A psychological assessment for children is an evaluation of thinking, learning, behavior, and emotions.
In children, the assessments include a range of strategies to gather information. Typically, the assessment is conducted through the use of interviews, observation, validated testing methods, and consultation with those involved in the child’s care such as parents, teachers, and/or daycare workers.
A child’s assessment covers many areas such as general development in language, memory, and academic skills (math, reading, writing, spelling, problem-solving), as well as biological assessments such as fine motor skills and visual-spatial abilities.
Does my child need an assessment?
Children may be referred for psychological assessment for a variety of reasons. A psychological assessment is beneficial as it helps identify your child’s strengths as well as any challenges he or she may be struggling with. Sometimes the child’s doctor, teacher, or daycare worker can recommend a child for assessment due to the child’s behavior, signs of emotional distress, or if they seem to be behind their peers in areas of attentional abilities or academic development.
If a child has a learning disability, the sooner parents and teachers know, the better things are for the child. Along with the diagnosis and report, teachers and parents receive recommendations for teaching approaches that will complement your child’s learning style. You can read more about learning disabilities in general here.
Emotional and behavioral difficulties can also indicate that an assessment may be beneficial. Some children, due to heredity, environment, and temperament can have challenges with sadness, anxiety, hyperactivity, aggression, or other emotional and behavioral issues. In these cases, it is highly beneficial to seek an assessment and get the support and help the child (and parents) need to bring out the best in the child. Working with child development experts can help the child develop their strengths and increase their ability to control their own behavior, manage emotions, and cope with stress.
When a child is having difficulties, the entire family is affected. Support and recommendations based on what the child needs will benefit not only the child but the entire family.
The assessment of younger children (ages 0 to 5) incorporates a developmental, relational, and biological perspective in the evaluation of symptoms.
Validated social and emotional screening tools are used to assess young children. This is important as it can be very challenging to assess children who do not have the language abilities to express what they are thinking and feeling. Additionally, the assessment is conducted thorough the expert’s understanding of child behavior. Standardized tools are used for screening and assessing young children. If the child is having difficulties, early intervention can be a good starting point to prevent further problems from developing.
We provide testing and assessments for the following:
Psychological and Emotional Testing
- Emotional (depression, anxiety)
- Conduct / behavioral assessment
- Social anxiety
- Childhood trauma symptom assessment
- Executive functions
- Abstract reasoning
- Fine motor skills
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Information Processing Tests
- Auditory / Visual processing
- Language assessment
- Wide assessment of learning and memory
- Cognitive ability
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If you feel your child may be experiencing challenges, or if your child has been recommended for assessment by others involved in the child’s care, Center for Therapeutic Services & Psychodiagnosis can help. We provide assessments and expert therapeutic care and advice on how to best help your child achieve his or her highest potential.
Center for Therapeutic Services and Psychodiagnosis is located in McHenry, IL and Lake in the Hills, IL, USA.
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