Cognitive Testing

To date, there is no tool that can truly assess a person’s intelligence or IQ. However, cognitive evaluations offer a snapshot of a person’s intellectual performance. In the same way that a personal trainer will assess strengths and weaknesses in different muscle groups, a thorough evaluation attempts to capture a profile of a person’s cognitive skills and strengths, as well as areas in need of improvement. From this profile, the examiner can make specific and practical recommendations for the parents and the school.

In order to provide you with an evaluation of that caliber, I sit down with the parents for a preliminary meeting and a feedback session. The preliminary meeting takes place before I evaluate your child. This provides me with the opportunity for an in-depth history and parents can ask any questions that they might have about the process.

The actual process varies from child to child. It is important to create an environment where the child is truly doing what they are capable of doing, while at the same time, maintaining a standardized testing approach. Some children may need breaks in order to maintain motivation and effort from one subtest to the next. Some may need to do the evaluation over more than one session. Others do best when they can continue all the way through in one session once they have found their momentum.

The feedback session takes place once the report is written. In this session we go over the report, line by line, so that it is clear how the report comes to its conclusions. It is also at this point that parents can raise any concerns. In some cases, there is information in the child’s history that may be private to the family. In such instances, I generate two versions of the report: a more detailed report for the parents, and a second version for the school where the essential information is retained, but confidential information is protected.

Cognitive Tests That I Administer:

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-V
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – IV

Testing goals:

Identifying gifted children
Identifying areas needing support and making recommendations

 

Personality Testing

Personality testing offers a snapshot into how a person perceives and interacts with the world. To date, there is no tool that can truly tell you who you are. However, a thorough personality testing can reveal different aspects of your personality. These aspects include coping style, view of one self, how you manage your own emotions, your style of relating to other people, and what aspects of your experience are most salient to you. From this field of information full of subtle nuances, the evaluator can construct a personality profile, and make practical recommendations.

Personality Tests that I administer:

• Rorschach Inkblot Test
• Thematic Apperception Test
• Sentence Completion Test

Testing goals:

• Refining diagnosis
• Providing greater understanding of emotional or behavioral symptoms
• Providing a language for introspection