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Children's Home Society of Idaho

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NO WAIT - Pyschological Evaluations

Parents, doctors, and counselors often seek evaluations when they want to better understand a child or adolescent’s current functioning. Evaluations are conducted by psychologists and are tailored to the specific needs of the child/adolescent that may include measures of intellectual functioning (IQ), academic achievement, behavioral and emotional functioning and personality. Psychological evaluations can clarify factors affecting emotional and/or behavioral functioning and provide specific recommendations for treatment, as well as what parents can do at home to help their child function better.

common reasons for referral

  • Diagnosing or providing second opinions regarding
    disorders such as: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar
  • Disorders, or Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioral problems at home or school
  • Attention or concentration problems and impulsivity
  • Academic challenges and learning
  • Language delays and communication problems
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Memory  problems
  • Odd or unusual behaviors
  • Motor or verbal tics
  • Social difficulties
  • Psychotic symptoms
  • Trauma symptoms
  • Neuropsychological screening

what to expect

Evaluations include: an initial intake interview, testing, and a feedback  session. Before intake, paperwork will be sent to you in order to gain a detailed history of your child.  The clinician will then meet your child at the initial interview appointment and will gather further history, current symptoms, and will plan  the testing appointment. The testing appointment will usually last 2-4 hours on one or two days. The clinician will use observation  and standardized assessments to evaluate your child.  At the final feedback appointment, the clinician will compile all the data and provide you with a detailed report of the results and treatment recommendations.