The Assessment Process
In an attempt to not overwhelm the client being tested, we often split our testing into two separate appointments. For example, if both developmental and behavioral /mental health assessments are being requested, we would schedule the developmental testing for one day and within a week’s time have the client return to complete the behavioral health assessment.
The initial testing session can generally last from 2 to 3 hours and the follow-up appointment can last between 1 and 2 hours. This will depend on the tests administered and other factors related to the clients themselves, including their cognitive abilities, personality characteristics and test taking speed.
For children (and adults with developmental disabilities) we request that a parent, guardian, helping professional or other person who knows the individual well come to the appointment to provide additional historical, behavioral and adaptive information. Oftentimes we will ask the accompanying person to complete an online computer behavioral assessment in addition to a face-to-face interview. Whenever possible, it is encouraged that the best historian come to the first appointment to provide historical and diagnostic information.
The developmental/cognitive testing would consist of standardized assessment of one’s cognitive, social and adaptive functioning. Behavioral/mental health testing includes psychodiagnostic assessment of emotionality, personality, conduct issues and psychopathology.