During childhood and adolescence, mental health symptoms often present in greatly varying ways. For example, a depressed child may be withdrawn and isolative, or act out in the classroom. Parents, teachers, and the child are often left frustrated and concerned when the underlying psychological issues are either missed or misdiagnosed.
A psychological evaluation provides a comprehensive assessment of the child’s functioning across multiple settings. Information is gathered from home, school, and extracurricular activities to fully understand the child’s behavior. This type of testing also includes structured assessment measures designed to address the referral question, and a clinical interview with the child/patient. After completion, the assessment scores are interpreted and combined with other information gathered to provide a diagnosis and treatment planning recommendations.
A comprehensive report is provided approximately one week after test completion. At that time, we will schedule a session to review the findings of the evaluation, relevant diagnosis, and recommendations.