What are adult evaluations aka psychological assessment?
Psychological Assessment refers to the battery of tests administered to evaluate your intellectual, learning, emotional and/or behavioral functioning. The test battery varies depending upon the referral question(s), and can include a structured interview, assessment of intellectual capability, learning/processing measures, measures of attention and memory, academic achievement measures, projective measures, self-report surveys, parent and third party checklists, and possibly in vivo observations. Testing sessions are typically scheduled during the morning when most people function at their best. One or two testing sessions may be scheduled, depending on the number of tests/measures being given. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding specific names of tests that will be administered during testing.
What should I remember about the appointment?
Preparing for testing will minimize anxiety and stress. Before the day of testing, it is helpful to remind yourself what the day will be like. Try to avoid calling it “testing,” as this word itself can often make people unnecessarily anxious. Remember that is the tasks are completed on your own or with the psychologist. Remember that people learn in different ways and that the tasks will help you understand how you learn best. The day will include a variety of questions, puzzles, drawings, and stories as well as some school-like tasks like reading and math. While you will be challenged, you will probably have fun with some of the tasks. On the day of the assessment, make sure you are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast. Feel free to bring along any healthy snacks. Depending on the length of the testing, you may be given a break for lunch. There are several nearby restaurants. Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time to become familiar with the psychologist and to get settled before starting. To avoid fatigue, breaks will be taken during the tasks to allow you to use the restroom and have a drink or snack.
What happens after the testing?
Approximately two weeks after the testing, you will return to the office for a follow-up session to discuss your results and recommendations specific to you. The follow-up appointment generally takes between 45 and 90 minutes. At the follow-up appointment, the psychologist will review the testing results, discuss recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. You will be provided with a written report during the follow-up session or within one week of the appointment. The report provides a written record of the testing that was completed, along with some specific recommendations to help you towards achieving your goals. You may be asked to sign a release so that the report can be sent directly to specific professionals working with you.