Parents generally seek assessments to help provide more specific information regarding their child’s behavioral, emotional, and/or academic functioning. Assessments can help to identify specific problems, assess a child’s current level of functioning in various areas, clarify or provide diagnoses, develop treatment plans, monitor a child’s progress, and provide greater insight regarding a child’s emotions and behavior. In general, the following evaluations are designed to help identify problems specific to your child, identify the issues contributing to his or her problems, provide an understanding of the results of the evaluation, and provide recommendations for treatment planning.
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and behavioral functions and their relationship. It involves the assessment of many areas including development, intellectual functioning, attention, memory, language, problem solving, academic skills, perceptual and motor abilities, and behavioral and emotional functioning. When assessing children, a neuropsychological evaluation addresses how these factors affect a child’s development as well as his or her functioning at home, school, and in the community.
Learning disabilities assessments are also known as psychoeducational evaluations. The evaluations are often used to identify general cognitive level of functioning, academic skills, and the presence of learning difficulties or disabilities. The assessments involve cognitive or intellectual testing, academic achievement or skills testing, general behavioral and emotional functioning assessment, records review, and interviews with the individual, parents, and teachers. A written report is provided summarizing the evaluation and outlining treatment recommendations that provide specific information about what will benefit your child regarding academic performance and skills.
A psychological evaluation assesses many areas of a child’s functioning including development, intellectual functioning, academic achievement, personality, thought processes, and behavioral and emotional functioning. This evaluation often involves the use of projective measures, intelligence testing, academic achievement testing, a clinical interview, records review, and interviews with parents, teacher, and important others.