Decisions about treatment and placement for children, adolescents and young adults require information. Often such decisions are made too quickly and without sufficient data. Psychological testing utilizes standardized assessment techniques to evaluate a person’s cognitive, academic and emotional functioning.
Our clinical psychologists have extensive experience in working with children and adolescents with a wide variety of clinical, educational and social/emotional problems. There expertise in the psychological assessment of at-risk children and adolescents provides the foundation for appropriate educational and therapeutic treatment recommendations. In addition, many programs require testing as a part of their admissions process, and our testing meets these needs.
Our comprehensive evaluation focuses on all three critical domains:
Cognitive Functioning: What are the student’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of verbal comprehension, spatial and nonverbal reasoning skills, memory and concentration, problem solving, impulse control and judgment?
Academic Functioning: Is the student at grade level according to national norms? Is there evidence of learning disabilities? Why has school performance dropped off? Are there specific reasons why this student is struggling? What remedies are called for? What are reasonable academic expectations? What types of school recommendations will help the child be more successful? Does the child need an Individual Educational Plan?
Emotional Functioning: Is there an underlying emotional cause that explains this child’s behavior? Clinical interviews and testing can help to uncover depression, anxiety, problems with substance use, eating and sleep disorders, identity and self-esteem functioning, emotional and interpersonal dynamics. An assessment of risk for self-harm, suicide, and aggression as well as most appropriate treatment approaches is also a part of the assessment.
An integrated report pulls together all the data in an informative and readable style. Many times psychological reports are little more than lists of tests administered and obtained scores. A report from Bodin Associates Testing Service is a comprehensive analysis of all the data written in a narrative style that is easy to read and understand. This document provides a road map of where this particular journey started, where it is presently, and shows predicted routes that are dependent on treatment choices presently being reviewed. The report informs the decision-making process by providing an analysis of the test data and a context for understanding this individual at this point in time.
In addition, SSAT testing can be administered for admission to private secondary schools.