The testing process is generally comprised of three stages:
- Intake Appointment: This initial meeting primarily involves you meeting with, or parents of children being tested meeting with the psychologist to review your or your child’s history and the current concerns. The background reviewed includes developmental, social, academic, and family history, daily behaviors at home, school, or work, previous evaluations or interventions and the outcomes of those interventions, and more. Often, you will be sent home with checklists for you to complete, as well as forms for teachers or family members to complete. These checklists gather standardized observations of attention, behavioral, and emotional functioning. If there is documentation relevant to your concerns (e.g., IEP, previous evaluation, adjust treatment documents, teacher email comments, or report cards), feel free to bring these to your first appointment.
- Testing Sessions: Testing usually takes place over a series of appointments. The length and number of test sessions are dependent on the psychologist’s schedule, and yours or your child’s age and attention span.
- Feedback Session: The final meeting takes place approximately two weeks after all tests have been administered and all checklists have been received by the psychologist. The primary purpose of this meeting is to review the test findings and conclusions with you or with parents of children being tested. The psychologist also shares strategies for intervention when areas of need are identified. For teens, it is often useful to have them join the feedback session to receive an “age appropriate” version of the results so they can begin to understand their own strengths and struggles. Including teens in feedback often increases receptivity to interventions or strategies recommended by the psychologist.
Preparing for the Day of Testing:
- Having basic physiological needs met is key to having optimal cognitive functions, so we strongly recommend that you or your child get a good night’s sleep the night before testing.
- Unless otherwise instructed by the psychologist or your physician, please take all medications as prescribed on the day of testing.
- Eat a healthy breakfast that is high in protein. Carbohydrates, especially those high in simple carbs and sugar, may give energy at first but are more likely to result in a mental “crash” as they wear off, so are not ideal on testing days. Feel free to bring a healthy snack and water bottle, as needed, to sustain energy during the test session.
- Parents are welcome to wait in our waiting room, complete with Wi-Fiaccess during test sessions.