ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia,
Should I have my child tested?
Testing is helpful in:
- Screening for and identifying learning difficulties
- Determining a child’s overall cognitive and aptitude levels
- Establishing a child’s specific learning style so that instruction can be individualized
- Identifying a child’s emotional functioning and its impact on schooling
- Determining a psychological diagnosis
- Establishing present levels of performance so that you can measure progress
- Objectively evaluating a child against stated criteria
- Guiding parenting practices
What types of tests are there?
IQ testing – This testing measures a student’s intellectual abilities and shows how a child solves problems, processes information (visual, auditory, etc.), memory, and speed of processing information (i.e. some kids are very bright but take longer to process and they end up feeling less smart than their peers, which is not true).
Educational testing – This testing compares a student’s academic functioning with other children their same age. Testing can focus on reading, writing, math, and language processing (i.e. phonemic processing). Several areas within each major area are assessed.
Emotional/behavioral testing – Students, parents, and teachers complete rating forms to assess how a child's emotions and behaviors compare to children his/her same-age. This aids in accurate diagnosis as I try to not over-diagnose but also to not under diagnose as it prevents early intervention and treatment.
Executive Functioning testing – This testing assesses one's "Secretary of the Brain", which is one's ability to focus, inhibit, organize, plan, manage time, complete tasks, and control emotions. Children can be very bright but struggle to adequately manage these things, resulting in their performance not matching their potential.
Adaptive testing – This testing looks at a person's daily living skills and abilities to effectively communicate and socialize with others.
How do I schedule testing?