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Psychological Testing

Psychological Testing:

The purpose of this kind of testing is to identify a student's specific learning profile by looking at cognitive abilities--things like attention, memory, processing speed, problem-solving, language skills, and organization--and academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and math.  Knowing very specifically which skills are working well and which ones are not is an essential first step in solving your child's academic problems.  You can't fix something if you don't know what's broken!

The testing process starts with a one-hour meeting to review your child's developmental and academic history; look at work samples, report cards, and previous testing reports; and identify your goals for the testing.  The typical psychological assessment involves three to four testing sessions with your child, each of which is approximately two hours long.  That's a lot of work, so we take plenty of movement and snack breaks!

After the testing sessions are finished, the results are scored and interpreted, and you will be provided with a thorough and detailed analysis of your child's skills and abilities that pinpoints the roadblocks to academic success. The written report will identify the specific tools and strategies that will help your child become a more skilled and confident student.

All psychological testing is conducted by licensed clinical psychologists and is billed at an hourly rate.  Please call for specifics regarding payments and filing for insurance reimbursement.

Brief Reading Assessment:

The purpose of this kind of testing is to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses in reading.  Students can struggle in reading for lots of different reasons: some struggling readers can't sound out new words, others read so slowly they are too exhausted to read for long, and still others reverse letters, skip lines, and jumble up the order of words within a sentence.  Each of these students will require a very different focus in their reading instruction.

Brief Math Assessment:

Math is one of the most complex academic subjects, requiring number sense, accuracy, attention to detail, automatic recall of facts and procedures from memory, ability to follow multi-step sequences, understanding of numbers and symbols, ability to grasp abstract concepts, pattern recognition, and language processing. 

Understanding why your child is struggling in math is much easier when we know exactly which skills are solid and which need work.   An assessment of the skills that are necessary for good performance in math helps us create a clear roadmap to improving your child’s performance in math.

Brief Writing Assessment:

Writing is another very challenging task.  When student are composing, they have to remember proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, and capitalization, as well as maintain a logical flow of ideas.  Some students have wonderfully creative ideas but cannot get them down on paper.  A writing evaluation will help identify exactly what is getting in the way and how to help your child write with less stress and frustration.

The brief reading,math, and writing evaluations take two to four hours of time, and are also billed at an hourly rate.  As with the full psychological assessment, you will be provided with a written report that analyzes your child's skills and abilities, and that will help you understand exactly what is creating the roadblock to effortless reading, wriing, or math performance. These kinds of evaluations are not usually covered by insurance, but can be paid through a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Our goals in testing are to provide you with a comprehensive and user-friendly guide to understanding your child's learning style, and for your child to walk out of our offices feeling smart and competent!

Psychological Testing.

 


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