By Lauren Pasqua, PsyD
Have you been feeling concerned about your child’s development or learning? Do teachers complain about your child’s lack of focus, disorganization, or impulsive behavior? Maybe no matter what you do, your child just cannot keep up in reading, writing, or math. Perhaps you are frustrated at the constant calls and emails about your child’s grades or behavior. You are at a loss and don’t know what to do next.
Does your child seem bored by school? Perhaps your child complains that the work is too easy or they “already know it.” Or maybe, your child is having trouble making friends with their peers and seems far more mature or advanced.
Are you having problems with your life, work, relationships, or parenting? Perhaps you have struggled for years to make friends, get a date, or keep a job. Have you always felt “different” and not known why?
Have you always wondered why you just can’t seem to “get it together?” Has organization been your top resolution every year? Maybe you are the type that has a stack of unopened planners or lost lists. Or perhaps, you have a long list of unfinished projects and forgotten appointments.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, psychological testing might help you get answers to your questions and understand why.
Problems with attention, disorganization, and impulsive behavior can be signs of ADHD, depression, giftedness, or autism. They could also be due to trauma or stress, anxiety, or a learning disability. Some emotional disorders co-occur with learning problems or other diagnoses. Even for a seasoned therapist, identifying each challenge can be difficult with just short weekly sessions.
Having no treatment or the wrong diagnosis can lead to frustration and resentment within families. Battles over behavior, homework, and bill payments are waged on a daily basis. Parents blame themselves for their child’s difficulties and spouses constantly argue over how to handle behaviors. Teachers are at a loss at how best to teach a child and to nurture a love of learning. With no clear roadmap, therapists flounder for ideas to guide clients toward health and productivity. Unclear or missed diagnoses can cost families and society thousands of dollars and precious time that cannot be regained. The right diagnosis can make all the difference for someone struggling at home, at school, or at work.
Benefits of Psychological Testing
Psychological testing can help determine a correct diagnosis and outline a plan for treatment. Through structured interviews, objective tests, and reviewing records or collateral information, a whole picture emerges showing someone’s strengths and weaknesses. Our experience working with children and families has shown over and over that formal assessment is faster and more effective in diagnosing and identifying intervention needs. It cuts down on wasted time and ineffective, or even inappropriate treatments. This is especially important when considering the potential side effects of psychotropic medications.
Psychological testing is also helpful to learn more about a child’s ability, processing or learning styles, and what type of learning environment would suit them. You can find out if tutoring or special education would help your child. Testing can guide accommodation planning in school, college, or even work. Some individuals are even found to benefit from modifications to standardized assessments like the SAT, LSAT, or GRE.
Psychological testing is an investment, in yourself or your child. By the end of the process, you will understand your child better and make sense of the struggles that have plagued you for years. Testing will highlight strengths and clearly identify challenges. Through psychological testing, you can cut directly to the core of the problem without lost time or energy spent “guessing.” You will walk away with a detailed report containing specific, individualized recommendations for treatment and intervention at home, school, and work. This document can help open doors to access school accommodations. Your comprehensive report will include helpful medical assessments and interventions, parenting tools, therapeutic strategies, and valuable resources.
We spend time reviewing all results in person and in detail after testing is complete. We are dedicated to being sure your questions are thoroughly answered and you feel confident in your plan going forward.
Psychological Testing at WFI
Our trained psychologist has over a decade of experience completing psychological evaluations with infants, children, teens, and adults. Evaluations conducted at The Woodlands Family Institute are thorough and use only current, gold standard tools for diagnosis. We pride ourselves on providing quality and value for your money without cutting corners or time. You can receive an appointment and begin the process to getting answers within weeks, with no long waiting lists.
Overall, your best bet to get an accurate diagnosis and a detailed treatment plan is to have a formal psychological assessment completed. Contact us now for a FREE 10 minute consultation and take steps toward getting answers TODAY.