ADHD Evaluations: Comprehensive assessment of executive functioning, behavioral functioning and social communication as it relates to a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

These evaluations may be completed for adults or children and examine thinking components as well as the behavioral and emotional challenges that often occur when an individual has ADHD. Executive functioning is a term used to describe many thinking components such as attention, focus, memory, planning and inhibiting behavior when necessary. Individuals with ADHD may have trouble organizing their thoughts, challenges maintaining conversation topics or difficulty  tracking conversations.

Autism Evaluations: Comprehensive assessment of the hallmark features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD is characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction skills evident throughout development as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. These evaluations may be completed for adults or children and are aimed to gather information regarding these key areas through a multidisciplinary team approach including psychology,  speech-language pathology and occupational therapy. Results aim to provide a formal diagnosis to help inform treatment targets and treatment strategies, as well as educational planning. A formal diagnosis is often required by insurance companies to initiate services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Developmental Evaluations: Comprehensive assessment of a child’s current developmental skills as compared to expected developmental milestones.

A multi-disciplinary team including psychology,  speech-language pathology and occupational therapy complete assessments of motor, language, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, self care and adaptive functioning,. Evaluations help to provide information for establishing a diagnosis of developmental delay, and support educational and treatment planning.

Intellectual Evaluations: Comprehensive assessment of an individual’s intellectual functioning.

These evaluations may be completed for adults or children and are designed to obtain information on several factors of intelligence including factual knowledge, short-term memory, abstract reasoning, visual-spatial abilities and common sense. The results are used as part of the determination of the “Gifted” label or can identify intellectual disability.

Neuropsychological Evaluations: A comprehensive assessment of cognitive and behavioral functioning, using a set of standardized tests and procedures.

These evaluations are designed to evaluate functioning in a number of areas including: intelligence, executive functions (e.g., planning, abstraction, conceptualization), attention, memory, language, perception, sensorimotor function, motivation, mood state and emotion, quality of life, and personality styles.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluations: Comprehensive process to determine optimal systems for individuals with limited or no verbal communication.

Initially, a speech language pathologist will assess receptive language, expressive language and speech-sound production.  Based on the results, multimodal strategies such as eye contact, gestures, vocalizations, words, speech-generating devices, pictures symbols, and access methods will be trialed and evaluated  by a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist. These evaluations can span a single or multiple appointments to determine the most appropriate system. The AAC evaluation ends with specific written recommendations for  language systems, devices, environmental modifications and access methods. At times, this includes a device request through insurance.

Kindergarten Readiness Evaluations: A structured assessment that can be provided to a school system as part of the process to determine eligibility for early entry to kindergarten

Area of assessment include verbal skills, nonverbal skills, processing speed, reading and math skills. A Kindergarten Readiness Evaluation can provide helpful information if your child seems ready emotionally, socially, and behaviorally, and has demonstrated above average academic abilities to begin Kindergarten.

Pre-Adoption Evaluations: Parents who seek to adopt a child are often required to complete a psychological evaluation.

The exact process involved in the adoption evaluation is determined by the requirements of the agency. Generally, these evaluations provide an assessment of the psychosocial functioning, parental readiness, and marital stability of potential adoptive parents. Evaluations may include an objective (i.e., paper and pencil) personality measure to supplement self-report (i.e., interview) data.

Psychological Evaluations: A structured assessment of social-emotional functioning, including cognitive abilities and emotional experiences.

These evaluations can also identify the need for therapy, highlight issues that may surface in treatment, recommend particular forms of intervention, and offer guidance about potential outcomes of treatment. In addition, evaluations offer insights into the severity of a particular disturbance and the capacity for adequate functioning.