Comprehensive Psychological Assessments
Through the use of standardized psychological testing, Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness seeks to provide families, professionals, and schools with a comprehensive understanding of the child’s general developmental, emotional, intellectual, behavioral, and academic functioning.
Psychological Assessment assists us with answering the referral question that is often set by parents, pediatricians, schools, state agencies (i.e., Babies Can’t Wait), and other therapists. This evaluation is hoped to serve as a roadmap for aiding the child’s development.
Possible concerns may include the following:
- Developmental Delays
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Emotional Challenges (i.e., anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Behavioral Disorders
- Adjustment Concerns
- Speech/Language Delays
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning Disabilities/Academic Concerns
- Executive Functioning Deficits
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Sensory Regulation
First: Patient/Family Appointment:
Parent/caregiver interview to gather patient history, initial observations of the child, review of records (i.e., previous evaluations, Babies Can’t Wait paperwork, school information, IFSP/IEP, therapist notes, etc.)
- During this initial meeting, the psychologist meets with you and your child to gather a better understanding of the child’s history, presenting challenges, and goals for the evaluation and subsequent sessions.
Second: Patient/Family Appointment:
- The evaluation session typically occurs 2-4 weeks after the initial interview (the time frame may depend on insurance approval). On the day of assessment, your child will meet with the psychologist, psychology intern, and/or psychometrist while you are asked to complete parent report measures. Based on the child’s age and/or circumstance of the evaluation, parents may be asked to sit in during the assessment process. Assessment measures include but are not limited to direct behavioral observation, play assessment, cognitive abilities, language development, gross/fine motor development, academic achievement, adaptive skill development, sensory integration, behavior/emotion rating scales, attention skills, executive functioning, assessment of autism spectrum disorders, memory, and visual motor integration.
Professional Analysis of Data: Patient and Family Not Present:
Scoring and interpretation of assessment measures, case conferences for further analysis, psychological report writing
- During this stage, the psychology team scores all assessment measures, analyzes the data, interprets the information, and lastly is able to integrate the patient’s history and results into a comprehensive written report.
Final and Third Session: Parent Only (child may be present if requested):
Test Result/Feedback Session
- The test result/feedback session is the culmination of all the work that has been completed throughout this process. During this parent session, the final psychological report will be reviewed in detail so you are able to understand all aspects of your child’s results. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions to ensure understanding of the results and possible diagnosis. Lastly, personalized recommendations are provided to guide caregivers, teachers, and professionals in helping the child succeed in all domains of life. After this final session, the family may decide to continue on with therapy sessions at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness to begin treatment. Overall, it is our goal to have your family leave our office with the knowledge of your child’s personal strengths and areas of growth so that you can better aid their future growth and success.