What is a Psychological Assessment and How is it Helpful?
A psychological assessment is one way of gathering information about a variety of issues, including a child’s learning style, emotional mood, environmental influences, and their behavioral strengths and challenges. An assessment usually includes an interview with the parent and child, observational data, and psychological tests.
Psychological tests can be conducted to assist with determining diagnoses, identifying learning disabilities, providing intellectual and academic performance information, and increasing awareness of personality characteristics that can influence and affect one’s life. These assessments can then be used to receive special accommodations, learn new decision-making strategies, provide focused treatment plans, and make overall positive changes in a person’s life.
What Does A Psychological Assessment Involve?
In the Assessment Program, the entire clinical assessment is conducted in person by one of our psychologists. A report integrating the data and summarizing the results is provided at the feedback session. All reports include recommendations specific to the child or adolescent, geared towards the presenting concern (i.e., academics, mental health, specialized services, etc.).
The CBT Center of SoCal clinical assessment may include the following components:
- Parent and child interviews to gather information and details about the individual’s history.
- Cognitive and academic achievement testing to determine whether a learning disorder exists.
- Affective testing to understand possible underlying causes of depression and/or anxiety.
- Technology-assisted evaluation of an individual’s ability to pay attention, manage impulses, and self-monitor.
- School observation and information gathered from teacher(s).
- Collateral interviews with other adults who interact regularly with your child (if indicated).
What Type of Psychological Assessments Are Available?
It can be stressful knowing something is going wrong for your child, but not knowing what it is or how to help. Maybe your child has been having difficulty learning, or is struggling to make friends. Maybe they have some unusual behaviors or rituals and you don’t know why. In these cases, assessment may be helpful. We offer several kinds of psychological assessment:
- Cognitive and learning assessment for school or testing accommodations
- Assessment for giftedness
- Assessment for learning disorders
- Developmental assessment for infants and young children
- Comprehensive evaluation for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Clinical assessment for diagnosis including anxiety and mood disorders
Cognitive & Learning Disorders
Through administration of both IQ and Academic Achievement Tests, we can determine (a) if your child suffers from a learning disability, (b) if so, in what domains, and (c) provide specific recommendations to you and/or your child’s school to enhance his or her learning potential.
Many parents are concerned that their child is displaying deficits in attention and/or impulse control. Through administration of IQ tests, standardized measures, school- and home-based observations, and interviews with the people in your child’s life, we can help determine whether your child has natural deficits in these areas and provide recommendations for home- and school-environments to enhance their success.
Gifted Learner Testing
Due to limited funding, public schools rarely provide cognitive testing for academically gifted students. And yet, many gifted students perform poorly out of boredom. Learn whether your child is gifted, and how to challenge them at home and school in order to enhance their scholastic and intellectual development.