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Often, the first step toward academic, psychological, or behavior improvement is to understand the source of the problem. While the purpose of testing and assessment varies, it can be essential when attempting to identify an accurate diagnosis and provide educational and treatment recommendations for children and adolescents.

At The Counseling Group, we provide comprehensive psychoeducational, neuropsychological, and psycho-diagnostic evaluations that are individualized based on your specific needs. We will work with you to understand your particular concerns and choose a testing battery that will provide you with an understanding of the difficulties you are facing and their possible causes. Once we gather the assessment information, we will develop a personalized plan with specific recommendations to improve areas of weakness, capitalize on strengths, and set you or your loved one up for success.

Testing for Children & Adolescents

For children and teenagers, testing is typically conducted when they are having trouble with learning/academic work, attention/concentration skills, behavior, relationships with peers, or emotional regulation.

We often see students who have been referred by a teacher due to difficulties listening and following directions, reading fluently, remembering previously learned information, or performing well on tests. They may also be acting out or appear sad, frustrated, or anxious in the classroom, which can further impact their school performance. If your child is continuing to struggle despite their best effort, it may be time to consider a psychoeducational evaluation.

Psychoeducational testing is used to assess the underlying nature of these problems, analyze individual strengths and weaknesses, and identify solutions to make school and learning a more positive experience. Testing can be particularly important for students who require specific accommodations in class or during exams, as well as for those who could benefit from a more challenging academic environment. Once testing is completed, a full report will be prepared and we will meet to review all of the results and ensure your understanding of the recommendations. We are also available to attend any school or IEP meetings to collaborate with teachers and support the implementation of the appropriate accommodations or services. 

Testing for children commonly addresses the following

  • Learning Disorders or Difficulties (Reading, Writing, Mathematics)

  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD /ADHD)

  • Gifted/Intelligence (IQ) Testing

  • Determination of appropriate accommodations for an IEP, 504 Plan, or standardized exams (FSA, SAT, ACT, etc.)

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Mood Concerns (e.g., Anxiety or Depression)

  • Behavioral Difficulties

  • Speech/Language and Communication Disorders

  • Memory Weaknesses

  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder


If you have any questions about the evaluation process or would like more information to determine if testing is right for you or your loved one, please call our office to schedule a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation.

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