Psychological Testing and Assessments

Psychological Testing and AssessmentsDoes My Child Need Psychological Testing?

  • Do you suspect that your child may have a learning disability in reading, writing or mathematics?
  • Is your child struggling to control their behavior at home and school?
  • Does your child have trouble completing homework in a timely manner or fail to retain recently learned information?
  • Are you concerned your child may be experiencing excessive stress, worries, or sadness?
  • Does your child struggle socially or exhibit rigid and/or repetitive behaviors?
  • Does your child need an evaluation or assessment to determine entry into a private school or giftedness?

Many Children Struggle

When children struggle in school or to learn new information, it can be stressful for both the child and family. Academic and social issues at school are some of the most common reasons children are referred for therapy and testing. Understanding how a child learns, their coping mechanisms, and his or her specific strengths and weaknesses can help the parent, teachers and an experienced child psychologist develop the most effective interventions for the home and school settings. At Innovative Psychological Solutions we conduct the following psychological evaluations.

Psycho-educational Evaluations

We offer individualized psycho-educational evaluations for children and teens experiencing learning challenges that interfere with their ability to perform in the academic setting. We assess whether the child exhibits characteristics of an intellectual disability, learning disability, attention disorder and/or social emotional difficulties.

Autism Assessment

If you are concerned that your child may have autism, one of our experienced child psychologists can meet with you and your child to review history, development and current concerns. We are trained to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation System-Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) assessments. Many times it is also necessary to assess your child’s cognitive ability, language skills, attention, memory, motor skills and/or academic achievement.

ADHD and Executive Functioning Assessment

Children and adolescents with ADHD frequently exhibit a wide range of symptoms. Due to the variety of symptoms the assessment process is multifaceted and often includes information collected from multiple sources—parents, caregivers, and teachers, as well as the child. Depending on the unique symptoms your child is experiencing the evaluation could assess areas such as attention, planning and problem solving, impulsivity, working memory, and self-regulation.

Social-Emotional Assessment

We offer both objective and projective measures to learn more about your child’s coping skills, self-esteem, and problem solving skills. This type of testing is usually conducted if you are concerned about anxiety, depression, and/ or changes in personality and behavior.

Cognitive/Admission Testing

We have a test library that includes the most common cognitive ability assessments (e.g., Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, V; Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Ability-IV; Differential Ability Scale-II; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scales-V). We will work with you to determine the appropriate test(s).

Full/Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation

Comprehensive Evaluations provide an in-depth look at your child’s cognitive, academic, attention, and social-emotional functioning. It often includes a combination of the psycho-educational evaluation, attention and executive assessment, and social-emotional assessment.

Testing typically takes between 2-8 hours depending on the needs of your child. This is often conducted over a couple of sessions to ensure your child is performing at his or her best. Our evaluations are designed to meet the state requirements regarding the request of specialized accommodations within the schools. After your child’s evaluation is completed we’ll provide you with a comprehensive report, which includes recommendations and treatment options (when appropriate). We’ll sit down with you and your child for a follow-up meeting to discuss the results and ensure that you understand the report and recommendations. We can also consult with teachers and/or other service provides to better support the development of your child.

You may feel testing is the right thing for your child, but still have questions and concerns…

I am concerned that my child will be misdiagnosed or labeled.

This very common concern is completely understandable. However, at Innovative Psychological Solutions, our goal is to provide you and your child with valuable information and not a label. Testing conducted by a professional allows you to fully understand your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses, as well as empowers you and others working with your child to better meet his or her needs. Research shows that the earlier that potential weaknesses are identified and addressed, the better the long-term outcomes. Evaluations also help you to better understand how to help your child learn new concepts, maintain focus and concentration and reduce the day-to-day struggles.

Is testing worth the time and expense?

Although testing can be expensive, we encourage you to consider it as a worthwhile investment in the well-being and development of your child. Testing creates the opportunity for you to ensure that your child’s educational and social-emotional needs are met. We use state of the art assessment instruments and an individualized testing battery that provides a clear picture of your child and accurate diagnoses (when indicated).

How do I know if my child really even needs an evaluation or testing?

As parents we all want our children to achieve their maximum potential. Our goal at Innovative Psychological Solutions is to ensure we meet the individual needs of each child and tailor testing and interventions. We are happy to meet with you and discuss the specific needs of your child so you can make the best decision concerning how to move forward. Please call us at 703-273-2198 to request more information about psychological testing or schedule a free consultation appointment.