Psychological testing is a method of objective evaluation to help individuals better understand their current struggles and strengths and weaknesses. Psychological testing is one tool that can assist with diagnostic clarification, developing a tailored/individualized treatment plan, identifying supports that may be needed (i.e. IEPs at school, work accommodations, medications), and gaining a better understand of the individual. It also helps identify underlying issues that may be interfering with an individual’s ability to perform at their highest potential. In majority of cases, psychological symptoms are displayed through behavioral, work, and learning difficulties.
For example: if a child is “acting out” at school or performing poorly there may be several reasons such as having a learning disability and not being able to understand content, being bored due to not being challenged enough, emotional difficulties surrounding stressors at home creating difficulties focusing, or not being taught in a method that allows the student to understand material,
Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder is a specialized and comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s developmental level and social abilities. It can be scary to consider if this diagnosis may apply to you or your child, but we are here to help support you on this journey and to better understand the struggles occurring and services available to better manage these difficulties. Individuals who are referred for this type of testing typically have been struggling with engaging socially and being accepted by others in a social setting. They often struggle to communicate well with others and find it difficult to make and keep friends. They also may fixate on a single topic, insist on strict adherence to routines and schedules, and engage in odd repetitive behaviors (i.e., rocking, hand flapping). The Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluation involves three to four sessions, a session involving a clinical interview and comprehensive review of history, a session or two involving the administration of objective assessments, and a final session of feedback of the results and individualized recommendations for the next steps. Through this process, an accurate diagnosis can be obtained, which can help individuals and families obtain appropriate services to better manage their individual needs.