IQ/cognitive testing is used to determine problem solving and reasoning abilities. This is the most basic type of testing and will be a brief assessment of cognitive abilities. IQ testing may be used to determine gifted eligibility.
Assessments to Determine Learning Differences-
Assessments are to determine learning differences and resultant reports outline effective strategies based on individual learning needs. These evaluations will consist of standardized tests of cognition and academic achievement, as well as, any social/emotional/behavioral/adaptive functioning rating scales. A full report will be provided that includes recommendations to improve performance in education.
Special Education Eligibility-
Comprehensive assessments can be used to determine if your child needs special education services or can be used as a second opinion following the completion of an assessment completed in public, private, or charter schools. These assessments will test for Autism, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disability, and other special education classifications as defined by school law.
If you are entering college or in college and experiencing difficulties, you may require extra accommodations. These accommodations may include testing in a small setting or testing in a quiet area. These evaluations will determine what is in the way of achieving success (e.g., ADHD), and will provide accommodations in written format that may be used through the Office of Accommodations.
The purpose of a Psychological Evaluation is to determine whether a particular area of concern is affecting life functioning in some way. Students in K-12 or colleges may be struggling to achieve desired grades and wish to know what their ability levels are, and what learning accommodations would compensate for their weaknesses. Each assessment is individualized to a particular individual’s needs.
Psychological testing usually begins with a 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. Testing is also used to determine abilities in reading, math, written language, and oral language. Additionally, 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 individually tailored to the specific needs of families and individuals. The instruments used may include cognitive or intelligence testing (e.g., WISC-V, WAIS-IV), academic achievement testing (e.g., WIAT-III), rating scales (BASC-3, ABAS-3), and any other instruments needed to determine individual needs. Observations are also used as part of the evaluation process. Comprehensive recommendations are included with each report.