Psychological assessment typically involves some standardized measures, which are individually administered to your child following an established set of rules, as well as questionnaires or rating scales and informal measures (e.g., observations of your child during play, interviews). In a psychological assessment, your child will participate in tasks that allow the assessor to better understand your child’s cognitive or intellectual abilities, academic skills, self-help skills, oral language, executive functioning, emotions, behaviors, and socialization. The specific tools that are used depend on your questions about your child, as well as your child’s developmental level.
Sessions are structured to allow your child to engage fully in the process—including identifying their own assessment questions—and to experience success. As needed, we break up testing into shorter segments, provide lots of positive reinforcement, and give children and adolescents choices.