Psychological & Neuropsychological Testing
What is the purpose of psychological testing?
Psychological testing examines your child’s symptoms and behaviors to explain his or her current difficulties and provide a diagnosis (if applicable). Psychological testing can help you gain a better understanding of your child’s current emotional or behavioral functioning and can diagnose problems such as depression and anxiety. Testing can also assess for the presence of attention problems, developmental delays, and learning disorders. Recommendations are provided to help your child improve his or her functioning at home, school, and in the community.
What is the purpose of neuropsychological testing?
Neuropsychological testing provides a comprehensive picture of your child’s functioning in multiple domains. The areas assessed by neuropsychological testing include intelligence, academic achievement, emotional functioning, development, memory, attention, learning, and processing. From gaining detailed information about your child’s strengths and challenges, an appropriate diagnosis can be made (if applicable) and recommendations are provided to help your child improve his or her functioning at home, school, and in the environment.
What will the psychologist do to
complete the testing?
Testing involves a diagnostic interview followed by one to three testing sessions lasting two to four hours each. Each evaluation is customized to meet your child’s specific needs, and the length and number of testing sessions depends on the areas of concern being addressed. After the diagnostic interview, your psychologist will be able to estimate the necessary number of hours to complete the evaluation.
During the testing session(s), your child may be asked to complete puzzles, answer questions, draw pictures, tell stories, and/or complete tests of academic skills, such as reading and math. Additionally, you (the parent/guardian) and your child’s teachers may be asked to fill out questionnaires.
How long will I have to wait for results?
Parents will often leave the testing session with questionnaires to complete at home and questionnaires for their child’s teachers to complete. Once these questionnaires have been returned and all testing sessions have been completed, the psychologist will score and interpret the tests. She will then create a written report that describes and summarizes the results and provides recommendations to help your child. Parents can expect to receive a call two or three weeks after the testing has been completed to schedule a feedback session.
At the time of the feedback session the psychologist will explain the results of the psychological testing and will answer any questions you may have. She will provide you with the completed evaluation report detailing the test results and recommendations.