What will happen during an evaluation for my young child?

For children under the age of 3:

The first step is called an intake. This session last typically 30 to 45 minutes and is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s clinician to discuss their concerns, gather case history information, and ask questions about the assessment process. 

For the second session the parents and children are often invited into the testing office with the psychologist so that the child is not separated from his/her parents causing unnecessary distress. The evaluation will take approximately two hours and include a direct assessment of the child and parent feedback within the same appointment. A written document will follow the evaluation.

For children above age 3

There are several steps in the evaluation process.

The first step is called an intake. This session last typically 30 to 45 minutes and is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s clinician to discuss their concerns, gather case history information, and ask questions about the assessment process. 

The second step is the evaluation which consists of 2, two-hour testing sessions which including comprehensive assessment of intellectual functioning, academic performance, learning and memory, language and communication, as well as social and emotional domains.

The third step is a one-hour parent feedback session where the results of testing and recommendations are explained in detail and specific referral questions are answered.