A psychological evaluation is a way to answer questions about:
Psychological testing is used to find your child’s strengths and weaknesses in these areas. The results can give parents, healthcare providers and therapists, and schools the information needed to be sure that everyone is doing is what is best for your child.
Evaluations are usually given by psychologists.
The request for an evaluation may come from the court, school, healthcare provider, or parents. Testing may be needed to:
The psychologist usually starts with an interview with your child that lasts at least an hour. The psychologist may also talk with parents and teachers, review medical records, and decide what tests are needed.
The psychologist will speak with your child. He or she will ask questions about:
Parents may be asked questions such as:
Your child's teacher may be asked about:
There are many kinds of psychological tests. These tests can help identify what the problem is, how severe it is, what it will mean for the child, and what can be done to help. Your child may have tests to:
After all interviews and tests are completed, you will receive a report that shows the results. The report will also give you, as well as your child’s school, healthcare provider, and therapist ideas for treatment options to help your child. Usually you will meet with the psychologist who will explain the results and answer questions.