Comprehensive Assessments

Evaluating a child’s overall psychological functioning may take multiple sessions to ensure the appropriate and accurate diagnosis is given. Diagnoses will only be given when clinically appropriate.

 

Families can expect for the assessment process to take between 3 and 5 appointments (45 minutes each).

 

Considering an evaluation is a complex decision for families. If you are unsure of whether or not your child needs an evaluation, you can discuss this at your initial parent interview with the provider. At this time, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns with a clinician who will work with you to determine whether an assessment is right for you and your child.

 

Referrals for comprehensive evaluations are typically sought to help answer questions regarding the following concerns:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders (conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder)

  • Learning Disorders

  • Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders

  • Developmental Delays

  • Mood Disorders (anxiety, depression)

  • Social Skills Deficits

 

Assessments help to provide information on school related concerns including: Learning Disabilities, Language Functioning, Adaptive Skills, IEP Development and Support, Testing Accommodations, Motivational Functioning, Giftedness, and School Readiness

 

Below is a breakdown of what the evaluation entails.

 

Step 1  – Approximate Time: 1 hour

This first meeting is a very important step in the evaluation process. The evaluator will meet with the child’s parent(s) or guardians to obtain information about the child’s school, medical, and developmental history, and learn about any social, emotional, or behavioral concerns. This will provide a better understanding of the nature of the concerns and assist the evaluator in deciding which tests should be administered.

 

 
 
Step 2 – Approximate Time: 2-4 hours

During the evaluation sessions, your child may be scheduled for several successive appointments over several days or weeks. During the evaluation process many areas will be measured depending on the referral reason, information gathered in the parent interview and the age of the child. Below are the different areas that may be measured and time frame needed:

Intellectual Testing: 1-2 hours

  • Academic Achievement: 1-2 hours

  • Psychological and Emotional Testing – Screener: 1 hour

  • Questionnaires and Behavior Rating Scales: 1 hour

  • Tests of Adaptive Behavior: .5 hour

  • Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (if appropriate): 1-2 hours

  • Direct Observations (in clinic): 1-3 hours

  • Direct Observations (home and school)- **additional fees apply (IF NEEDED): 1-3 hours

 

 
 
Step 3 – Approximate Time: 3-5 hours

Upon completion of the testing, therapists focus on interpreting the results and explaining them in a manner that is easy to comprehend for families. The questionnaires and tests are scored, analyzed and interpreted. Medical, psychological and school records are also reviewed. Findings from the testing, observations, and information gathered are all considered when the overall interpretations and conclusions are made. It is our goal to provide practical and proven recommendations to help your family through this process. A written report is provided and will serve as a guide for treatment development across a variety of settings (i.e., home, school, community).

 

 
 
Step 4 – Approximate Time: 1 hour

An appointment will be made to review the results of the testing. Feedback generally occurs within 2-4 weeks after the testing has been completed. This time frame allows the clinician to interpret the data and write a detailed report. During the feedback meeting, the written report is presented and reviewed with the family. The child’s strengths and weaknesses are discussed, and intervention/treatment recommendations are provided to serve as a guide to help the child succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. The parent will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a clear understanding of the findings from the assessment.

 

We look forward to working with your family and are grateful you chose Will’s Way to assist you in this process. Please contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about this process.

Evaluating a child’s overall psychological functioning may take multiple sessions to ensure the appropriate and accurate diagnosis is given. Diagnoses will only be given when clinically appropriate.

 

Families can expect for the assessment process to take between 3 and 5 appointments (45 minutes each).

 

Considering an evaluation is a complex decision for families. If you are unsure of whether or not your child needs an evaluation, you can discuss this at your initial parent interview with the provider. At this time, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns with a clinician who will work with you to determine whether an assessment is right for you and your child.

 

Referrals for comprehensive evaluations are typically sought to help answer questions regarding the following concerns:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders (conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder)

  • Learning Disorders

  • Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders

  • Developmental Delays

  • Mood Disorders (anxiety, depression)

  • Social Skills Deficits

 

Assessments help to provide information on school related concerns including: Learning Disabilities, Language Functioning, Adaptive Skills, IEP Development and Support, Testing Accommodations, Motivational Functioning, Giftedness, and School Readiness

 

Below is a breakdown of what the evaluation entails.

 

Step 1  – Approximate Time: 1 hour

This first meeting is a very important step in the evaluation process. The evaluator will meet with the child’s parent(s) or guardians to obtain information about the child’s school, medical, and developmental history, and learn about any social, emotional, or behavioral concerns. This will provide a better understanding of the nature of the concerns and assist the evaluator in deciding which tests should be administered.

 

 
 
Step 2 – Approximate Time: 2-4 hours

During the evaluation sessions, your child may be scheduled for several successive appointments over several days or weeks. During the evaluation process many areas will be measured depending on the referral reason, information gathered in the parent interview and the age of the child. Below are the different areas that may be measured and time frame needed:

Intellectual Testing: 1-2 hours

  • Academic Achievement: 1-2 hours

  • Psychological and Emotional Testing – Screener: 1 hour

  • Questionnaires and Behavior Rating Scales: 1 hour

  • Tests of Adaptive Behavior: .5 hour

  • Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (if appropriate): 1-2 hours

  • Direct Observations (in clinic): 1-3 hours

  • Direct Observations (home and school)- **additional fees apply (IF NEEDED): 1-3 hours

 

 
 
Step 3 – Approximate Time: 3-5 hours

Upon completion of the testing, therapists focus on interpreting the results and explaining them in a manner that is easy to comprehend for families. The questionnaires and tests are scored, analyzed and interpreted. Medical, psychological and school records are also reviewed. Findings from the testing, observations, and information gathered are all considered when the overall interpretations and conclusions are made. It is our goal to provide practical and proven recommendations to help your family through this process. A written report is provided and will serve as a guide for treatment development across a variety of settings (i.e., home, school, community).

 

 
 
Step 4 – Approximate Time: 1 hour

An appointment will be made to review the results of the testing. Feedback generally occurs within 2-4 weeks after the testing has been completed. This time frame allows the clinician to interpret the data and write a detailed report. During the feedback meeting, the written report is presented and reviewed with the family. The child’s strengths and weaknesses are discussed, and intervention/treatment recommendations are provided to serve as a guide to help the child succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. The parent will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a clear understanding of the findings from the assessment.