PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING FAQ
WHAT RECORDS ARE NEEDED FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING?
To assist in accurate developmental history and making a proper diagnosis, we request that you bring prior records such as medical diagnosis, medical records/hospitalizations, report cards, standardized testing, previous evaluations, school IEP plans, and disciplinary records or incident reports.
WILL MY CHILD’S IQ BE TESTED?
Yes. IQ testing is included in our standard battery and assist us in identify a diagnosis, as well as develop appropriate treatment recommendations.
WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY CHILD BEFORE A PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING SESSION?
A general explanation is to explain to your child that, "The doctor will ask you questions, like at school, to help find out what know and how to help you."
It is important to note that many children undergo evaluations, and that this does not mean that there is "something wrong" with them. Instead psychological testing should be viewed as a way to learn more about your child to help them be more successful.
WHAT CAN MY CHILD EXPECT DURING PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING?
Sessions are conducted in a quiet, one-to-one setting, with a licensed psychologist. Children are usually comfortable after a few minutes, and tasks often are similar to school work.
Children will be offered several breaks to stretch, play games, and use the restroom. You may bring a snack or lunch for your child that they may enjoy during scheduled breaks.
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HOW LONG DOES TESTING TAKE?
Sessions typically are scheduled in two to four hours blocks, depending on age and attention span. There are generally four testing sessions; however, this will vary with the age and clinical needs.
WHEN WILL I GET THE RESULTS AND REPORT?
Once testing has been completed, we will need two weeks to score, interpret, and writeup the report. At that time, a feedback session will be scheduled. The report will be provided to you at the feedback session, where results and treatment recommendations will be reviewed in detail.
CAN I STAY WITH MY CHILD DURING TESTING?
Parents are not permitted to stay in the testing room because most children find it distracting, moreover it interferes with standardization of testing procedures.
MAY I LEAVE THE OFFICE WHILE MY CHILD IS BEING TESTED?
Parents are welcome to leave if the child is old enough to be comfortable independently. We ask parents to always provide a cell phone number before leaving and to arrive 10 minutes prior to the end of the session.