Welcome to Extraordinary Potential Psychological Assessment, where you’ll find outstanding comprehensive psychological assessment services for children, adolescents, college students. Whether you want to better understand your child’s learning style and potential, seek clarity about the reasons for academic difficulty that your or your child are experiencing, or wish to monitor progress, we can help. Please explore our website to learn more about our services, psychologist, and location. We are happy to talk with you via phone or email to answer any questions you may have about psychological testing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I know if my child needs testing?
- Testing can help you to understand the reason for a problem your child may be having with learning, social skills, behavior, or relationships. Many parents consider testing if their child seems to be out of synch with the way that other children the same age are developing or behaving. Sometimes, other professionals who know your child well – such as teachers or pediatricians – may suggest testing if they have noticed areas in which a child is struggling. Additionally, psychiatrists or pediatricians may recommend testing if a child has recently been diagnosed and parents want to better understand the impact of the diagnosed condition, to help plan treatments and interventions, or to get a second opinion.
How do I know if I need testing?
- Sometimes, people with an underlying issue such as a learning disability or ADHD have achieved success in school or work through perseverance, intelligence, and hard work. Because of the increased academic demands of college-level work, those individuals may find themselves struggling. College students may seek testing to understand whether an underlying condition is the reason for academic struggles. This testing will definitely help you to understand your pattern of relative strengths and weaknesses, and it may result in a diagnosis that can give a name to your challenges. Adults who have a diagnosed condition may choose to submit their evaluation report to their college or workplace as part of a request for accommodations.
What happens during psychological testing? Is it just take a paper-and-pencil test?
- A comprehensive assessment includes many different types of activities. Many of these are interactive tasks, such as answering questions, working with objects, and doing timed activities. Some tasks will feel similar to activities you have done before in school, while others will feel completely new. You will also fill out some questionnaires and participate in an interview. Testing typically takes place over multiple three-hour blocks of time with breaks built in. These three-hour blocks can be scheduled over multiple days as needed.
How do you communicate the results of the testing? How long do I have to wait to find out?
- Clients or their parents (if the client is under 18) receive a comprehensive evaluation report, and we discuss the results of the evaluation during an hour-long feedback session, during which you can ask any questions. Feedback sessions are scheduled for two weeks after the last day of testing.
Will my school or my child’s school accept the results of the testing? Can it be used to get accommodations?
- The evaluation report that you receive is yours to share with others as you wish, and you will receive both a hard copy and an electronic copy to facilitate ease of sharing. The report will present all findings and recommendations in an appropriate format for school administrators, teachers, psychologists, and other medical professionals to understand. It is solely the decision of the school or workplace whether accommodations will be granted. Schools often use testing reports as a starting point to have a discussion about a student’s needs. We encourage you to communicate with your school prior to scheduling testing to learn about their decision-making process.
If I already know that my child or I have a diagnosis, is there a benefit to getting an assessment?
- Yes, psychological testing can help you to better understand the impacts of that diagnosis and the effectiveness of any treatments or interventions that have been implemented for it. Periodic testing is also often recommended for individuals with learning disabilities or other conditions to monitor progress over time.
What forms of payment do you accept?
- We accept payment by cash, check, and credit card. All clients are provided with an itemized receipt, which they can use to request reimbursement from their insurance company, if applicable. We do not bill insurance directly.
If my assessment results in a diagnosis, what do I do next? How do I use that information effectively?
- We discuss your individualized recommendations following each assessment, and these recommendations are also provided in written format. We are happy to help connect you with resources for your next steps, whether that includes working with other professionals, finding tutoring, and/or implementing new strategies at home and school.