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PSC offers a wide range of psychological evaluation services. Psychological evaluations are conducted to assess for the possible presence of a psychological disorder which may be influencing an individual’s personal, professional or academic performance and functioning. Our evaluations feature extensive psychological testing and culminate in a thorough evaluation report including diagnoses and recommendations. During your initial appointment, you will work with your counselor to determine which evaluation type and specific tests most appropriately meet your individual needs.
Descriptions of psychological evaluations commonly completed in our agency appear below.

Learning Disability assessments consist of evaluating your educational history, understanding current and past performance in academic or educational environments, and conducting testing related to cognitive abilities and achievement. The tests conducted will be selected based on your specific concerns. Your counselor may also recommend additional testing to rule out other possible problems that may be contributing to difficulties in the academic or educational environment.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments evaluate attentional processes and their influence on academic, professional, and/or daily functioning. Clients seeking this type of assessment can expect cognitive ability and achievement testing, as well as reports about past and present symptoms and difficulties. Your counselor may also seek information from other individuals (e.g., teachers, caregivers, significant others) regarding educational, attentional, and other difficulties.

Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments focus particularly on social skills deficits with an emphasis on determining whether an Autism Spectrum disorder best accounts for these difficulties. Multiple possible disorders can lead to social skills deficits, and your counselor will collect a detailed history and provide specific testing recommendations. You can expect cognitive and social abilities to be a main focus of this type of assessment.

Child Behavioral/Emotional assessments are conducted with children experiencing complex behavioral and emotional symptoms. After gathering a detailed history, your counselor will make specific recommendations about testing based on possible diagnoses that may account for your child’s specific difficulties.

Cognitive assessment provides information related to intellectual functioning, with a particular emphasis on factors related to various aspects of intelligence. If mental retardation is a potential diagnosis, your counselor is likely to recommend additional testing related to adaptive functioning.

Neuropsychological assessments collect information related to neuropsychological functioning, including memory, cognition, language, learning, and other behaviors influenced by brain functioning. The specific battery of tests conducted will depend on your individual needs. In addition, please note that these assessments are not substitutes for neurological exams, which are likely to include brain imaging and are conducted by neurologists.

Personality assessment consists of evaluating current general psychological and emotional functioning, as well as identifying personality characteristics that are likely to influence long-standing behavioral patterns. Projective and/or objective measures may be employed to obtain a thorough understanding of your personality.

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