Psychological and Educational Testing and Assessment Services

Psychological and educational testing and assessment services are provided for:

Psychological Evaluation of ADHD

A pediatric ADHD evaluation involves the gathering of objective test data from a variety of sources. The Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.) provides an objective assessment of the patient's performance on visual and auditory attention tasks and compares this to a nationally normed group that includes persons with and without ADHD. Additionally, a nationally normed cognitive test (i.e. intelligence test), as well as behavior scales with nationally normed indices for home and school behavior are administered. Lastly, a complete history and clinical interview is conducted with the patient.

Psychological Evaluation of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Recently, national attention has been given to Autism and Asperger disorders. Psychological testing provides data based on national norms. Tests utilized in Autism and Asperger's Syndrome include the Children's Autism Rating Scale, Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-II, Asperger Diagnostic Scale, and the Adaptive Behavior assessment Systems. In addition, a history is completed with the parent and an observation and interview with the child/adolescent is conducted.

Psychological Evaluation of Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Psychological testing gathers data from multiples sources, which allows a more comprehensive "picture" of the patient's difficulties to be revealed. Many of these adolescent and adult psychological tests are objective and based on national norms, such as the MMPI-II and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-II. These types of tests provide objective data that aid in the diagnosis of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, etc. The test results are always interpreted in combination with the patient history and clinical interview and assist in the development of a treatment plan for treatment/therapy.