ECS Psychological Services, P.C. offers psychological evaluations designed to assist individuals, parents, educators, and outpatient clinicians in focusing treatment interventions to the individual’s specific needs. The goal of a psychological evaluation is to collect information about an individual using a variety of tests and measures in order to gain a better understanding of their cognitive, emotional, and behavioral profile and functioning.
What to Expect?
The length of time needed to complete a psychological evaluation typically ranges between 8-12 hours, depending on the diagnostic questions, age of the individual, and their ability. The length of each testing appointment also varies, typically between 1-3 hours. The first visit consists of the psychologist and the caregiver or the patient, depending on age. During this session, individuals can expect to talk with the psychologist about their diagnostic questions and concerns that bring them to testing. In addition, the remaining testing appointments will be scheduled. During subsequent appointments, the individual can expect to meet with the psychologist to complete a variety of tests and measures, including self-report inventories, and tests of intelligence, learning, attention, memory, etc. After the testing is complete, the patient and/or caregiver will meet with the psychologist for a results session to review the evaluation and recommendations of how to best help the individual.
What are the benefits?
Each psychological evaluation is unique to the individual and assists with conceptualizing and understanding behavioral, emotional, and cognitive strengths and limitations.
Evaluations often result in mental health diagnoses, such as:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Specific Learning Disorder
Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders and more.
Once the evaluation is complete, the psychologist will develop a plan to support the individual and their family. This may include recommended changes in the home and school environment, behavioral changes, or referrals for additional services. The psychologist may consult with the individual’s school, primary care physician, psychiatrist, or attend meetings to help advocate for the individual. Psychological evaluations can be the first step to receiving a variety of services such as an IEP, 504 Plan, OPWDD eligibility, SPOA or Health Homes eligibility, ACCES-VR, etc.