Psychological Diagnostic and Educational Assessments
We provide comprehensive psychological evaluations for a range of issues and problems encountered by families and students. Our assessment process is organized to help identify the core issue(s) or diagnosis causing problems and also to make recommendations about how to improve functioning and adjustment, including school and testing accommodations. Our evaluations commonly explore:
- Educational and learning disabilities
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Social or school-based anxiety
- Intelligence (IQ) testing
- Achievement testing
- Behavioral or conduct-related problems
- School and parent consultation
We are proud to offer high quality services in a warm and supportive environment supervised by top experts in the community and region.
We focus on improving the lives of children, students, and families in our community by offering comprehensive assessments for many common school-based, childhood, and young adult problems.
Formal evaluations with standardized measures are not always required to identify problems and effectively intervene in children’s mental, behavioral, or educational health. Sometimes accurate diagnoses can be made by a clinician using a diagnostic interview and a thorough history.
However, other times, especially when the problems are not clear cut, when a diagnosis is needed for services, or when school performance is an issue, a full evaluation with standardized measures can be very helpful to inform how issues are specifically impacting a child’s behavior and functioning. Such evaluations can be a vital step to identifying effective interventions or accommodations.
What is a standardized measure? Unlike a simple interview or checklist of issues, standard measures are structured assessments that are given to hundreds of individuals during the development process. In this way clinicians can compare the outcomes for any one particular child or adult to the standardization sample made up of many types of individuals. Those comparisons can help shed light on an individual’s performance and can be very powerful tools to answer important questions.
Most formal evaluations consist of a few different types of standardized measures as well as clinical interviews and parent interviews. Some evaluations also include information from your child’s teachers or other care providers. The clinician performing your evaluation will gather all the information and consider it all with appropriate weight when preparing the report. Parental input and collaboration is an important part of this process.
Formal evaluations at the University of Virginia's Sheila C. Johnson Center within the School of Education and Human Development include a full report prepared by an expert who understands the audiences and needs of the teams or systems helping your child. Evaluations also include ample family consultation and feedback so that families can fully understand evaluation outcomes and potential options to make informed decisions about their child’s education or treatment.
Formal evaluations consist of the following parts and are typically administered over the course of a few different days:
- Clinical interviews with the student and parents
- Information gathering by the clinician (school documents, prior evaluations, teacher reports, etc.)
- Testing appointments with the student
- Report preparation and writing
- Collaborative ongoing communication with the parents
- Formal feedback session with the family
The evaluation and assessment services at the Sheila C. Johnson Center are highly rated by families and individuals as helpful and effective. As experts in the area, families and schools often turn to us for specialized assessments or to confirm or shed new light on existing diagnosis and issues.
We know that searching for the right providers to conduct assessments for your child can be challenging. Many providers have long wait times and often the way such services are billed can be confusing, expensive, and not apparent up front. These are honest difficulties as both parents and providers have to deal with the complexities of modern health care. There is no substitute for clear communication; at the Sheila C. Johnson Center we will try our best to communicate clearly about the match of our services to your particular clinical needs, communicating clearly regarding the cost of services and potential for insurance reimbursement. If we are not a good match, we will do our best to provide you with alternative referrals.