Comprehensive Assessments

The Child Development Academy is committed to helping youth thrive in the areas they enjoy and find tools to overcome their challenges.

Types of assessments (descriptions below):

Assessment Benefits

Knowledge

Identify an individuals’ learning profile, strengths, and needs, and help explain why an individual might be having academic, emotional, or behavioral difficulties.

Recommendations

Offer recommendations for identified difficulties and strengths within the home and/or school setting

Diagnosis

Diagnoses provide insight into the cluster of symptoms experienced, facilitate communication between professionals, and assure that an individual receives appropriate services

Special Education

Help determine whether a student meets criteria for special education and requires additional support at school through an IEP or a 504 plan

Areas of assessment

Common diagnoses

Common reasons for a referral

Evaluations typically include

Assessment Descriptions

Neuropsychological Assessments explore how the brain relates to learning and behaviors. They measure cognitive abilities, attention, processing speed, memory, visual-spatial/visual-motor abilities, sensorimotor functioning, language, and executive functioning (problem solving, planning, self-regulation, and productivity).They are considered the most comprehensive type of evaluation and typically include additional measures of psychological, social-emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning.

Psychological Assessments focus on providing diagnostic clarification and exploring an individual’s mood, personality, social-emotional functioning, behaviors, and cognitive abilities. They determine whether an individual meets criteria for a diagnosis in the DSM-V and offer treatment recommendations.

Psychoeducational Assessments identify students’ unique learning needs and strengths within an academic setting. Their primary purpose is to determine whether a student meets criteria for special education and requires additional support at school. They often include measures of cognitive, academic, neuropsychological, social-emotional, and behavioral functioning. (We also provide consultation services to parents and teachers to help families navigate the special education process and IEP meetings. Consultation can also involve working with teachers and school staff to identify how best to support your child).

Developmental Assessments explore whether children (toddler and preschool) are developing as expected in cognitive, language, motor, social, and adaptive functioning. When developmental delays are identified, early intervention services and treatments are recommended.

Giftedness Assessments explore whether a child/adolescent is suited for a more challenging, accelerated, or enriching academic curriculum. They usually include measures of cognitive ability (particularly reasoning, problem-solving, and verbal skills) and creativity, as well as an individual’s interest in learning content typically taught in a formal educational setting. They frequently are used to place students in “gifted” programs within schools.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessments identify whether a child is developmentally ready to attend kindergarten and determine whether he/she needs additional support in the classroom. They explore age-appropriate abilities, including adaptive functioning and cognitive, fine/gross motor, and language skills.

Autism Spectrum Assessments identify whether an individual meets criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and offer appropriate recommendations for services, treatments, and accommodations. They usually explore social communication skills, cognitive abilities, language skills, hypersensitivity, and rigid/narrow interests, and include a structured play-based assessment called the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS2).

Frequently asked questions

Length: The time it takes for an individual to complete testing is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of areas being tested and developmental level. However, testing usually takes place over two or three sessions that are each approximately two hours long. The assessment will also involve a structured interview to obtain a thorough understanding of your specific concern(s). When appropriate, other relevant individuals are interviewed, such as teachers, and observations are conducted. Once all the data has been collected, a face-to-face feedback session in scheduled within a week and a comprehensive report is provided within two weeks.

Insurance: We currently are not on any insurance panels and are considered out of network. However, we can provide an invoice (superbill) that you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.

Cost: The cost is dependent on the number of areas being tested.

Scheduling: Please send us an email to schedule a complimentary phone call to discuss your goals and determine whether an evaluation is appropriate.