Diagnostic testing is a particular passion of mine. I have specialized in testing for the
last 13 years, having evaluated well over 2,000 individuals from ages 3 through
The Purpose of Testing
Diagnostic testing can help determine one’s strengths, as
well as the cause of an individual’s struggles in one or more areas of
functioning. It can also assist in developing the most appropriate plan of
action to address these struggles. It may help a child or adolescent obtain school-based
services or accommodations through an IEP or 504 plan, receive accommodations
on ACT/SAT or other standardized tests, and may help adults obtain work-based
accommodations. However, the
decision is ultimately in the hands of the school or employer.
Diagnostic testing is frequently utilized to assess:
• Academic difficulties (Learning Disability)
• Attention problems (ADD or ADHD)
• Cognitive functioning (Developmental Delay, Cognitive or Intellectual Disability)
• Social or communication deficits (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
• Behavioral or emotional problems
• Memory impairment
• Poor independent living skills
What to Expect
The evaluation process is a 3-step process.
During this appointment, I will meet with you in order to discuss the concerns and reason that
testing is being sought. The
Diagnostic Interview serves two purposes:
• I will clarify your questions and concerns so that I can fully customize the
evaluation to meet your needs.
• This appointment is also usually an insurance
requirement. If you are using insurance,
after this appointment I will submit
paperwork to your insurance company requesting
that they authorize the
Children do not need to be present at this initial appointment.
2. The Evaluation:
This appointment involves a full session of testing. While
the duration will vary in length based upon the age of the test-taker and the
presenting concerns, testing can take anywhere from 1-5 hours, with the vast
majority typically taking 2-3 hours. Testing is normally a one-on-one experience with you
or your child, and myself. Once
the testing is complete, I will compile and analyze the results, and write
up a final report that I will review and provide to you at our feedback session.
3. Feedback Session:
During the feedback session, I will explain all of the
tests, measures, and scores. I will also explain their significance and inform
you of any diagnoses (if applicable). Lastly, I will provide appropriate
recommendations or referrals, along with the final copy of your report. If the
evaluation was sought for academic purposes or disability services, I will
remain available to consult with you, school personnel, or any agencies that
provide disability services.