ASSESSMENTS

A variety of assessment services are conducted at Beacon Pediatric Behavioral Health, including:

  • Gifted Testing
  • Psycho-educational assessments:
    • Identification of Specific Learning Disorders (Dyslexia/Impairment in Reading, Dysgraphia/Impairment in Written Expression, Dyscalculia/Impairment in Mathematics)
    • Identification of Developmental Delays
    • Determination of unique student profile of academic, cognitive, and neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses
  • Diagnostic psychological evaluations
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Mood or Depressive Disorders
    • Disruptive Behavior Disorders (Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, etc.)

Depending on presenting concerns, a psychological or psycho-educational evaluation may be recommended by your therapist or requested by the caregiver. An assessment is typically necessary for diagnostic clarification (e.g., to rule out diagnoses such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder , Learning Disorders, etc.) and can be helpful for treatment planning. At times, an evaluation may be warranted when a child is struggling at school. Assessment results can provide a detailed explanation of the child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and learning style, which is often useful in determining appropriate academic interventions and accommodations. Additionally, a Gifted Evaluation may be requested by parents to determine if a child displays the intellectual strengths typical of a ‘Gifted’ child, as required for placement within the Gifted and Talented program of the public school system. All assessment tools used at BPBH are valid and reliable measures regularly utilized in the field of clinical and school psychology and are recognized and accepted by the public school districts in Florida.