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Overview of Assessment Services

What is an assessment?

An assessment provides a comprehensive examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the client. Dependent on the type of assessment completed, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the client's cognitive functioning, academic performance, social-emotional functioning, and/or adaptive functioning. Psychometric testing is conducted in a one-on-one setting with the clinician and the client. Testing sessions are for approximately one to two hours at a time, dependent upon the activities that are being conducted during the session. 

 

The assessment process involves: 

  • Intake interview: gathering background information about the student and discussing the reason for referral. During the interview process, the clinician will discuss the cost of the assessment and how many hours they will charge for. 

  • Psychometric Testing (1-3 sessions): completion of cognitive and academic testing  

  • Social-Emotional functioning (rating scales): gaining qualitative information from various perspectives (e.g., parent, teacher) to better understand the student  

  • Report: An in-depth analysis is completed of all the data gathered and written within a report. Information from testing, the rating scales, and clinical observations are all included. Additionally, individualized recommendations are provided for each assessment. 

  • Feedback: Discussing the results of the assessment, reviewing recommendations, and answering questions

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What do assessments provide?

  • A deeper understanding of one’s strengths and challenges related to learning, information processing, and academic skills.

  • Formal diagnosis of mental health disorders

    • Examples: ADHD, specific learning disorders (reading, writing, math), depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, PTSD, OCD,

  • Recommendations for accommodations to seek in schools and other settings.

  • Information needed for school admission (gifted)

What kind of assessments do we offer?

Psychological Assessment (General)

  • Psychoeducational Assessment

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  • Clinical Assessment

  • Gifted Assessment

  • Mental Health Assessment

  • Autism Screening

Depending on the type of assessment you are seeking, the length of time needed to complete one varies but typically involves multiple sessions with a psychologist. A psychologist can provide you with a formal report of the assessment results.

How do you prepare for an assessment?

  • Studying for psychological tests is highly discouraged as it can negatively impact an individual’s performance.

  • Get a good night’s rest and eat before the assessment.

  • If you can, schedule in some time to take it easy afterwards, assessments can require a considerable amount of emotional and cognitive effort.

  • Come with any questions or concerns you have.

  • Ask about cost. Psychoeducational assessments/psychological testing can be expensive without insurance coverage.