Each assessment differs slightly based on the person’s unique needs and the referral concerns. However, in general, most assessments will include the following steps:
Simply phone or email to find out more about the types of assessments offered and the costs. A doctor’s note is not required. The office staff will collect basic contact information, as well as information about your main concerns, and schedule your first appointment for you.
Assessments typically begin with an intake appointment where concerns are discussed and a detailed interview and developmental history is completed. If the assessment is for a child, this session is completed with parents. The intake meeting is usually about 1 hour long. At the end of this meeting, you will have a good idea of the plan, the assessment process, and which documents to bring in to the next session.
You may be asked for copies of previous assessment / diagnostic reports, relevant medical reports, school documents (such as report cards or individual education plans), letters from teachers, incident reports, work samples, or school-assessments. Questionnaires are often sent to parents and teachers, to gather more information about strengths and challenges.
Testing sessions last 2 to 3 hours each, for a total of about 4 to 6 hours of testing. We complete testing sessions across 2 days if possible. The number and length of sessions sometimes vary, depending on things like the examinee’s age, attention span, and speed. More complex assessments require more testing time; less complex assessments require less testing time.
Scoring and Report Writing
Your psychologist will compile all information and data, and spend time interpreting the results. This will be combined into a detailed report, which will include background information, test results, observations, diagnoses (if made), and detailed recommendations for support within home and educational settings.
A feedback meeting is scheduled 2 to 3 weeks after the final appointment, where the written report will be provided and fully explained, along with any diagnoses and recommendations.