Intellectual Tests: These tests are often thought of as mini cognitive “games.” Some ask questions about verbal knowledge, and some are designed to assess non-verbal reasoning (e.g. visual-spatial skill and pattern matching skills). These tasks also determine how well a child can maintain focus, and whether they are an auditory or visual learner. Finally, a person’s performance on these tasks can help diagnose the presence of clinical conditions like ADHD.
Academic Tests: These tests determine a child’s fundamental skill level, fluency, and applied skills in areas of reading, math, and written language. By looking at a student’s academic skill level compared to a sample of same-aged students, we can determine the presence of learning deficits and how other factors, such as one’s attention and mood, affect academic performance.
Emotional Tests: Attending school is inherently stressful, especially for kids with attention and learning issues. Often, these intensely stressful periods can cause debilitating anxieties or awaken predispositions to depression. Hence, our emotional measures can determine the presence of negative emotional states that may be affecting your child’s cognitive and academic functioning.
Personality Tests: One’s general attitudes about life, such as their personal expectations for success, can positively motivate a person or, alternately, create fears of failure that may become detrimental to performance. Fortunately, our assessment battery subtypes personality style and can help us determine attitudes that are either helping or hindering success.
Every service we provide starts with a psychological assessment battery. A psychological assessment (also known as psychological “testing” or “evaluation”) uses standardized “tests” to investigate an individual’s intellectual (cognitive), academic (achievement), emotional (mood), and personality (attitude) functioning and how these domains affect academic performance, test taking, and overall psychological health. A full battery psychological evaluation performed by a licensed psychologist is required to apply for any academic accommodations.
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