The Psychologists and Theropists of the Clinical Associates of East Texas are experienced in numerous therapeutic areas for children, adolescents and adults.
A psychological evaluation or mental examination is an examination into a person's mental health by a mental health professional such as a psychologist. A psychological evaluation may or may not result in a diagnosis of a mental illness. It is the mental equivalent of a physical examination.
There are literally hundreds of psychological tests in existence. The best known among these are several tests of intelligence yielding the IQ score (the Stanford-Binet, and the Weschler tests). These and other similar tests are commonly used to classify people into mentally retarded, learning disabled, normal and gifted categories for school purposes.
Testing and evaluation of children are formalized measures to assess a variety of mental abilities and attributes, including:achievement and ability, personality, neurological functioning, as well as to diagnose Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disability or disorder, academic ability, developmental delay or intellectual functioning. Many times, parents or teachers grow to suspect that a child is not performing up to his or her potential in school or home environment.
The child may have difficulty learning to read, may have trouble focusing for more than a few minutes, may struggle with organizational skills, may earn failing grades in school, or may struggle with behaviors which prevent them from being successful at school, home, or with peers.
Testing with children combines a thorough history of the child, observation of the child, reports from teachers and parents, and a child's performance on standard, norm-referenced tests to determine the presence of psychological, developmental, or behavioral disorders.
After testing is completed, parents meet with the psychologist to review the findings and recommendations based on the diagnosis and the child's needs. Recommendations may address the child's educational needs by offering suggestions to teachers for classroom management of behaviors or curriculum modifications or accommodations.
Recommendations may also offer specific strategies to improve the child's functioning at home in order to improve mood, compliance, or motivation. Recommendations also include whether medications are beneficial in treating the diagnosis. Often, the psychologist meets with the child to help them understand the meaning of the diagnosis in terms they can understand.
Adult Psychological testing and assessment are fullfilled by different means. The client may request testing directly, an employer may request, or testing may be ordered by the courts. The Clinical Psychologists and Theropists here at Clinical Associates have the experience in conducting evaluations used by law enforcement agencies to determine fitness for duty.
Conducting evaluations ordered by courts in cases of child custody. Conduct neuropsychological testing to clarify the presence of dementia or Alzheimer's disease in elders. Our professionals also conduct intellectual and personality testing, and assist in pre-surgical evaluations.
Recommendations can be used to assist the individual in work readiness, treatment planning, custody arrangements, or the presence of mood or intellectual impairments which qualify the individual for special services through local or governmental agencies. Testing services we offer include the assessment of:
The psychological and neuropsychological tests in use by the professionals at Clinical Associates are carefully selected and have demonstrated through research the ability to accurately and consistently predict particular skills or neurocognitive functions.
A comprehensive psychological report can then be generated by integrating test results and scores with data gathered from the patient.
While in certain instances psychological testing can assist in a diagnosis, ultimately the goal of the professionals at Clinical Assocites is to interprete and make a concise and informed recommendation. Recommendations are designed to help patients remediate the effects of the psychiatric, neurocognitive, and/or emotional conditions identified and are given only within the context of having demonstrated effectiveness through clinical research.
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Clinical Associates of East Texas
2010 Sybil Lane
Tyler, Texas 75703
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