TYPES OF ASSESSMENTS
Psychological assessment instruments or tests are professionally designed to measure different abilities, skills and personality traits or characteristics. The most commonly used psychological tests are intellectual ability (or intelligence) tests, academic skills (or achievement) tests, in-depth tests of specific cognitive functions such as memory, focus and attention, and visual-motor coordination, online neurocognitive tests, personality tests and/or Brain Dominance questionnaires. Based on the client’s needs, the psychologist will suggest a battery (or selection) of tests to answer questions the client may have. Below are some of the assessments we use and what they test for.
The WAIS-IV (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale) is an intelligence assessment for older adolescents and adults between the ages of 16 and 90 years. This assessments tests similar areas like the WISC-V and can be used to identify giftedness, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and specific learning disabilities such as dyscalculia (mathematics disorder), dysgraphia (disorder of written expression), and dyslexia (reading disorder).
The WIAT-III (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Second Edition) is an assessment used to understand the academic achievement for child, adolescents, and adults between the ages of 4 and 85. The WIAT-III consists of components that test reading, writing, math, and oral language. This assessment is usually used in conjunction with one of the above mentioned intelligence tests to identify giftedness, intellectual disability, developmental delay, and specific learning disabilities such as dyscalculia (mathematics disorder), dysgraphia (disorder of written expression), and dyslexia (reading disorder).
Neurocognitive Testing is a used to evaluate the neurocognitive status for children as young as 8 years old to adults as old as 90 years old. This assessment measures verbal memory, visual memory, composite memory, psychomotor speed, reaction time, complex attention, cognitive flexibility, processing speed, social acuity, non-verbal reasoning, executive functioning, working memory, sustained attention, simple attention, and motor speed. This assessment is also accompanied by clinical questionnaires. Neurocognitive testing can help identify if people are struggling with symptoms related to attention, memory, brain injury, sleep, pain, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
The MCMI (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory) is a personality assessment used to understand issues related to mood, personality traits, and psychopathology described in the DSM-V (Diagnostics and Statistics Manual). This assessment is used to identify if someone is struggling with more complex symptoms related to generalized, somatic symptom disorder, bipolar disorder, persistent depression, alcohol use disorder, drug use disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A QEEG assessment is used to map the electrical activity of one’s brain to better understand functioning and activation patterns and cognitive deficits. This psychophysiological assessment is usually completed for adolescents and adults. A simpler EEG assessment is conducted for children. Electrodes are placed on the scalp and record electrical brain wave activity to generate map of activity. When combined with other assessment methods, a QEEG assessment can help provide more evidence for issues related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, learning disabilities, sleep issues, memory issues, concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and post concussive syndrome.