Testing for Adults and Children
Tema Therapy Center offers the following types of testing for adults and children:
Psychological Assessment is helpful in clarifying the diagnosis and in guiding treatment, especially in cases when medications are involved. Psychological assessment involves a diagnostic interview, a personality questionnaire, and additional self-report measures that allow me to establish a comprehensive picture of the symptoms and arrive at a diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, I will recommend a course of treatment. I provide a client with a report of the evaluation, complete with recommendations and, when necessary, referrals to other professionals who may be helpful.
Neuropsychological Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of client's cognitive status. This includes an assessment of cognitive domains, such as language, memory, attention, and visual spatial functioning, to name a few. The goal of neuropsychological testing is to clarify or establish a diagnosis related to neurological functioning and to assess the degree of impairment related to this cognitive dysfunction. Typically, neuropsychological assessment is recommended to adult clients when they are displaying cognitive problems which may relate to a neurological disorder, such as brain injury, a stroke, or dementia. Following the assessment, I produce a comprehensive report that details the cognitive profile and offers recommendations. These recommendations will include suggestions regarding compensatory strategies, resources, and, when applicable, opinions on whether the client can safely live independently.
I also offer a neurocognitive screen to clients who have not been diagnosed with a neurological condition, but who feel that their cognitive functioning is not "as it should be" and interferes with their lives. For example, this type of evaluation may be helpful to someone who feels that they are smart and motivated, but have difficulties achieving their professional goals, or someone who feels that their memory has always been "bad", or that there is "just something wrong" with them, and they don't know what. A neurocognitive screen is helpful in clarifying individual strengths and weaknesses. Following the completion of the assessment, I provide clients with a short written report, offering recommendations, coping strategies relevant to their profile, and referrals to other providers who may be helpful in improving their functioning.
Since I am bilingual, I am also able to offer testing in Russian to clients who are not proficient in English.
Adult Psychoeducational Assessment is helpful in updating, clarifying, or establishing the diagnoses of learning disabilities and/or adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This form of testing may be helpful to clients who have suspected that they have a learning disability or attention deficit disorder, but were not diagnosed as children. This assessment is also helpful to clients who may have been previously diagnosed with learning disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and require an updated evaluation as part of the documentation required for accommodations on standardized tests and in school, including requests for additional time or a quiet room while taking the tests. I offer several types of psychoeducational assessments, which are dependent on client's needs:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Screening This brief testing establishes the diagnosis of ADHD in adults, if such diagnosis has not been made in childhood. It also serves to establish the severity of any symptoms. It involves a diagnostic interview, an attention test, and several self-report questionnaires. This will result in a brief report complete with relevant recommendations and referrals. This testing is helpful in clarifying the symptoms of ADHD, differentiating it from other psychological conditions that may affect attention- such as anxiety or depression- and making decisions with regard to medications and other appropriate treatments. Medications for ADHD often include stimulants and have significant side effects that can be amplified in persons without ADHD or with other psychiatric conditions. Therefore, establishing a correct diagnosis prior to starting on medications is highly recommended.
Learning Disability Screen: This form of assessment is helpful in establishing the diagnosis of a learning disability. Learning disabilities come in various forms, but the most common types are dyslexia (a learning disability in reading) and a learning disability in math. A learning disability screen is particularly helpful to clients who have not been diagnosed with any learning disabilities before, but who suspect that they may have one. This testing lasts approximately 3-4 hours and consists of key measures used to establish the diagnosis of a learning disability. It also includes an assessment for ADHD. The resulting brief report will outline the diagnosis and offer recommendations, including for relevant accommodations in school and on tests. However, given that this is a screen, this form of testing does not comply with the specific requirements that schools and standardized tests may have to grant accommodations. If client seeks accommodations for standardized tests such as the SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE or board and licensing exams, a comprehensive learning disability evaluation is recommended.
Comprehensive Learning Disability Evaluation:This form of assessment takes approximately 8-10 hours of testing, typically accomplished over two days. This type of testing is helpful for clients who are seeking accommodations on standardized tests, such as SAT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE and board and licensing exams, or accommodations for colleges and graduate programs that have specific requirements for the documentation of learning disorders. Following the evaluation, I produce a comprehensive report that is specifically tailored to the requirements of the board that it will be submitted to. The report includes recommended accommodations, which commonly include extended time, use of a quiet room for testing, and use of adoptive devises and services when appropriate. For the clients who are not sure if they would qualify for accommodations, I would suggest completing the learning disability screen first. If they meet the criteria for a learning disability, they should proceed with the comprehensive learning disability evaluation to build up their case for receiving accommodations. In such cases the fee for the screen would be subtracted from the fee for the comprehensive evaluation.