What to Expect from Psychological testing in Saint Paul
Venture Therapy offers a free 20-minute consultation to discuss concerns and determine if psychological testing is appropriate. All testing, reporting writing, and feedback is completed by Dr. Matt Hall. Testing is typically completed in two or three, two-hour sessions. Testing sessions will include clinical interview questions regarding concerns and relevant history, filling out rating scales and standardized questionnaires, and engaging in a wide variety of cognitive and academic tasks. After the testing is complete, the results will be written in a comprehensive report, and the results of the testing and recommendations will be thoroughly explained in a separate hour-long feedback session. The feedback session will include an in-depth presentation of the results, highlights of key strengths and weaknesses, diagnostic impressions, recommendations for home, school and work, and referral ideas. Following the completed evaluation process, we will continue to be available to answer any questions you may have about the testing, or how to obtain proper supports. We are also available to consult with educational or clinical providers who are currently working with you.
What Does Testing Look Like?
You or your child may be apprehensive to undergo psychological testing, but rest assured that there is nothing you or your child can do wrong here. This is simply a process to better understand how your child’s brain works. Testing includes a wide variety of activities to identify strengths and weakness in areas such as verbal reasoning, fluid reasoning, visual and spatial ability, working memory, processing speed, executive functioning, and academics. The tasks used to obtain this information are administered in a variety of ways such as through verbal response, paper and pencil, iPad, computer, manipulatives and selecting a response from several choices. Other information is gathered through observations during the testing, clinical interviews, rating scales, standardized questionnaires and a review of educational, clinical and medical records.
Things to Consider on the Day of Testing:
Get a good night’s sleep
Eat a full breakfast
Bring water and snacks to the appointment
Bring all necessary paperwork (e.g. intake forms, previous evaluations, school IEPs, 504 plans or evaluations). Specific information about what forms to bring to the first appointment will be covered during the initial phone conversation.