Zackson Psychology Group offers comprehensive assessment for children, adolescents, and college-aged adults. There are two types of assessment that focus on different areas:
A psychoeducational evaluation is usually performed to determine the underlying cognitive processes that impact your child’s educational and functional performance. Our experienced assessment team provides a comprehensive educational testing battery focusing on your child’s specific concerns. Results from the evaluation are then used to determine the appropriate treatment recommendations and school accommodations necessary for academic success.
A psychological evaluation consists of a psychoeducational assessment and psychological testing that will provide a detailed description of your child’s social and emotional functioning and evidence based treatment recommendations
REASONS FOR TESTING
Parents choose to have their child tested or schools recommend testing due to problems pertaining to difficulty in learning and attention, behavior, emotional control or socialization. The testing will usually assess, general intelligence, reading and math, executive function, attention, memory, language, behavioral, emotional and social functioning.
Our experienced psychologists chose to focus in the area of testing given a passion for the detective work of unraveling the various factors that help and hold back your child in their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in order to guide recommendations and treatment. Our team is particularly skilled at engaging children and adolescents in order to decrease their anxiety and elicit their most representative skills and performances.
HOW WILL THE TESTING RESULTS BE HELPFUL?
Testing results can explain various factors that may be contributing to your child’s specific school problems and specific interventions to help your child. For instance, if your child is struggling with reading, findings can clarify if it is due to a reading disability, attention problems, language disorders or processing issues. Findings also enable our assessment team to create a profile of your child’s strengths and weaknesses by comparing your child’s test scores to scores of same-aged peers and recommend specific interventions to help your child succeed.
Furthermore, testing can also identify the effects of developmental or neurological problems such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia. Testing in younger children is often used as a baseline to compare your child’s development over time and measure the effectiveness of treatment.
TESTING REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
A detailed summary of findings and recommendations is provided during a verbal feedback session. Parents receive a detailed written testing report that include your child’s developmental, medical and educational history, clinical observations, general intelligence and cognitive functioning, academic achievement, executive function, sensorimotor functioning, psychological tests, behavior and adaptive functioning, social and emotional functioning, diagnostic impressions and comprehensive recommendations.
The results and recommendations determine school placements, inform development of an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan, create behavior plans for managing difficult child behavior at home, school, and in the community, and identify goals for treatment.
CONSULTATION WITH SCHOOLS
When requested, our assessment team will consult with schools to help your child get the most out of their education, and receive the interventions and accommodations which are guaranteed to you by law. Our team will empower you with valuable information and help you understand your educational rights, and how to effectively work with your child’s educational team.
Most crucial, this information will help you better understand your child and provide a tailored treatment plan that can help you, your child, teachers, and doctors to meet your child’s needs and reach their full potential.