Sometimes the answers aren’t obvious. Testing applies the scientific tools of psychology to the assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults. Our team of education and psychology professionals is fully trained and certified to determine if testing is necessary, and if so, administer exactly which ones to use. Among the areas we test are:
- Cognitive Functioning: What are the strengths and weaknesses relative to verbal comprehension, spatial and nonverbal reasoning skills, memory and attention, problem solving, impulse control and judgment?
- Academic Functioning: Is the student at grade level according to national norms? Is there evidence of learning disabilities? What has school performance dropped off? Are there specific reasons for why this student struggles and what remedies are called for? What are reasonable academic expectations?
- Emotional Functioning: Is there an underlying emotional cause that explains this child’s behavior? Testing will most often uncover evidence of depression, anxiety, defiance and anger, eating and sleep disorders, identity and self-esteem functioning, substance abuse, social insensitivity, and childhood abuse. An assessment of risk for self-harm and suicide, aggression and compliance with treatment will be made.
Used to determine a student’s readiness for different levels of challenge, from kindergarten up through and including college.
Assessment of Academic Skills
Used to determine proficiency in specific academic areas. Early detection of strengths, deficiencies, and weaknesses can assist you in providing enrichment or remedial supplements to even the most comprehensive school curriculum.
Testing for Learning Differences
The earlier a child’s potential learning difference can be identified, the earlier it can be treated. Effective testing can identify the specific challenge and help the consultant and family make informed decisions.