Learn more about the evaluation process for ADHD, dyslexia/learning disability, autism, and emotional issues.
The process of testing is one-on-one with the psychologist and involves using current, well-established tests. The various assessment measures chosen by the psychologist can include paper-and-pencil tasks, hands-on activities, and computerized tasks.
Your first meeting with the psychologist will help us determine the appropriate scope of testing. The areas to explore in testing will depend on the nature of your concerns.
What happens during the evaluation process?
- A clinical interview in the consultation session. This first step gives the psychologist a chance to gather information about the client’s developmental, family, medical, academic, and social-emotional history. Some clients find it useful to record their thoughts and concerns prior to the interview.
- Complete review of relevant previous records provided to the psychologist (e.g. report cards, previous testing, individualized education program/ IEP or 504, medical records, etc.). Ideally, these records should be sent to the clinician before the initial interview.
- Sessions of testing with current, empirically validated assessment instruments
- In-school observations or consultation with other providers may be conducted, when deemed beneficial
- A detailed written report integrating the findings with historical information and observations. The thorough report that is provided also outlines the diagnosis and valuable recommendations on how to address areas of difficulty and support the individual across settings.
- The feedback session involves a review of the results of testing and recommendations to address the identified issues. This session offers you an opportunity to learn about areas of strength and figure out effective ways to tackle areas of difficulty.
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