Are you concerned about how your child is performing in school?
Our Licensed Educational Psychologists will listen to your concerns and work with you to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your child's unique learning strengths and weaknesses, as well as recommendations to address any areas of concern. Psycho-educational evaluations may include a parent interview, a teacher interview, cognitive testing, achievement testing, rating scales assessing social/emotional/behavioral functioning, review of records, developmental history, and observations in a school setting. At the end of the evaluation, a Licensed Educational Psychologist will provide and discuss a comprehensive report with you and answer any questions you may have.
Specific areas that may be assessed include the following:
- Autistic Disorders
- Cognitive testing (IQ) for GATE identification
- Executive Functioning
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Social and Emotional Difficulties
- Specific Learning Disabilities
What is Cognitive testing?
Cognitive testing engages a child in activities to gain a broad sampling of his or her thinking abilities. Intelligence is much more than what can be assessed and documented through intelligence tests only. While a person might score poorly on an intelligence test, he/she may be competent in many other skills. That said, it is known that people who score well on intelligence tests tend to perform well in school settings. This correlation is one of the reasons why intelligence testing is so popular. IQ testing can also help identify gifted children and their areas of strength.
At Baby Steps Therapy, we offer a wide range of intelligence testing assessment tools for preschool through college-age students. Cognitive assessments may include administration of traditional standardized IQ tests, standardized nonverbal tests, or alternative tests, when appropriate.
What is Academic Achievement testing?
While you probably already receive information about how your child is performing in school relative to his/her classmates, academic testing using standardized measures can provide valuable information about your child’s current academic functioning levels. In addition to providing a broader view about how your child is performing relative to other students on a national level, it can be used to pinpoint academic strengths and weaknesses that can be utilized for targeting interventions.
Academic assessments may include comprehensive academic batteries that assess a child’s reading levels (decoding, fluency, and comprehension), math skills (calculation and reasoning), written language (spelling, grammar, and written expression) and oral language (oral expression and listening comprehension).
How are Social, Emotional, and Behavioral concerns tested?
Our Licensed Educational Psychologists are also trained to observe children in a variety of settings to examine behavior in the context of that environment and understand how typical peers behave within that context. In addition, if social, emotional, or behavioral concerns are present, you will likely be asked to complete standardized rating scales, along with your child's teacher, and your child's self-report on rating scales, to provide valuable information about possible internalizing (e.g., anxiety, depression) and externalizing (e.g., hyperactivity, aggression) disorders.