Evaluation and Testing

Psychological evaluation

Psychological evaluation involves a combination of tests or measures, which are determined based upon the desired area of assessment. The psychologists of The Westwood Group provide psychological evaluations for:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder of children and adults; ADHD
  • Intellectual Assessment for private school admission requirements
  • Preoperative Bariatric Surgery screening
  • Forensic evaluations for attorneys and courts as required
  • Addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex)
  • School systems, to develop a component of an educational plan for their students
  • Emotional and behavioral problems of children and adults
  • Treatment planning for therapists who want to develop a comprehensive overview

Testing

Testing Procedure for Adults (except bariatric surgery screening):

  • One-hour session to review the client/patient's history and reason for testing
  • Testing (may be several hours one day or spread over several sessions)
  • Review of testing results with the client/patient so they can understand the results and how the testing data is interpreted
  • Written evaluation -- This report will include recommendations for school, home and any other appropriate settings.

Testing Procedure for Children (anyone under age 18):

  • One-hour history review with parents or guardian -- Child usually does not attend this session
  • Testing (may be several hours one day or spread over several sessions) -- Child must be present and early morning appointment is desirable
  • Review of testing results so that the parents can understand the results and how the recommendations based on the evaluation are made -- Child does not attend session and guidance given to explain test results to child
  • Written evaluation to follow approximately one week after the review above -- This report will include recommendations for school, home and any other appropriate settings.

Insurance for evaluation and testing

  • Some insurance carriers cover evaluations
  • Court-ordered evaluations are generally not covered by insurance carriers
  • Fees for evaluation not covered by insurance are determined prior to the evaluation