Assessment services

An assessment can help clients, parents, educators, and/or health professionals:

  • Understand how an individual learns best
  • Help match expectations to an individual’s specific strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand whether learning difficulties are contributing to behavior problems, anxiety, sadness, or low self-esteem
  • Understand why treatment following a prior evaluation by a professional has not helped
  • Formulate an individualized treatment plan that is effective and focused

 

individualized assessments

Each assessment is individualized for each client’s unique needs.  Assessments begin with a consultation so that our psychologists can gather the information needed to recommend a streamlined and individualized assessment.  Once testing is completed, our psychologists will meet with parents/clients to review findings and provide written, detailed recommendations so that you can immediately implement an individualized treatment plan.  A detailed written report will follow with the data needed for documentation as well as explanations for parents/clients to understand assessment results.

Types of assessments

 

  • Learning disability assessments
    • A combination of intelligence testing and academic achievement testing is used to assess whether a learning disability in math, reading, writing, or handwriting is present.  
       
  • ADHD assessments
    • A clinical interview, standardized questionnaires, intellectual testing, and executive function testing is used to assess for the presence of ADHD and to characterize an individual's unique neurocognitive profile.
       
  • Integrated neuropsychological assessments
    • Learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, and depression frequently co-occur, and an integrated evaluation will blend two or three of the above evaluations.  Learning or attention problems can be a source of anxiety or low self-worth – identifying this is an essential first step of a comprehensive treatment plan.   
       
  • Intellectual assessments
    • These are required for admission to some private schools.
       
  • Individualized assessments of executive functioning, memory, processing speed, learning
     
  • Assessments of functioning associated with neurodevelopmental, neurological, cardiovascular, genetic disorders, or traumatic brain injuries (i.e., concussions)

Our Expertise

Your assessment is performed by a Ph.D.-level psychologist from start to finish.  Our psychologists are highly trained in developmental cognitive and affective neuropsychology, meaning we are skilled not only in recognizing attentional and learning difficulties throughout development, but also in distinguishing them from the commonly co-occurring feelings of stress, anxiety, and sadness. Our psychologists are well-versed in the latest research and will incorporate this into your personalized treatment recommendations. We will also help advocate for needed services.  

Our assessments are conducted by Dr. Sarah Ordaz

 

concerns often addressed
through assessments include:

 

In Adults:

  • Difficulties concentrating
     
  • Feeling overwhelmed
     
  • Difficulty organizing or communicating ideas effectively
     
  • Time management problems
     
  • Difficulty finishing tasks
     
  • Interrupting others
     
  • Making impulsive decisions

In Children & teens: 

  • Feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork

  • Taking a long time to complete homework

  • Difficulty concentrating on schoolwork

  • Anxiety about schoolwork

  • Difficulty expressing thoughts clearly in writing

  • Poor grammar

  • Punctuation or capitalization errors

  • Slow, laborious reading

  • Difficulty grasping math concepts

  • Difficult-to-read, laborious handwriting

Getting Started

Prospective clients can set up a complimentary, 15 minute phone consultation at www.pacificanxietygroup.com/new.  We will guide you through assessment process, answer any questions you may have, and schedule you for a consultation or IQ testing.