A psychological evaluation is a way to answer questions about mental and emotional problems. The results can give you the information you need to be sure you are doing what is right for you and your child.
Evaluations are usually given by psychologists.
The request for an evaluation may come from the court, school, healthcare provider, or parents. Testing may be needed to:
The psychologist usually starts with an interview with your child that lasts at least an hour. The psychologist may also talk with parents and teachers, review medical records, and decide what tests are needed.
The psychologist will speak with your child. He or she will ask questions about:
Parents may be asked questions such as:
Your child's teacher may be asked about:
There are many kinds of psychological tests. These tests can help identify what the problem is, how severe it is, what it will mean for the child, and what can be done to help. Your child may have tests to:
After all interviews and tests are completed, you will receive a report that shows the results. The report will also give you ideas for treatment options to help your child.