What's An Assessment Like?
When you come in for a psychological evaluation, we’ll start with a diagnostic interview.
We’ll talk about your main concerns and get some more background information, getting a clear picture of the your child's struggles and things that might contribute to them.
From there, we'll begin with the testing. The first session typically lasts about 3 hours.
The assessments usually include about 6-8 hours of testing. Since I know that can be a lot in one sitting, we split that into 2-3 sessions depending on age and other factors.
During the testing, we’ll be looking at a lot of different areas to learn more about your child’s unique strengths and struggles including:
academic abilities (reading, math, and writing)
executive functioning (like impulse control, planning, organization, etc.)
After we’re done, we’ll meet again a couple weeks later for a feedback session.
In that meeting, we’ll talk about the results of testing, identifying exactly where those difficulties are and giving specific recommendations based on those strengths and weaknesses.
One of the things that makes my practice a little different is the one-month follow-up.
I know that there is a lot of information to process in the feedback session, so we'll re-connect either by phone, email, or in another meeting so you can ask any questions that came up since then.
We also get to review how things went when applying the recommendations, and we can make adjustments to help make those work for you and your specific situation.
My goal in the assessment is to give you 2 things:
1) A clear picture of how your child’s brain works and what is getting in the way of them succeeding.
2) Specific tools and ideas to help them succeed both at home and at school -- leveraging your child's strengths to their advantage and putting pieces in place to address their specific challenges.
To schedule an assessment today, call me at (651) 204-4034.