Child Evaluations

Diagnostic child and adolescent evaluations are conducted on an individual basis to identify the social emotional and learning differences of children who may have learning disabilities, or who are struggling within the academic or community environment. Our evaluations also examine executive functioning deficits, developmental delays, attention deficits, and emotional factors that may be impacting performance at school, at home, or in life. Evaluations of individuals with symptoms of PDD or autism spectrum disorders are also conducted.  In addition, we are able to conduct private school admissions testing.

Types of testing include:

  • Admissions Testing
  • Comprehensive Autism Evaluation
  • Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation (targeting academic/learning disabilities)
  • ADHD Specific Evaluation
  • Developmental Evaluation
  • Educational Evaluation

Admissions testing:  Many private or independent schools request an individually administered intellectual assessment for a child as part of the admission process.  We are able to provide admissions testing to help facilitate the process for families seeking admission to a private school.

Comprehensive Autism Evaluation:  We have designed a comprehensive evaluation to thoroughly assess not only the presence of symptoms seen in individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but also to fully examine the processing strengths and weaknesses, so we can provide families with individualized recommendations based on the individual’s profile.  A proper diagnosis of ASD — or the elimination of ASD as a diagnosis — allows families to obtain the help their child needs to reach his/her full potential.  We are able to utilize a combination of assessment tools to complete this evaluation, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS),  Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI), Differential Ability Scales (DAS), Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, and Leiter assessments, as well as other standard evaluation tools to aid in this process.

Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation:  We have a long history of providing comprehensive evaluations designed to fully examine an individual’s intellectual functioning, academic functioning, and information processing skills in order to gain a more complete understanding of strengths and needs.  Depending on the specific areas of concern, psychological and educational interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations may include an assessment of learning disabilities, executive functioning, attention capacity, social and emotional functioning, and academic performance (reading, written composition, mathematics, study skills). Evaluations are also conducted for college students and adults who are in need of an evaluation of current abilities and functioning level, in order to determine whether accommodations for higher education, graduate examinations, or work life may be needed.

We use the information gathered during the evaluation to facilitate the development of recommended strategies and supports that the individual may need in order to be able to be more successful within the academic environment.  These evaluations always include an assessment of social-emotional functioning, attention skills, and executive functioning, and can be used to request accommodations or supports within the academic environment.  Additional evaluations that may be recommended include speech-language, occupational therapy, and hearing.

ADHD Specific Evaluation:  Our team has created a battery of tests designed specifically to evaluate inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive symptoms, as well as executive functioning deficits, in order to determine if a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate, and if so, what recommendations can be made to improve an individual’s functioning.  Additionally we provide an assessment of other aspects of information processing and social- emotional functioning in order to rule out other causes for the inattentive/hyperactive symptoms.

Developmental Evaluation:  A Developmental Evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation for pre-school children designed to assess all areas of a child’s development in order to determine if their development is progressing at an expected rate in several areas, including language, behavior, adaptive functioning, social/emotional, non-verbal processing, and pre-academic skills.  This profile is then used to identify the presence of any developmental delays, to determine if any further evaluations might be needed, and to create a set of recommendations for parents and professionals working with the child.

Educational Evaluation:  The educational evaluation  focuses exclusively on an assessment of an individual’s academic strengths and weaknesses, and of current grade and age level performance in the three broad academic areas of reading, written language, and arithmetic.  This evaluation is an assessment of current skill level, and does not provide information related to possible underling processing concerns or the possible presence of a learning disability.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact us.