Assesment

At Dutch Fork Psychological Services we provide assessments to meet the needs of individuals and families as well as those of state child caring agencies.   With expertise in assessing individuals from the age of three through late adulthood, we are equipped to conduct an array of assessments tailored to meet specific needs.

Although test batteries are individualized and vary according to the focus of each evaluation, the following represent the types of assessments often requested.   Please keep in mind these are not mutually exclusive:

Emotional/Behavioral Assessment
Psychological testing to assess emotional and personality functioning (including depression, anxiety, identity and relationship-making), and behavioral issues such as anger, defiance, and school/work disruption.

Educational Assessment
Cognitive and academic testing to assess students' learning abilities in several domains; differentiating learning challenges from motivational problems; investigating learning style with emphasis on personal strengths; assessment for language based and non-verbal learning disabilities; and intelligence testing and functional assessments for 504 Accommodation Plans and IEPs.

Neuropsychological Assessment
Testing to assess developmental and cognitive strengths and weaknesses.   Functional capacity from a wide variety of mental, motor, and behavioral tasks is compared with age-appropriate norms to explore the potential effects of brain trauma, the possible presence of a pervasive developmental disorder such as Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, or a progressive illness such as Alzheimer's Disease.

Psychosexual Assessment
Clinical interview and psychological testing to help determine the nature and potential seriousness of inappropriate sexual behaviors in children and adolescents. Developmentally sensitive methods are utilized to assess sexually reactive children as well as adolescents who have engaged in sexual offending behavior.

Parenting Assessment
Court ordered assessments that involve mental status examination and psychological evaluation of parents who have been found to be neglectful and/or abusive of their children.   Results are used for treatment planning related to behavioral, emotional, and mental health issues that can interfere with adequate care of minor children, as well as assisting Family Courts in making decisions regarding whether, and under what conditions, to return children to their parents' custody.