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The Assessment Process: What to Expect

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Before making a decision about whether testing is right for you or your child and what types of testing are warranted, we will speak with you (on the phone or in person) to help clarify your questions and give you information to help guide your decision.

Initial Interview
Once you have decided to proceed with an assessment, an intake appointment will be set up during which parents  or individual adults come in for a 1 hour collaborative discussion about the goals of the assessment and presenting concerns. In addition, a comprehensive history will be gathered at this time. You will be given some forms and questionnaires to fill out before the first assessment appointment.

The Assessment
Depending on the extent of the assessment and the age of the individual being testing, the assessment will take place over one or two days, ensuring that the process is not too overwhelming or exhausting. Testing is taken at each individual's own pace and is aimed at making the experience feel comfortable, collaborative and supportive. Depending on the type of testing and age of the individual, activities may include: tasks that feel like typical "school work" such as math and reading tests, puzzles, "brainteaser" type tasks, memory games, imaginative play, drawing, story telling, and talking. Often children find the process to be more fun than expected and careful attention is given to making each child feel safe, supported and comfortable. For adolescents that aim also becomes to engage them in the process and make them feel a part of what is happening. In addition, many adolescents and adults find the tasks and learning about their cognition interesting and the process is meant to support ongoing interaction.

Feedback
Once testing is completed, a feedback session will be held with parents or the adult. For adolescents, the option for them to come in for their own feedback is available and often recommended to help them understand themselves and facilitate treatment planning. During the feedback session, the results of the evaluation are shared and discussed. It is meant to be a comfortable, back and forth discussion, where questions can be asked and answered, throughout the session.

The Report
Following feedback, an extremely comprehensive report will be given to the parents or the adult who was tested. The report includes a detailed history, explanation of the results and their implications, diagnostic clarification, clear explanations and detailed recommendations. The report is written in a way that is both useful and understandable to clinicians or other professionals who are working with the individual, as well as the individual and their families. Specific attention is paid to integrating the findings across domains (cognitive, academic and social/emotional) to create a detailed picture and clear understanding of the individual. The goal is to create a document that is useful, informative and specific.

Additional Services
After the assessment is complete, parents often choose to share the results with their child's school. We are available to attend school meetings to help explain the findings and to help in facilitating a clear understanding of each child's needs, in order for them to be a successful and happy learner.

We also offer school observations and program evaluations.