Types of Assessments
- CRG’s Career Assessment is designed to assess personality factors, vocational interests, and individual values to assist with college selection, choice of major, and/or employment decisions.
- A Developmental Assessment is designed to assess a child’s overall development and to provide recommendations for further intervention.
- An Educational Evaluation is conducted to address specific educational concerns and school placement decisions.
- The Psychiatric Evaluation is conducted to thoroughly assess and accurately diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.
- CRG’s Psycho-Educational Evaluation is conducted to determine a child’s overall abilities and academic achievement. Additionally, it assesses other factors that impact learning, including attention and social/emotional adjustment.
- The Psychological and Personality Assessment is designed to assess emotional, behavioral, or personality issues to assist with diagnosis and therapeutic interventions.
- A Speech and Language Evaluation is conducted to assess a variety of speech and language difficulties and to determine appropriate interventions.
- CRG assists healthcare providers in the community with ADHD evaluations and/or medication management decisions by providing the Quotient® ADHD test and follow-up information regarding patients who are referred here.
CRG Specializes in Assessing and Treating:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (including ADD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD) and Asperger’s Disorder
- Developmental Disabilities
- Emotional/Behavioral Concerns
- Intellectual Giftedness
- Learning Disorders, including dyslexia, non-verbal learning disabilities, and dysgraphia
- Mood and Bipolar Disorders
- Speech/Language Disorders, including auditory processing
Why do an Assessment?
Most parents worry about their children from time to time. The cause of their worries may pass, or they may continue to create concerns over time. When worries persist, parents often seek a better understanding of their child’s situation to determine how to help him or her. Adults themselves may worry about problematic situations in their own lives, too. These situations can be new or long-standing. Left untreated, they can give rise to heightened stress, diminished self-esteem, lack of success in college or the workplace, chronic disorganization, and/or relationship problems.
At CRG, our highly trained and experienced professionals use a comprehensive approach to assessment to ensure you can fully understand your child’s situation. An assessment is conducted to identify your child’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses, determine the cause of difficulties, and document his or her needs. It also helps those involved in your child’s care to develop a personalized, data-based plan of action. Our assessment process has four steps:
1) Initial Visit
2) Testing Appointment
3) Follow-Up Appointment
4) Written Report
An evaluation starts with an initial appointment with a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or speech/language pathologist. The first appointment typically lasts 90 minutes. If the client is a child, the clinician spends time with the parent(s) and child together, then with the parent(s) and child individually to gather as much detailed information as possible. The clinician also reviews any records you provide such as:
- Grade reports
- Results of previous testing
- Teacher reports
At the end of the appointment, a referral is made to the most appropriate CRG professional who can conduct the type of evaluation your child needs.
The testing is generally done on another day. The tests used are determined by the supervising psychologist and administered by one of our school psychologists and/or the speech/language pathologist. Testing generally requires about four hours. Appointments are scheduled in the morning and usually last until lunchtime. If additional time is needed, testing will continue after lunch or will be completed on another occasion. Breaks are taken during the testing session and snacks are provided.
The test battery helps our assessment professionals gain objective and observational data about your child in order to answer the presenting questions. Generally, the test battery includes:
- An intelligence test
- Academic achievement tests
- A computerized test of attention
- Parent rating scales
- Self-report checklists completed by the child or adolescent
The results of the tests administered are then reviewed by the psychologist and school psychologist in order to determine the nature of your child’s difficulties and to determine appropriate interventions.
A third appointment is scheduled to meet with you and your child, if appropriate, in order to review the results of the evaluation. At that time, you will be provided with further information regarding the nature of any relevant diagnoses. The clinician who has supervised the assessment also discusses an individualized action plan for recommended next steps.
In addition to the follow-up session, the results of the evaluation and individualized recommendations are summarized in a comprehensive written report. The report contains a review of the concerns and relevant background information about your child. All administered tests are described and the results are presented and explained. Relevant observations of your child’s test-taking behaviors are described to enrich the quantitative data with qualitative information. All of this information is integrated into a diagnostic summary. The report concludes with personalized recommendations for treatment, which may include:
- Academic or work accommodations
- Suggestions for therapy
- Medication considerations
- A reading list for self-awareness
You will receive a copy of this report and may elect to have copies sent to your child’s primary care physician and other professionals involved in his or her care.