Our comprehensive learning assessments allow us to look at different learning problems and giftedness. We can assess for:
- Intellectual disabilities
- Slower learner profiles
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Learning disabilities in:
The testing part of a learning assessment typically takes between 4 to 6 hours, depending on the age of the person. For younger children in grades 1 or 2 testing takes about 4 hours; the older the person is, the longer the testing typically takes. We can do testing in one day or across two days, depending on the age of the person and scheduling.
We give intellectual tests (or IQ tests), achievement tests, other tests for memory, executive functioning, language skills, or phonological awareness. The type of test we give depends on what the reported difficulties are at the time of referral as well as the pattern of results that emerge in the testing.
Depending on what we are assessing for, we can also ask the person, the parents, or teachers to complete questionnaires about concerns like attention difficulties, disruptive behaviors, anxiety or depression. An interview with the child or teen's parent is sometimes necessary, depending on what we are assessing for.
Clients being tested find some parts interesting or fun and other parts harder. The tests are designed so that with any subtest, when it appears we have tested that skill enough, we stop and move on to another skill. It can also be helpful to have reports from other health care professionals like Speech/Language Pathologists, Audiologists, other Psychologists, Pediatricians or Psychiatrists. Report cards are also important to review as well.
Process is typically shorter for giftedness assessments
We give intellectual tests and achievement tests, review report cards and reports from other health care professionals. If it appears that the person might have some learning difficulties, like a learning disability or other behavior or emotional concerns, then appropriate measures may be administered.
Once we review all relevant reports, test the person, score the testing measures, and write the report, we are ready to sit down with the person (generally if the person is 11 years old or older) and the parent(s) to provide copies of the report and explain the results. If the person assessed is a young adult, the meeting may be with just that person and not include the parents. Recommendations for helping the person to be successful wherever they are experiencing challenges will be provided as well. If a learning assessment has happened within the last 12 months, we cannot use the same measures again, as there may be a 'practice' effect and results may not be a true representation of the person's learning potential.