Mind Works provides psychological evaluations for individuals ages 5 to adult. Psychological evaluations assess difficulties in the behavioral, emotional and social realms of a child’s life. These evaluations are essential opportunities to examine your child’s strengths and weaknesses — and, more specifically, to gather the information required to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your child.
If a child is having problems at work or school, or in personal relationships, tests can help a psychologist understand whether he or she might have issues with anger management or interpersonal skills, or certain personality traits that contribute to the problem. Other tests evaluate whether clients are experiencing emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression. The underlying cause of a person’s problems is not always clear. For example, if a child is having trouble in school, does he or she have a reading problem such as dyslexia? An attention problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Difficulty with impulse control? Psychological tests and assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of the problem, and to figure out the best way to go about addressing it.
Psychological tests are not one-size-fits-all. Psychologists pick and choose a specific set of assessments and tests for each individual client. We begin by interviewing the child and her parents or guardians, as well as gathering information from a variety of other sources including teachers, previous therapists and pediatricians. We also use gold-standard diagnostic measures to better assess the symptoms and concerns.
Although your child may have been evaluated in the past it is our recommendation the evaluation be updated to determine treatment recommendations. Our clinicians need to meet with you and your child directly and make their own assessment. An accurate and thorough diagnostic evaluation is the key to recommending the most effective treatment.
A psychological evaluation typically takes between two and three hours to complete. However, the length of an evaluation varies from person to person. Our clinicians also spend time outside of the evaluation appointment reviewing clinical questionnaires, previous medical records, school records and important documents.
Psychological tests are not one-size-fits-all. Psychologists pick and choose a specific set of assessments and tests for each individual client. And not just anyone can perform a psychological evaluation. Licensed clinical psychologists are expertly trained to administer assessments and tests and interpret the results.
After the evaluation and feedback are complete, we stay in touch with families to help them implement our recommendations. We also work closely with a dedicated group of anxiety specialists, behavioral therapists, and a pediatrician who are on-site and available to provide additional services and treatment as needed.