Every situation is different and we do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to assessment and testing. We always develop a test battery that is designed to focus on clarifying your child’s specific strengths and challenges. Cognitive testing (Intelligence, or IQ, testing) is a standard test included in most assessments. IQ testing is important for us to determine your child’s cognitive ability level in order to determine if their level of functioning in academic performance is where we would *expect* it to be, given their aptitude, or if there is a significant difference that exists between their performance and their underlying ability. We will administer tests to document your child’s specific learning challenge, which usually involves formal achievement tests and sometimes some neuropsychological tests and behavioral and emotional assessments.
Your provider will discuss the recommended tests with you after conducting an initial interview with you (and sometimes your child). On occasion, a test that is administered for another purpose, such as IQ testing for school admission, will reveal strengths or weaknesses that may need to be clarified with additional testing. In those situations we will explain the results and offer our recommendations for additional testing. We will always check with you first before administering tests that were not originally requested.