview. Those involved can submit their own narrative or timeline which can help expedite the assessment and interview process tremendously. Sometimes, calls are scheduled with prior treatment providers. The purpose of the interviews is to gather relevant information as well as understand the perspective and opinions of the person being assessed.
Phase 2: Psychological Testing
IQ and achievement testing to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a person’s thinking are completed. General assessment domains include general awareness, attention, verbal comprehension, visual-spatial ability, computation, abstract thought, impulsivity, problem-solving, social comprehension, and judgment. We also strive to rule out gross learning disabilities during this phase.
o Emotional: We assess emotional functioning and seek out markers for depression, anxiety, deficits in identity formation, obsessive/compulsive disorders, and sleep disorders. Sometimes, personality functioning or traits will be explored if indicated by the referral/testing question.
o Behavioral: We then evaluate existing or possible substance use, abuse, or dependency. We also evaluate for trauma and abuse, risk of self-harm, and aggression. We specifically assess for malingering, deceit, and exaggeration, as those factors if present have direct implications on the assessment results.
o Executive Functioning: We also examine Executive Functioning skills, which are the “control center” of our brain. Executive functioning assessment evaluates self-regulation, problem-solving, planning, organization, inhibition, meta-cognition (self-awareness), working memory, and accountability.
Phase 3: Analysis, Formulation and Written Report
Once interviews and tests are completed, the psychologist will score test data and analyze the information and responses provided conceptualize the client problem and formulate the diagnoses and level of functioning/impairment. A comprehensive report detailing the diagnosis and the rationale for those findings is then created, and is written from a developmental perspective and will give a thorough psychosocial history as well as review all relevant history that may be influencing learning, personality, and change. Within the report, information such as previous reports and therapeutic interventions, current test findings, and a summary are included. Most importantly, we provide a detailed recommendation list that will be tailored to the immediate and long-term needs of the client.
Phase 4: Feedback
We set a meeting or teleconference call with all parties to give feedback regarding testing and recommendations. This meeting can include: parents, therapist, and if needed, an educational consultant.
The purpose of this meeting is to facilitate an accurate and timely distribution of information and facilitate the necessary conversations regarding next steps.