Assessments and Evaluations
What’s the point of having a Psychological Assessment?
To put it simply, the purpose of having your child assessed is to gain a better and more accurate understanding of his or her needs. The results of these assessments include interpersonal skills, socialization, behavioral difficulties, and learning/cognitive delays. The idea is to determine the areas in which your child excels as well as the areas in which he or she might need a little more support. For example, ADHD can severely impact one’s ability to concentrate and do well in school. Without being assessed, one might suffer through many years of frustration by not receiving the necessary help. These assessments allow for the inclusion of necessary support in the academic setting as well as in mental health. Once we can identify the areas where additional support is needed, we can provide much more relevant and appropriate treatment or referrals. This way you won’t be wasting your time and money, guessing!
It is important to note that we are also assessing your child’s strengths. Some children may be gifted in certain areas but never realize it until much later in life… or ever! Another possible benefit to receiving an assessment is to give your child a head start into achieving his or her potential.
How do I know if my child needs to be assessed?
There are many reasons to justify having an assessment. To give you a better idea, here are some of the common questions and concerns we hear from parents wanting to have their child assessed:
- I am considering medication for my teen but I’m concerned and don’t want to be medicating my child if I don’t have to. Is there a way to be more certain that this is the correct route?
- My daughter cannot sit still and has more energy than my wife and I put together… on a good day! I am noticing lately that this is affecting her time at school and many of the teachers have complained that she is a “difficult” student. I am hoping to find out if she has ADHD or at the very least rule out that possibility.
- I am beginning to believe that my son might have symptoms of autism or be somewhere on the Spectrum. Would it be possible to determine if that’s the case, as well as the severity of it if so?
- My daughter is having such a hard time with her studies and it’s not because she isn’t trying. It just seems like she can’t grasp the material as quickly as her friends. I’m concerned there’s something I’m missing and I want to find out how to help her.
- I think that my son is very gifted and different from his peers. He gets perfect grades without even trying. This wouldn’t be a “problem” except that he isn’t able to relate with anyone in his class. He really struggles socially. Would an assessment help guide us with some of these concerns?
These are just a few of the many issues that are addressed and explained via assessments. Also, If you’re still unsure, feel free to ask us! We are more than happy to take the time to talk with you to determine whether an assessment is be the best course of action as well as walk you through the process. We believe that a trusting, collaborative approach with you and your family is the most effective and rewarding method. After all, you know your child better than anyone, which is exactly why we care and want to hear your thoughts on the matter.
What do these tests look like? You’re not going to be sticking any needles into my son, are you?
Don’t worry… we’ll leave the needling to the nurses at your family’s doctor’s office! These assessments are completely painless and consist of a combination of written, verbal, nonverbal, and social examinations that help to determine your child’s strengths and needs. Our staff Psychologist, Catherine Barrett, is very warm and understanding and will make sure that you and your child feel safe and comfortable. It is very important for her to build a trusting relationship in order to facilitate the best and most accurate assessment possible. She will keep you constantly informed with results and give feedback to help you and your child get on the right track to success. To learn more about Catherine, check out her bio page.
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