What is psychological assessment?
Psychological assessment has many components, including intellectual ability, learning, and "executive functioning." It can also include assessment of social, emotional, and behavioral functioning as it compares to a child's same-age peers, and can be "psycho-diagnostic." The psycho-diagnostic component of the assessment is an evaluation of any appropriate psychiatric or neurodevelopmental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, Autism Spectrum, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, that may be present. A "psycho-educational" evaluation includes assessment of cognitive functioning and academic abilities, and can assess for learning disabilities.
How can psychological assessment benefit your child ?
Psychological assessment provides information about your child that can supplement their growth and development at home, school, and in therapeutic treatment. Child development is affected by several factors, including home environment, access to learning, community resources, and stressful life events. Children may differ in their response to these environmental factors. When children are having difficulty in any domain of their life, it can sometimes be difficult to understand why, and to support them in the best way possible. Psychological assessment can help by identifying your child's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, the presence of a neurodevelopmental disorder such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder, and by offering insight into their emotions and behaviors. With this deeper understanding, families can move forward to provide more targeted supports and interventions to help their children grow and fulfill their potential.