Psychological Evaluations

 

Psychological evaluations use standardized and norm referenced assessments (or tests) to help form diagnoses. Establishing the correct diagnosis helps to guide and inform treatment. Commonly assessed areas include personality, attention, emotion, behavior, intelligence, and academic skills. 

Common Assessment Areas & Tests

What might a psychological evaluation look like?

Psychological evaluations are individualized, so they vary. But, you can expect to work one-on-one with the psychologist. You’ll probably start by giving background information and explaining the problem. The assessments are chosen according to your needs. Common areas of assessment might include:

Attention
Having trouble focusing? Are you forgetful? Do you have difficulty organizing? These are just a few of the symptoms of an attention-deficit. The TOVA test measures your inattention, impulsivity, consistency, and speed. Several other assessments are available and regularly used as well.
Emotions
Feeling irritable? Sad, nervous, or upset? There are many types of assessments to help sort out and make sense of your emotions.
Behaviors
Is your child having behavior difficulties at home, in school, or in the community? Assessments can help sift through those behaviors to find any underlying disorders, which can better equip you to manage those behaviors.
Personality
Learn more about yourself or your child with a personality test. These tests help to describe your personality traits.

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