Psychological testing sometimes becomes necessary for a breadth of issues and clients; this can ranger from the need to accurately diagnose issues such as learning disabilities, ADHD, eligibility for a family medical leave of absence/ short-term disability based on mental illness, or providing expert testing in areas of spousal abuse, parental capacity for child custody or immigration.
For some children learning may be difficult, and they may experience difficulties in learning in a “typical” manner. For children as young as 6-years, early academic success is critical in predicting future successes in social, emotional and intellectual functioning. Comprehensive assessment to tap into your child’s general intellectual ability can help you discover their learning deficits and general, challenges at school with reading, difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, numbers, and learning how to manipulate numbers and writing, or their intellectual giftedness. It can also help parents recognize how learning challenges might be affected by attention problems such as hyperactivity and impulsivity. Obtaining an assessment of their cognitive functioning can provide parents with useful information about their child’s overall development and psychological well-being.
It can also help elucidate areas of strength and weakness, as well as difficulties with mood or personality style that may be impacting your life. Testing can help guide the course of therapy as well, as it offers an in depth look into your child's functioning across a variety of domains. At CARE Family Consultation, we offer the following types of testing:
Standardized Examination Accommodations Testing
Mood disorder testing
Neuropsychological assessment in children between the ages of 3 and 16 years of age can reveal useful aspects of cognitive development helpful to their school and social life. Neuropsychological assessment taps into cognitive functions that are not typically covered by general ability or achievement batteries. There is a range of cognitive functions that assist in your child’s progress; they range from capacities such as sustained attention, self-regulation, planning, learning and memory, to recognize accurately emotions in others. Individuals with such learning disabilities can face challenges pervasive throughout the lifespan. Understanding the type, nature of the disability, and implementing interventions for your child early on helps parents give their child a head start. Such knowledge can also help prep parents to work better with your child’s teachers and schools to create plans together to foster future success of your child.
VISUAL-MOTOR INTEGRATION ASSESSMENT
Assists parents in identifying their child’s difficulties in the area of visual-motor, fine motor skills , and hand-eye coordination. It can help teachers and parents test the learning level and monitor the progress of their child.
ATTENTION DEFICIT ASSESSMENT
Is your child: easily distracted?; too high on energy to focus on homework?: exhibits incessant talking?; makes careless mistakes?; or, is disorganized? Attention and concentration problems in children and teenagers can occur for a variety of reasons and are often misdiagnosed as ADHD. Without testing, some of the best psychologists in Chicago may risk misdiagnosing depression or anxiety as attention-deficit disorder. At first, we offer our clients a screening of both depression and anxiety to rule out mood influences on inattentive behaviors. Following this, we conduct a series of tests to determine the presence of hyperactivity and inactivity and the extent to which they might be due to attention-deficit disorder. When these assessments confirm a diagnosis of ADHD, then an ADHD-specific treatment plan is charted out and intervention can proceed.
ADHD AND ACCOMMODATIONS TESTING
As tests such as the SAT and ACT become more difficult, most students and their families do not realize they need to be diagnosed through testing from a psychologist to document their disability that may be substantially limiting their daily functioning and their ability to take the test. Such accommodations can range from a quiet room, more breaks, and so forth. Seeking such accommodations on entrance exams can be challenging for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. We will conduct appropriate tests for attention-deficit disorder, learning disorder evaluations, depression and anxiety screening, intellectual disability assessment to provide a diagnosis, and recommend accommodations for you.
HOGAN PERSONALITY TESTING
We also utilize well-established assessment practices and have brought coaching service to organizations and executive talent development. Whether you are implementing an organizational assessment, developing your executives, identifying rising stars for future succession needs, or hiring new talent, we identify the fundamental factors that distinguish personalities and determine success.
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