Psychological assessment is a process of testing and information gathering that uses a combination of techniques to help arrive at some conclusion about a person and their capabilities, behavior, and/or personality. Psychologists are the only professionals who are expertly trained to perform and interpret psychological tests. Prior to any psychological testing, it is recommended that an individual undergo a full medical examination to rule out the possibilities of a medical, organic cause for the individual’s symptoms. Psychological evaluations are tailored to the referral question but will likely include many of the following elements:
A structured interview is often conducted with the parent/guardian and/or the individual before the start of any psychological assessment or testing. This interview can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and includes questions about the individual’s personal and childhood history, recent life experiences, work and school history, and family background.
A standardized psychological test is a task or set of tasks given under standard, set conditions. It is designed to assess some aspect of a person’s knowledge, skill or personality. A psychological test provides a scale of measurement for consistent individual differences regarding some psychological concept. A test yields one or more objectively obtained quantitative scores so that, as much as possible, each person is assessed in the same way. The intent is to provide a fair and equitable comparison among test takers. Norm-references psychological tests are standardized on a clearly defined group and have been developed to assess many areas, including intelligence; academic achievement; cognitive processing; visual-motor skills; gross and fine motor skills; and adaptive behavior. Psychologists have a choice of many well-standardized and psychometrically sound tests with which to evaluate an individual. Standardized norm-referenced tests may sometimes need to be supplemented with more informal assessment procedures, such as projective tests, teacher-made tests, reading inventories, or language samples.
Checklists and rating scales may also be completed by the individual, parent/guardian, caretaker, or teacher in order to determine the presence of developmental milestones, behavior deficits, social-emotional difficulties, adaptive skills levels, and/or the probability of the presence of a psychological disorder. Rating scales and checklists are most informative when they are completed by multiple respondents.
Observations of the person being referred in their natural setting can provide additional valuable assessment information. It is helpful to observe behavior across multiple environments such as home, school, and community settings. This helps to identify consistencies in behavioral responses or variations based upon the context and environmental demands.
Psychological assessment is never based on a single test score or number. Every person has a range of competencies that can be evaluated through a number of methods. A psychologist is there to evaluate the competencies as well as the limitations of the person, and report on them in an objective but helpful manner. Psychologists take the information gathered from psychological assessment and develop relevant and meaningful recommendations. A psychological assessment report will not only note weaknesses found in testing, but also the individual’s strengths. Typically, reports will be available within one to two weeks, but this depends on multiple factors.
If you notice your child is having reoccurring difficulties in a specific area, then it may be beneficial for them to receive counseling. Counseling can provide them with strategies and coping skills to help improve social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Additionally, if you notice any significant change in your child's functioning or behavior patterns, or if the child or family is experiencing a significant life change, then counseling may be considered.
Yes, all services offered at Child & Adolescent Psych Solutions, LLC can be obtained at the child's school at no cost. However, there are benefits to having your child evaluated privately. Private evaluations often include a more comprehensive approach to evaluation, a testing environment outside of the school setting, and the flexibility with determining which areas to evaluate. Most schools will only evaluate in the area of concern evident in the school setting. Parents/guardians also feel that private evaluations may provide a more unbiased assessment of the their child's functioning. Counseling is also available within the school setting; however, school-based counseling is typically more time limited and only addresses skill deficits that are impacting the child in the school setting.
This varies and is dependent on the type of evaluation/service. The cost can range from $100 to $1500. Cash, Check, and PayPal are currently accepted.
Insurance is not currently accepted. A superbill can be provided for you to submit to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement depending on your coverage options.
Yes, Child & Adolescent Psych Solutions, LLC is insured through a NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) approved insurance provider.