The decision for a psychological evaluated can be difficult since you may be unsure of its benefits. You or your child’s unique needs, strengths, and challenges will be assessed through a variety of testing techniques.
What is a Psychological Evaluation?
A psychological evaluation is a set of assessment procedures administered by a licensed psychologist to obtain information about one's learning, behavior, or mental health. Evaluations can be conducted to identify significant mental health concerns, determine your readiness for a surgical procedure, help develop instructional or behavior plans for you or your child, or determine eligibility for gifted programs, school readiness, or special education.
What are the benefits of a Psychological Evaluation?
An evaluation offers many benefits for home and school. The purpose of an evaluation is to determine what is happening in the individual’s psychological life that may be preventing their ability to behave or learn in an appropriate and constructive manner. An evaluation can also make sense of a problem, clarify diagnoses, provide strategies to help you or your child function better at school, and make recommendations for community-based treatment. The evaluation will provide insight that can help the parent, therapist, school, or physician make the child or adolescent’s emotional, educational, and personal life more healthy, satisfying, and successful.
What Areas of Psychological Testing are Available?
Below you will find a list of types of psychological and educational testing. This list is not exhaustive and is to be used as a guide to reflect selected areas of need psychological and educational testing can identify.• Pre-Surgical Bariatric Psychological Screenings
• Attention Disorders such as ADHD
• Depression & Bipolar Disorders
• Anxiety Disorders
• Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome
• Developmental Delays
• Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses
• Early Entrance/Readiness for Kindergarten
• Entrance into Gifted and Academically Talented Programs
• Updated Testing for College Entrance and Accommodations
• Academic skills (reading fluency, reading comprehension, mathematics, problem solving, and writing), and processing skills.
How Long Does a Psychological Evaluation Take?
Each evaluation battery is specifically tailored to you or your child’s individual needs. The length of an evaluation depends on abilities, referral concern(s), and specific response style. Most evaluations can be completed in one day or across multiple days. Psychological testing can be done in English or in Spanish.
In addition, Dr. Wurglitz offers Neuropsychological Evaluations.
What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s cognitive, sensory-motor functions, behavioral, language, and visual-spatial skills. It is an interactive assessment that uses standardized procedures to understand the process of how and why an individual behaves, struggles, or fails. The data obtained from the evaluation can provide information leading to diagnosis of cognitive deficit, confirmation of a diagnosis, or guide effective treatment methods for rehabilitation of brain impaired patients.
When Would I Need a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Individuals who suffer from head injury, learning or attention deficits, exposure to drugs, alcohol, or maternal illness in utero, exposure to chemicals, toxins, or heavy metals, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders, strokes, and dementia will benefit from a neuropsychological evaluation. As well as when there are complaints of problems with language or visual-spatial skills and those who suffer from psychiatric problems or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.