We provide assessment and testing to children, adolescents and adults. The following is a list of common reasons for assessment or testing:
Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD)
Accurate diagnosis is often difficult in individuals with ADHD as many ADHD symptoms overlap with issues such as giftedness, learning disabilities, mood disorders, anxiety, and Asperger's Syndrome. We provide comprehensive assessments that make use of many information sources to best understand the whole person. Our assessments may include testing (e.g. cognitive, intellectual, academic, and/or emotional), school observations, parent, teacher, and self-report checklists, developmental histories, and interviews with clients, parents, or significant others. We also provide supplementary testing for people who are being assessed for ADHD by other professionals.
We are especially interested in working with gifted individuals of all ages who may also have learning disabilities/differences, or attention deficit disorders. We often find that intellectual giftedness masks learning or attentional issues resulting in misperceptions about capabilities, and failure to receive services to challenge giftedness or help compensate for disabilities.
We provide assessment and testing for individuals of all ages who may have superior or gifted intellectual/academic abilities, including the highly or profoundly gifted. We administer intellectual ability (IQ) tests to children ages 3 and older. Our assessments provide specific test result information but also include information about factors impacting the accuracy of test results, an individual's approach or style during the testing, detailed written reports and recommendations, and we make verbal feedback available within a few days of testing. We make sure people understand the tests, test results, and recommendations. We are able to administer the Wechsler (WPPSI 3, WISC 3, WISC 4, WAIS 3), and Stanford-Binet intellectual ability tests (S-B 4, S-B 5 and S-B L-M), as well as individual academic achievement tests that can measure advanced academic abilities. Selection of appropriate tests is made on an individual basis.
Learning Disabilities/Learning Style Differences
We provide assessment and testing for individuals of all ages to help identify, clarify, and document learning disabilities, learning differences, or learning style issues. Identifying learning disabilities helps people qualify for and receive additional services (e.g. IEPs, extra time on tests, tutoring, speech
and language or occupational therapy services) and provides a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses, ways individuals learn best, and appropriate interventions or accommodations. We provide evaluations for high school and college/graduate students needing documentation for disability accommodations (e.g. extended time on standardized tests) as well as children and adults experiencing difficulties in their current learning or work environments.
Testing and assessment information is very helpful to parents and schools when making decisions about grade acceleration, grade retention, early or delayed admission to Kindergarten, and appropriate grade placement for summer or fall birthday children. We assess each child's intellectual, social and emotional readiness for Kindergarten, or grade advancement and consider standardized testing along with maturational competence.