Psychological Testing At Equilibria

Psychological testing (often called psychological assessment or psychological evaluation) is performed when a social, emotional, learning, or behavioral concern is noticed and the cause, impact and/or recommendations are needed. The problem(s) can appear in many realms including inappropriate behavior, mood states that are interfering with functioning, a change from previous functioning, and/or an inability to perform up to expected standards. Individuals pursue psychological testing for various reasons, including:

  • Diagnostic testing
  • Testing to assess psychological, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning
  • Learning disorder and disability testing
  • Academic testing
  • Giftedness testing
  • Accommodation testing
  • ADHD or ADD testing
  • Forensic testing
  • Autism spectrum disorders testing
  • Entrance into enrichment programs
  • Appropriate academic settings
  • Special accommodations
  • School readiness
  • School admission
  • Intellectual functioning
  • Career or college guidance
  • Vocational testing
  • Disability testing
  • Act 235 evaluations
  • Eating Disorders
  • Other psychological testing prior to medical procedures

Equilibria’ goal is to help adults, adolescents, and children in the greater Philadelphia area become satisfied and successful in their emotional, educational and/or vocational lives. Through comprehensive clinical interviewing and a battery of psychological tests, a wealth of useful information can be garnered to aid in understanding the issues that are arising or to address the question being asked for the testing.

The Process of Psychological Evaluations at Equilibria

Psychological evaluation or assessment is a process of psychological testing using a combination of methods to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior, personality, and capabilities.

Depending on what is being assessed, psychological assessment and evaluation can include:

  • A comprehensive interview with the young person and his or her caregivers
  • Standardized psychological learning tests
  • Standardized psychological behavior tests
  • Potentially, classroom or home based observation

Through the combination of one or more of these techniques, the child psychologist is able to get a better understanding of the child, which allows for effective treatment planning and recommendations.

Sometimes it is recommended that neuropsychological testing be completed if the assessor feels it is important to assess for neurological functioning for a more comprehensive understanding of the issues presenting.

Following the evaluation, recommendations are then made with all the information gathered in order to provide the adult, teen, child, parents, and school with specific strategies tailored to the adult’s/child’s/teen’s individual learning needs and/or behavioral issues.

All assessments are tailored to our client’s needs in order to understand the underlying issues. A detailed and comprehensive written report and recommendations are provided.

Benefits of Undergoing Psychological Testing

Equilibria’ goal is to help an adolescent or child’s emotional, educational and/or vocational life become more satisfying and successful. Psychological testing can help identify hypotheses about a young person’s behavioral, emotional and/or academic functioning. The hypotheses derived from the psychological testing process aide in tailoring help (at home, at school and in the therapy office) for the young person’s unique needs.

When to Consider A Psychological Test

Psychological tests are recommended when both the psychologist, as well as the family, wants to gain a better understanding of what may be causing the child/adolescent to be having difficulty in the school and/or home.

In order to develop the most effective treatment plan, it is important to clarify the diagnosis, which in some cases can be difficult without a complete assessment. Psychological testing is typically separated into four overarching categories:

  • Psychoeducational and Academic
  • Psychological
  • Forensic
  • Neuropsychological

PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL AND ACADEMIC TESTING:

When children and teens are having difficulty at home, school or work with learning based activities, they may benefit from a psychoeducational analysis of their strengths and weaknesses to help develop more effective learning strategies.

Psychoeducational testing often addresses functioning in one or more of the following areas:

  • Academic
  • Work/vocational related
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Attention and concentration
  • Sensory-motor

Some common academic or psychoeducational testing include:

PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING:

Psychological testing is performed when there is a social, behavioral or emotional concern that is noticed and information about that concern is needed so that the individual can receive recommendations or treatment focus to help restore healthy and adaptive functioning. In addition, sometimes psychological testing is performed to ensure that someone has the psychological fitness required to undergo a medical procedure or carry out vocational duties.

Some common reasons why psychological testing may be performed include:

FORENSIC TESTING:

When a child, teen or adult is involved in the legal system, a forensic evaluation may be requested. Equilibria provides comprehensive criminal and civil forensic testing related to legal issues for adults, juveniles and children. Commonly assessed areas include:

  • Evaluations of Juveniles or Adults accused of criminal acts
  • Juvenile and Adult Pre-sentencing Evaluations
  • Juvenile and Adult Probation Evaluations
  • Juvenile Waiver Evaluations
  • Assessment of Juvenile and Adult Sexual Offenders
  • Competency evaluations
  • Risk assessment
  • Assessment for high risk occupations
  • Child Abuse evaluation
  • Bonding evaluations
  • Parenting fitness evaluations

 

Equilibria’ Philadelphia Child Psychologists

Equilibria’ child psychologists are Dr. Gail Reichman-Mancini and Dr. Karen Taratuski, both certified school psychologists. Dr Reichman-Mancini and Dr Taratuski both work with children, teens and their caregivers to provide comprehensive psychoeducational and academic testing. Dr. Andrew Groves, a child psychologist at Equilibria, also provides psychoeducational testing for ADHD related referrals for adults. Dr. David Bromberg handles the forensic testing services for Equilibria.

Schedule A Psychological Evaluation

If you would like to meet or talk with one of our child psychologists in Philadelphia or Fort Washington about psychological evaluations and testing call us at (267) 861-3685, option 1. Or fill out our secure online form.