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At Northeast Health Services, we deliver evaluations to both children and adults for a number of issues, such as ADHD, learning disabilities, mental health issues like anxiety or mood disorders, personality conditions, and eating problems. Assessments are essential before treatment plans can begin because an accurate diagnosis is vital in order to provide tailored mental health care. To schedule a psychological evaluation in MA, Contact us at 508.794.8711 today.

What Are Psychological Tests and Evaluations?

Psychological testing protocols depend on reliable and well-developed tools to understand a person’s intellectual, academic, and emotional proficiency. These exams involve performing specific activities or analyses for both treatment suggestions and diagnostic elucidation. The results from these experiments provide an accurate portrayal of the individual being tested. Psychological assessments provide a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s cognitive, academic, adaptive, and emotional-behavioral functioning capabilities. They also measure executive functioning, including attention, memory, and visual or auditory processing. The findings are put together into one report that allows for the results to be used in multiple settings as a tool to determine strengths and weaknesses across countless domains.

When Is Psychological Testing and Evaluation Used?

When trying to understand the root of intellectual, educational, or emotional issues and difficulties in children and adolescents, testing can often prove invaluable. Though they usually know how their problems make them feel, pinpointing why this frequently remains challenging for young people. Adults in crisis also may struggle understanding or articulating the factors leading up to and contributing to the crisis situation. Psychological testing involves obtaining knowledge and understanding to identify specific treatment goals for presenting problems. In addition to the above, testing may be used when there are:
  • Complex diagnostic questions
  • Unclear diagnoses
  • Concerns about a possibly developing diagnosis
  • Difficulties that present in the school environment
  • Suspicions of a possible learning disability
  • Difficult emotional behaviors
  • Issues with emotional regulation
  • Impulsivity, aggression, and behavioral dysregulation
These issues may be addressed through psychological testing in our MA clinics.

What Are the Benefits of Psychological Testing?

Psychological testing and evaluation can lay the groundwork for making effective changes. Some benefits include the following:
  • It can help identify why intellectual potential may not have been realized and demonstrated in the educational setting.
  • Psychological testing provides a valuable tool to measure progress while in therapy, pinpointing areas of concern that need to be addressed and helping clients achieve their treatment goals.
  • Detailed assessments can provide critical insights to treating physicians when it comes to the current emotional state of their clients, enabling them to make more informed decisions about medication regimens.
  • By examining it, we gain insight into the cognitive processes associated with intelligent thinking and problem-solving, academic success, regulating emotions, and effectively managing one’s intellectual capabilities.
  • A psychological evaluation can often recognize small distinctions in diagnostic characteristics, thus assuring the most appropriate treatment is prescribed.

What Does the Assessment Process Look Like?

Clients participate in an initial intake, which involves a clinical interview and gathering background information. We may also ask to speak to individuals with pertinent information about each client, such as therapists, doctors, teachers, or family members. Depending on a client’s age and reason for the assessment, observer rating forms may be given to those who know the client best. Administration of tests typically takes five to ten hours, with the client participating in one or more sessions. Some of the tests that may be included are listed below.

Intellectual Assessment

This will assess each client’s cognitive ability and potentiality to determine overall capacity. It will also include a delineation of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, including:
  • Verbal information processing
  • Auditory processing
  • Nonverbal reasoning
  • Rote memory
  • Processing speed
  • Intellectual problem-solving

Educational Assessments

  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Academic fluency
  • Written language
  • Executive Functioning Skills

Assessment of Skills

  • Organization
  • Attention
  • Behavioral and emotional control
  • Initiation
  • Time management
  • Task completion

Emotional and Personality Assessment

  • Examining one’s internal emotional landscape
  • Emotional problem-solving
  • Quality of thinking
  • Accuracy of judgment
  • Current stress levels
  • Evaluation of stress management skills
  • Underpinnings of inner emotional states
  • Evaluation of emotional regulation and behavioral control
  • Self-esteem
  • Identity issues
  • Quality of interpersonal interactions
  • Level of social skills
Through our comprehensive report, you will receive a meaningful feedback session with the opportunity to query and converse about any advice. Our assessment illuminates strengths already in place and potential areas of difficulty. In addition, we offer an extensive recommendation section that outlines the next steps for multiple scenarios. We join forces closely alongside families, schools, therapists, and psychiatrists to curate individualized treatments considering each person’s unique context.

Get the Help You Need Today with Psychological Testing and Evaluation in Massachusetts

We realize that an assessment can be intimidating for some children and adults. At Northeast Health Services, we work hard to make the process as warm, safe, and engaging as possible from start to finish. Reach out at 508.794.8711 today or submit a form so our team can help assess what options might be helpful for you.