A psychological evaluation is a way to answer questions about mental and emotional problems. The results can give you the information you need to be sure you are doing what is right for you and your child.
Evaluations are usually given by psychologists.
Testing may be needed to:
The request for an evaluation may come from the court, school, healthcare provider, or parents. These evaluations often take a lot of time and may be costly.
The psychologist usually starts with an interview with the child that lasts at least an hour. He or she may also talk with parents and teachers and review medical records. The psychologist also decides what tests are needed.
Several kinds of interviews may be part of the evaluation. These include:
Clinical Interview. The psychologist works to put your child at ease and asks questions about:
Parent Interview. Parents may be asked to provide information. The interview will focus on:
Teacher Interview. Your child's teacher may be asked about:
There are many kinds of psychological tests. The main kinds are:
A comprehensive report will provide results. Results of these tests can help identify what the problem is, how severe it is, what it will mean for the child, and what can be done to help. The psychologist will recommend treatment and give you an idea of what to expect with and without treatment.