Psycho-educational assessment is designed to answer a number of questions about children including:
- Does my child have a learning disability?
- Does he have attention or processing problems?
- What are her academic and cognitive abilities, strengths, and weaknesses?
- How do psychological issues impact learning, and under what circumstances?
- Does my child need accommodations in school or a specialized learning environment?
- Is further assessment needed to determine if my child is struggling with a mental illness?
- What are the appropriate steps we can take to help my child, including psychotherapy, participation in a social skills group, recommendations for school accommodations or services, or referral to a child psychiatrist for consideration of possible medication intervention.
Psycho-educational measures offered
- Psycho-educational testing of children, adolescents, college students, and adults, using measures including the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ-ACH-III, Normative Update), Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ-COG-III, Normative Update), Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III), Developmental Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NEPSY).
- Assessment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities (LD). Tests including psycho-educational measures cited above; the Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test (IVA), a computerized measure of attention and ability to inhibit impulsive responding; and behavioral rating inventories including the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning (BRIEF), the Brown ADD Rating Scale, and the Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC-2), among others.
- Assessment of personality and emotional functioning.
- Projective testing including use of and the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT).
- Millon and MMPI personality inventories, including adult versions (MCMI and MMPI) and adolescent and pre-adolescent versions (MACI, M-PACI, and MMPI-A).
- Evaluation of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the "gold standard" for assessing and diagnosing autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) across ages, developmental levels, and language skills.
How much does phychological testing cost?
The cost of the assessment is based on the number of face-to-face, "contact" hours involved in interviewing the child or adolescent and his or her parent(s) and the administration of the formal assessment; and the additional hours required for review of records (such as academic history and previous evaluations), scoring of the tests administered, and writing of a psychological evaluation report, which includes diagnosis, interpretation of results, and recommendations for specific learning strategies, academic accommodations and services, and psychological interventions.
We charge at the hourly rate. Typically, we bill for three hours in addition to the contact hours. Below are "ballpark estimates" of the length of time required for various types of assessment, including the non-contact hours.
- Intelligence:4- 5 hours
- Academic Functioning/Learning Disability (includes intelligence testing): 7-8 hours
- ADHD (includes intelligence and academic testing): 8-10 hours
- Personality and Emotional Functioning: 6-8 hours
- Comprehensive (Intellectual, Academic, Personality and Emotional Functioning): 10-14 hours
Questions to ask yourself before the appointment
- Why do I think my child may have ADHD?
- Will my medical (or behavioral health) insurance help cover the cost of an ADHD assessment and/or treatment?
- Are there other unusual events or circumstances happening in our family that may be affecting my child?
Questions to ask the psychologist before ADHD assessment
- How do you diagnose ADHD? What tests or measurements do you use?
- How do you gather information about symptoms in more than one setting? Do you consult with school staff?
- Over how long a period of time will the assessment last? How long is each session?
- What age ranges of children do you have experience assessing?
- Are you knowledgeable about programs at public schools for children and youth with AD/HD? What is your training and work experience in the field ADHD? How long have you been doing assessments for ADHD? If you confirm an ADHD diagnosis, what type of report do you provide? Is there an additional cost to receive a report?
- If medication is involved, do you work with a specific prescribing physician?