Child / Adolescent Psychological Assessment


 

The Assessment Process

 

  1. Developmental Interview / Behavioral Survey

    1. Parents and/or Caretakers provide a history of their child’s prenatal development, birth, and progression through developmental milestones. This phase consists of interviews and completion of the following instruments/questionnaires:

                                            i.     Structured Developmental Questionnaire

                                          ii.     Behavioral Assessment System for Children Parent Questionnaire (BASC-2)

                                         iii.     Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning Parent Questionnaire (BRIEF)

 

  1. School Observation / Survey

    1. Observation of student in their school environment including the following settings:

                                            i.     A classroom or subject time that is problematic

                                          ii.     A classroom or subject time that is a strength

                                         iii.     Transition times

                                         iv.     Free time (lunch or recess)

    1. Teacher Surveys

                                            i.     Interviews with teachers and administration of the following instruments/questionnaires:

1.    Behavioral Assessment System for Children Teacher Questionnaire (BASC-2)

2.    Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning Teacher Questionnaire (BRIEF)

    1. Interviews with key school personnel including counselors and principals.

 

  1. Psychological Assessment

    1. Gross Neurological Functioning (Bender-Gestalt-2)

                                            i.     Screening of hand/eye coordination and fine motor ability

    1. Intellectual Functioning (WISC-IV / WAIS-IV)

                                            i.     Assessment of Verbal and Nonverbal Intelligence

    1. Cognitive Functioning (BASC-2, MMPI-A, Rorschach, RATC)

                                            i.     Perceptual accuracy

                                          ii.     Reality testing

                                         iii.     Ability to abstract

                                         iv.     Mental energy

                                           v.     Problem solving style

    1. Executive Functioning (BRIEF, TEC, IVA, D-KEFS)

                                            i.     Attention and Concentration

                                          ii.     Impulse Control

                                         iii.     Working Memory

                                         iv.     Processing Speed

                                           v.     Planning / organization

                                         vi.     Frustration Tolerance

    1. Academic Functioning (WIAT-III)

                                            i.     Word Reading

                                          ii.     Reading Comprehension

                                         iii.     Phonemic Awareness

                                         iv.     Numerical Operations

                                           v.     Mathematical Reasoning

                                         vi.     Spelling

                                        vii.     Written Expression

                                       viii.     Listening Comprehension

                                         ix.     Oral Expression

 

    1. Socioemotional Functioning (BASC-2, MMPI-A, Rorschach, RATC, Sentence Completion, and Projective Drawings)

                                            i.     Emotional Functioning

1.    Tolerance / regulation of emotion

2.    Depression

3.    Anxiety

                                          ii.     Self Concept

1.    Perception of abilities and value to others

2.    Assessment of competence relative to others

3.    View of adequacy

                                         iii.     Interpersonal Functioning

1.    Openness / trust

2.    Concept of relationships

3.    Interpersonal needs / quality of attachment

4.    Social skills / deficits

                                         iv.     Social Functioning

1.    Compliance with rules and norms

2.    Comfort with Authority

3.    Sense of conscience and empathy

 

  1. Feedback and Recommendations

    1. Meeting with the family for a review of key findings and recommendations.

 

  1. Psychological Report

    1. Parents are provided with a report that details the findings of the evaluation in language that is accessible to the lay person. Depending on the results of the exam, a section detailing interventions that can be implemented in the home and at school are provided. References to applicable websites, organizations, and reading materials are also provided. Statistical findings are provided as an addendum for use by qualified professionals who are involved in the child’s treatment.

 

    1. Where appropriate the family is provided with a letter that summarizes the relevant findings of the evaluation as they apply to their child’s schooling. Included in this document are applicable diagnoses and recommendations.