People of all ages can participate in testing, although certain types of assessment are not recommended for children under age 6. Psychologists offer many different types of assessment, including psychological, educational, neuropsychological, forensic, and vocational. This blog will focus on psychological and educational testing, since these are offered at Four Corners Psychological Services.

Psychological Testing – As discussed in previous blogs, psychological testing consists of interviews and test measures designed to identify mental health symptoms and personality traits. Here are some of the benefits of psychological testing:

Clarifying Diagnosis: Making sense of the symptoms present
Understanding Personality: Gaining a better understanding of yourself or your child, and why you think, feel, and behave the way you do
Giving Direction for Treatment: Knowing more about yourself or your child can help with creating an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to the unique needs and personality style present

Educational Testing – As discussed in previous blogs, educational or “psychoeducational” testing consists of interviews, test measures, and rating scales to determine the cause of academic challenges. The benefits include:

Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses: Learn your or your child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses to help better understand their learning style and how to support them
Clarifying Diagnosis: Making sense of the symptoms present
Providing Validation: Confirming the reasons behind academic struggles can be validating in knowing that they are out of your control and not simply a poor reflection of you/your child
Providing Evidence for Services: Documenting a diagnosis and quantitative test results can demonstrate the need for accommodations that schools require
Helping with Educational Decision-Making: Knowing more about your child’s learning needs helps with planning which schools or colleges to attend to best suite those needs

Any time is the right time for testing. Ideally, testing would occur when issues are first emerging and before they reach a “crisis” point; however, getting answers is helpful at any time!