Types of Evaluations

Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation

This involves an Intelligence Test (typically the WISC-IV or WAIS-IV) and a battery of academic tests (typically the WJ-III). These tests provide an evaluation of intellectual and academic abilities and screen for learning disabilities. We also add a wide ranging battery of personality tests and behavior assessment tools to develop a broad overview of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. With older adolescents and young adults we offer vocational testing to help with transition planning.

Personality/ Mental Health

This evaluation include a battery of objective and projective tests that, together with interviews and background information, address a range of issues including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, interpersonal styles, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, substance abuse, ADHD, as well as flexibility and adaptive functioning. These tests are typically completed in conjunction with Cognitive/Academic Testing.

Learning Disability Evaluation

This assessment provides a more detailed and “process oriented” evaluation of learning problems (e.g., reading disability, nonverbal learning disability, dyslexia, writing disability, dysgraphia) while providing specific recommendations for teachers and other school personnel. It is typically completed as an adjunct to the comprehensive psychological evaluation.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Provides a more in-depth evaluation of processes such as memory, attention and executive functioning. These evaluations are especially helpful in assessing the impact of head trauma, brain injuries, and changes in cognitive functioning secondary to substance abuse.

Autism Spectrum Disorders/Social Development Evaluation

Provides diagnostic clarification for Autism Spectrum Disorders (e.g. Asperger’s Disorder) and other social developmental issues using gold standard measures, such as the ADOS, and documents the range of impairment. Thorough interview and records review are used to document important developmental information. Recommendations for education and treatment are provided.

Psychosexual Evaluation

Evaluates normal and deviant sexual attitudes, behaviors, interests and history. Usually completed in conjunction with basic personality measures, this assessment is often requested to help with placement or to develop a specific treatment plan.

Vocational Evaluation

This evaluation is typically completed as part of a more broad assessment and provides information about a student’s vocational interests and how these interests align with occupational fields. This assessment also provides information about a student’s vocational strengths and recommendations to improve any vocational limitations.

Adult Ability Evaluation

This evaluation provides information about a person’s day-to-day functioning and is particularly beneficial to individuals who are transitioning into adulthood. This evaluation includes components that are required for individuals with disabilities to apply for adult services (such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security Services, etc.).

Psychoeducational Evaluation

This evaluation is designed specifically for educational settings and is often used when a student is transitioning either back into a mainstream school setting from a treatment program or into a higher education setting. This evaluation can also be used when a student plans to apply for accommodations (such as extra time on tests because of low processing speed, for example).