Testing & Evaluation
Gifted/Intelligence (IQ) Evaluations are conducted to assess children who have demonstrated advanced skills in problem solving and learning. This evaluation involves the administration of a standardized test of intellectual functioning, an IQ test. Intellectual tests measure overall cognitive abilities, which have been found to be related to school performance. Intelligence tests also provide important information about an individual’s learning style, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and the way that he or she processes information.
Testing for gifted placement is conducted when there is the likelihood that a child would benefit from a more challenging academic program at school. All public school systems in the state of Florida, and many private schools as well, require intelligence testing to identify whether or not a child meets criteria for placement in the gifted program.
Psychoeducational Evaluations are conducted to gather important information about academic strengths and weaknesses in an individual’s learning style.
Psychoeducational evaluations are commonly administered when a student is struggling in school, having difficulty with test taking (i.e., SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.). Such an evaluation can assist in determining whether there is a Learning Disability or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Testing results are then used to make recommendations about which teaching, remediation, and compensatory strategies will be most effective for a student, including individualized intervention plans (IEP’s) and specialized accommodations.
Psychological (Social-Emotional/Behavioral) Evaluations are conducted to primarily assess an individual’s social-emotional and behavioral functioning. These evaluations provide useful diagnostic information for therapists and/or psychiatrists for how to proceed with the treatment of individuals who exhibit symptoms that could be attributed to more than one disorder. Psychological evaluations are also offered to assist children and adolescents with appropriate placement in residential treatment facilities, when necessary.