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A Guide to Assessment for Children

A Parent's Guide to Psychological Assessment at PCC

by Dr. Carrie Carrie_Davidson.JPGDavidson

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Psychological assessment can be intimidating for many parents because they are unfamiliar with the process and fearful of the unknown.

PCC provides psychological assessments for many reasons:

  • Trouble focusing or paying attention (ADHD assessment)
  • Struggling in school and the parents are unsure if it is a learning issue (educational assessment)
  • Isolating, appearing depressed, crying frequently, and failing school (psychological or emotional assessment)
  • Unable to meet basic developmental skills, struggling with speech, and seems unaware of the feelings and emotions of others (Autism or developmental assessment)

The scenarios could go on and on, but they all have one thing in common – A child that is having a difficult time and a parent looking for answers to help.

We always start with an initial appointment (intake) with you, the parents. This initial appointment allows us to partner with you, the expert on your child, to devise the best assessment possible.  This time allows you to share all of your concerns, answer all of our questions, and to come up with a goal of what you are hoping to achieve through the assessment.  This is also a time where we will explain the testing process, what to expect at the testing appointments, answer all of your questions, and have you complete all of the testing paperwork. At the end of the initial appointment you will know approximately how long the testing appointments will last, how to prepare your child for the appointment, what to bring to the appointment, a scheduled appointment for the first testing appointment, and what measures we will likely be administering.

Below are some common measures we are likely to give with different assessments:

  • ADHD Assessment
  • Conners 3 rating scale (parent and teacher report)
  • Educational questionnaire (teacher)
  • Conners’ Continuous Performance Test II
  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Functioning System (selective subtests)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition
  • Beck Youth Inventories Second Edition (child self-report)
  • Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement – Third Edition
  • Autism Assessment
  • Adaptive Behavior Assessment System – Second Edition (parent and teacher report)
  • Social Communication Questionnaire (parent report)
  • Social Responsiveness Scale (parent report)
  • Differential Abilities Scale – Second Edition
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children – Second Edition (parent and teacher report)
  • Play observation (depending on child’s age)
  • Autism specific intake addendum (parent report)
  • Psychological or Emotional Assessment
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children – Second Edition (parent and teacher report)
  • Millon Adolescent Personality Inventory
  • Millon Pre-adolescent Clinical Inventory
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – Adolescent
  • Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence
  • Thematic Apperception Test
  • Rorschach Test

Testing may be completed during one appointment (minimum of 4 to 5 hours) or over the course of several appointments. The length and number of appointments depend on the age of the child, the type of assessment, and the availability of the clinician and the child.

A feedback appointment is scheduled for approximately three weeks after the last testing appointment. At this appointment we will go over the assessment in detail and you will be provided 3 copies of the report with detailed recommendations and referrals.  

We hope to make this process as easy and comfortable as possible. We want to answer all of your questions and come along side you to help you in meeting the needs of your child.  We welcome questions at all phases of the process and are happy to speak with you at length if you think a psychological assessment may be helpful to you and your child.

Important Appointment Information

  • We prefer to schedule young children in 2 to 3 two hours sessions preferably in the morning.
  • We do have some Saturday availability as well as afternoon and evening availability but we find that most children do best in the morning.
  • We typically ask parents to wait in the waiting areas, but in some assessments (autism), we may ask you to be a part of one or more measures.
  • We give frequent breaks and encourage children to bring snacks and water.
  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 214.526.4525.