The psychological evaluation is an opportunity to assess the child’s cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral functioning and to understand the child’s strengths and areas in need of development. In working toward a diagnosis, the psychologist will use formal and informal evaluation procedures to clarify what underlies the child’s behavioral presentation. A child referred for a psychological evaluation will typically attend a three hour testing session with his or her parents and the psychologist. If the child is involved in any school programming, behavioral checklists may also be filled out by teachers to assess the child’s functioning in the school setting.

Each evaluation will include:

    • History taking
    • Clinical observation and/or interview
    • A test of cognitive functioning based on the child’s age, developmental level, and language abilities such as:
  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence -Third Edition
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children -Fourth Edition
  • Leiter International Performance Scale-Revised
  • Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-Third Edition
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
  • Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-Second Edition
  • Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist

Other tests that may be administered to the child or given to parents and/or teacher for ratings include:

  • Achenbach Teacher Report Form
  • Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-Second Edition
  • Children’s Autism Rating Scale
  • Children’s Sentence Completion Form A
  • Conners’ Parent and/or Teacher Form
  • Denver-II
  • Parent-child interaction session
  • Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Third Edition
  • Piers-Harris 2
  • Projective drawings
  • Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children
  • Wide Range Achievement Test-Fourth Edition