A comprehensive assessment is the first step in understanding the needs of your child or adolescent, and/or the reasons for any challenges they may be experiencing. This process involves gathering information, through a variety of methods, to identify your child or adolescent’s individual strengths and weaknesses, and determine how his or her strengths may be used to bolster weaknesses and improve functioning. The overall goal of assessment is to obtain the best understanding of your child or adolescent in order to offer practical recommendations that can be easily implemented to help your child or adolescent thrive.
A psychoeducational assessment is usually completed to make sense of any difficulties your child is experiencing in school. Your child’s intellectual functioning and unique learning style, as well as current academic achievement is evaluated. The psychoeducational assessment will also provide information about a broad range of factors that impact learning and performance in school (e.g., learning disabilities, focus and concentration, impulsivity, fine-motor skills, anxiety, motivation).
The psychoeducational assessment generally consists of:
The total clinical time for a standard psychoeducational assessment is estimated to be 10 hours, which includes test scoring, interpretation, and report writing.
An assessment designed to identify giftedness is aimed to provide a better understanding of children who show remarkably high levels of accomplishment in their rate of learning, depth of knowledge, and problem-solving abilities compared to other children their age. A gifted assessment usually involves:
The total time for a gifted assessment is estimated to be 8 hours.
An assessment of your child’s developmental level may be warranted if your child is exhibiting, or is suspected of having, developmental delays. This type of assessment is designed to evaluate your child’s cognitive level as well as his or her level of independence in tasks of daily living. If warranted, academic assessment and screening of language, social skills, and fine- and gross-motor skills may also be included. Results and recommendations would focus on providing information necessary to help you advocate for your child in the school and community. This kind of assessment usually involves:
The total time for a developmental assessment is estimated to range from 6 – 10 hours. This may vary if previous assessments have been completed or if use of additional measures is warranted.
An assessment of your child’s behavioral and/or social-emotional functioning may be warranted to determine if behavior or social-emotional concerns are impacting your child’s day-to-day life and functioning and to develop goals for treatment. Evaluation of behavioral and social-emotional concerns may occur independently, or may be included as part of a comprehensive assessment. This kind of assessment usually involves:
The total time for a behavioral/social-emotional assessment is estimated to range from 4 – 6 hours. This may vary depending on the age of your child and the nature of your concerns.
Dr. Pettigrew is happy to speak with you to determine what type of services would be most appropriate to address your concerns and meet your goals. Please contact Dr. Pettigrew by phone 403-589-9424 or email if you would like more information.
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