Psychological testing of children
Testing services for children and adolescents:
Clinical psychologists typically work with children and adolescents with ADHD, developmental delay or academic learning (i.e., dyslexia, math, writing), and complex social or emotional functioning problems. Psychological testing may be helpful in making a diagnosis and/or confirming a diagnosis. Knowing the diagnosis will help health professionals, caregivers, family and school systems understand how to treat and support the child or adolescent.
Clinical psychologists provide a comprehensive assessment of the child, including gathering information from parents, teachers, day care workers, health care providers, or others who are familiar with the child. They then compile an assessment that sheds light on the child's brain function, strengths and weaknesses, preferred learning style, and possible diagnostic conditions that exist. They typically work one-on-one with the child and administer play tests that assess the child's verbal and non-verbal IQ, attention, memory, visual-spatial and language functioning, as well as academic and emotional functioning.
Parents are given feedback on the results of testing, and a detailed report is drawn up. This report, which brings together information collected from all assessment sources, also provides specific recommendations based on test results to help your child achieve optimal functioning at home and school. In addition, with parental permission, the results may be shared with the child's school to help determine appropriate classroom housing that maximizes the child's strengths and minimizes the child's weaknesses.
The general types of testing we offer for children and teenagers are:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Developmental delays or disability (e.g. social, emotional, achievement, intellectual, etc.)
Learning disabilities (i.e. dyslexia, math, writing)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Psychodiagnostics (for example, to clarify or confirm the diagnosis of other mental disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, etc.)