The Center for Psychological Wellness provides evaluation and assessment services to help individuals, families, schools, and other health care providers understand the factors contributing to an individual’s struggles at home, work, and/or school.
An evaluation may be recommended at the time of your initial office visit and aims to inform the best treatment planning options. When evaluating an individual’s current functioning, numerous areas of development are being assessed to determine if a diagnosis is appropriate. These areas of development may include a comprehensive investigation of the individual’s cognitive abilities, learning, memory, and social-emotional functioning. The evaluation process may take several hours to administer and can include the multi-rater/multi-environmental perspective of those closest to the patient being evaluated. Utilizing this approach helps to coordinate care with the individual, family, and/or other professionals involved in the resulting treatment plan.
One or more of the following evaluations may be suggested:
Diagnostic screening is used to determine if there is a level of dysfunction that would warrant a more comprehensive evaluation. These screenings can also provide diagnostic clarification and aid in the development of treatment goals.
Psychological evaluations assess social and emotional functioning when disruptions of affective or behavioral dysregulation are present. Psychological evaluations can determine whether the current symptoms or behaviors are the result of a chronic and persistent mental health issue or a response to an acute stressor.
Neuropsychological evaluations are used to measure a person’s areas of strengths and limitations and provide insight into the following:
- Intelligence / Cognitive Skills
- Academic Achievement
- Learning and Memory
- Perceptual/Spatial Skills
- Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
- Planning, Organization, and Judgment
- Motor Skills
Educational evaluations assess an individual’s learning style and the possible need for special education and related services. It’s the first step in developing an educational program that will help the individual learn. Our collaborative approach to the evaluation process emphasizes the need to work closely with students, parents, teachers, administrators, educational planning teams, and disabilities departments.
Autism Spectrum Evaluation
Autism spectrum evaluations, using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), allow for the accurate assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders from one year of age through adulthood. Developmental level, language skills, and age are all considered when administering this type of evaluation.