The purpose of a Psychological Evaluation is to determine whether a particular area of concern is affecting life functioning in some way. Each assessment is individualized to a particular individual’s needs.
Psychological testing will usually begin with a comprehensive clinical interview involving children, parents, and/or significant others, depending on the type of evaluation. In addition to an interview, rating scales may be administered to these parties, as well as, to teachers for additional information. Self-reports are also utilized when necessary.
The evaluation will generally consist of an intelligence test administered directly to determine ability levels in areas such as verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, memory, and information processing. If the referral is in direct relation to academics, academic achievement tests will be directly administered to determine ability levels in various academic areas, such as reading, math, written language, and oral language. Social/emotional/behavioral referrals will include rating scales that are used to determine particular areas of concern or to determine the presence of symptoms that may lead to a clinical diagnosis. Each assessment is different and it is important that information regarding referral be communicated directly to the staff and Psychologist to determine the appropriate course of action.