FAQ’s for Assessment & Psychotherapy

Assessment

A neuropsychological or psychological assessment provides information about:

  • Ability profile
  • Achievement skills
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Executive skills (organization and planning)
  • Motivation and self-efficacy
  • Emotional regulation
  • Behavioral functioning
  • Intelligence Testing
  • Clinical diagnoses (attention problems, learning disorders, anger, anxiety, depression)

School Problems

Bright students can face challenges in school. Many struggle managing complex homework or keeping pace with reading or essays. Others read/write well, but are frustrated with math. Still others have good skills, but still don’t get work done though they spend all evening at it. Some students become discouraged, anxious, angry or depressed.

Comprehensive neuropsychological or psychological assessments can tell you what stands in the way of academic success and can give tailored recommendations (including extended time on tests, for students who qualify) to help turn situations around.

Often students experiencing academic issues conclude they are simply not smart, become discouraged, or stop trying. Uncovering and explaining student’s strengths helps students, parents and teachers a new way to understand why some things remain hard even though the student is intelligent. This fosters students’ belief in their capabilities (academic self-efficacy) and this increases their efforts and their frustration tolerance even with tough situations. It helps students know that even if it takes them a long time, their hard work leads somewhere positive.

Other Problems

For some children, teens, or young adults, the main problem is not academic. Anxiety, depression and anger cause distress and disruption for kids and families. Often, treatment or coaching can help solve problems.

What Happens in a Psychological Assessment?

  • Forms: You, teachers, and students complete forms.
  • Interviews: We discuss, collaboratively what you want, and what goals you have.
  • Testing: Testing takes 4-6 sessions (around 8-10 hours of testing). We want testing to be pleasant and not overly tiring.
  • Going over assessment results: We spend another 8-10 hours, in addition to face-to-face testing time scoring, interpreting, and writing reports. We meet with parents to describe in detail the test results and implications, including diagnoses and recommendations. We often do another meeting with you and your child to explain results they can understand.
  • Treatment/Intervention plan: We complete the report and send for your review. With your signed authorization, it is sent to stakeholders like a school, so interventions are put in place. Sometimes we meet with you and the child’s teachers to explain results.
  • Follow-up: We provide follow-up to you and your child on homework processes, study habits, test anxiety and learning efficacy.

FAQ’s for Assessment & Psychotherapy

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