What is a Psychological Assessment?
The application of science + art
We integrate empirical data with qualitative observations using a flexible battery of assessment measures, determined by each client's needs to create a comprehensive picture of each client's strengths and weaknesses.
Sound psychological assessment is both a science and an art, requiring the integration of empirical data with qualitative observations. As such, assessments are completed by a psychologist with advanced level training in assessment and measurement. Typically, these individuals have a concentration in School Psychology or Neuropsychology, meaning that they have completed additional coursework and practicum training specifically in assessment.
The psychologist with advanced level training in assessment administers the tests, to allow for qualitative observations of how the child or client approached a task or derived at an answer. This information regarding the process is as meaningful as the ultimate score attained on a given task. Additionally, when the psychologist administers the tests, he or she is able to observe the client across a wider range of tasks for an extended period of time.
The battery of assessment measures used is flexible rather than set or templated. More specifically, as the psychologist is working with the client, the tests selected for use can be tailored to answer the specific referral question and to follow up on any strengths and weaknesses gleaned throughout the assessment. Our psychologists have a wide range of tools available for use.
The written report completed following an assessment is an integrated product. It integrates converging information and highlights themes apparent throughout the data. This data is explicitly tied to information provided regarding the client's performance at home and at school. Recommendations are tailored to meet the client's needs across settings. Findings are communicated in person to the parents, and when appropriate, to the client. Consultation with teachers and other professionals are also provided along with referrals for any necessary interventions.
Ultimately, quantitative and qualitative information is obtained and interpreted by the psychologist to create a comprehensive picture of each client's strengths and weaknesses.
Who would benefit from working with a psychologist at Greenville Assessments & Learning Specialists?
- Preschool and school age children and young adults
- Students struggling with learning
- Students experiencing test anxiety
- Students having difficulty with organization, focus and attention in school
- Children and adolescents experiencing social difficulties
- Students in need of additional educational planning
- High school graduates going on to college
- Students with disabilities, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, Autism
- Adults with ADHD or Learning Disabilities looking for help with returning to school or becoming more efficient in their work