More than half of children with ADHD also have co-existing learning disability that may impact their success and learning at school. Evaluation through psychological assessment can help identify cognitive, academic, social emotional, and executive functioning strengths and weaknesses.

Testing data, as well as information gathered through an intake interview, review of patient-provided school records, and rating scales is utilized. This multi-pronged approach provides a complete picture of patient’s learning profile. An additional optional feature can be advocacy within the school system for your child (charged at an hourly rate).

Our Comprehensive Testing Package

(APPROXIMATELY 7 ASSESSMENT HOURS)

The comprehensive evaluation includes:

  • In depth cognitive evaluation related to the seven domains of cognitive functioning that relate to learning (i.e. crystallized knowledge, short-term memory, and processing speed)

  • Academic testing in the areas of reading, writing, and math

  • Social-emotional evaluation, involving rating scales completed by parent, teacher, and student

  • Executive Functioning evaluation, involving rating scales completed by parent, teacher, and students ages 11 and older

Testing is typically broken up into two 3.5-hour testing sessions. Specific instruments and the make-up of testing is tailored to specific referral concerns. The evaluation report, which takes 6-8 weeks to write, identifies strengths and weaknesses and provides recommendations for further treatment.

Please note there is no guarantee that the special education process will be expedited or that the school will not request further information or evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a psychoeducational evaluation?

A psychoeducational evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation that is focused on learning and academic performance. Cognitive and academic skills are assessed directly, while social- emotional and executive functioning skills are assessed using parent, teacher, and student ratings. The report also includes parent and teacher input, a review of records, and health history. Following testing, a comprehensive report is written and the examiner meets with the parents within 6-8 weeks to review the results. This evaluation helps identify if a student has a learning disability or learning difference, and may help differentiate between the impact of symptoms of ADHD versus learning ability. This evaluation does not diagnose conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, or depression; however, information gathered in this evaluation can be shared with a therapist or doctor to contribute to the diagnostic process.

What ages do you evaluate? Do you see adults?

The Hallowell Todaro Center provides psychoeducational evaluations for students in grades 1 through 12. At this time, we do not work with adults.

What is included in the evaluation?

Testing typically takes place in two 3.5 hour testing sessions. The first session includes a basic cognitive (IQ) test and general academic testing; the second session is tailored to the individual student’s needs and may include focused academic evaluation, memory evaluation, and more in depth cognitive testing. Parents and teachers are asked to complete social-emotional and executive functioning rating scales; the student completes rating scales as well, as is age- appropriate. Upon completion of the evaluation, the examiner will score and analyze all data. Within 6-8 weeks after testing is completed, she will meet with the family to review results and share the comprehensive evaluation report.

When should I consider having my child tested?

  • When the child is having difficulties in learning, attention, memory, social skills, or behavior: A child may be experiencing these difficulties for a variety of reasons. A psychoeducational evaluation can help clarify why a student is struggling and provide guidance as to how to help the student succeed. This may include recommendations for IEP or 504 services and accommodations.

  • When the child has recently received a diagnosis, such as ADHD, anxiety or depression: Psychoeducational testing at the time of diagnosis can be helpful in establishing a “baseline” level of functioning. The evaluation can help determine targets for intervention and provide recommendations to support the student across settings. Testing can help determine if there are factors related to learning that may be impacting the child’s present difficulties.

  • Some key times that may be ideal for an evaluation:

    • When the student is going transition to a higher level of education (such as from elementary to middle school) in order to get appropriate supports set up for the new school setting (start this process as early as possible)

    • For SAT/ACT accommodations: typically, testing companies want the student to have undergone the evaluation in high school, and need to have documentation of using accommodations for at least four months

    • Anytime a child is struggling in school!

How far out are you booked? How long does it take to receive the results of the evaluation?

  • Typically, appointments are available within two weeks to three months following the psychoeducational intake with the examiner.

  • Typically, results are ready 6-8 weeks following the completion of testing.

Will my child’s school accept the results of testing?

Most public and private schools will consider the results and will implement recommendations, however, they are not required to. Although more comprehensive than a typical school evaluation, the psychoeducational assessment instruments are chosen to align with tests the school typically uses for easy transfer. The school may choose to do their own evaluation with their own test battery, or may choose to incorporate the results of this evaluation. The Hallowell Todaro Center has consultants available to work with the school on implementing evaluation recommendations if needed.