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THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Comprehensive, individualized assessment for children, adolescents & adults

step one:

GATHER INFO

We listen to your concerns and gather information from your child and their teachers. If needed, we observe your child at school. We develop a nuanced understanding of what is going on with your child: behavior, mood, learning, strengths & weaknesses. 

step two:

testing

We use our deep knowledge of child development, learning, and assessment to choose tests that help us understand your child's strengths and weaknesses. We then drill down to get at the "why" underneath the struggles, sorting out what is typical and what is cause for concern. 

step three:

RECOMMENDATIONS

Our reports tell a story in easy-to-understand language, without jargon. We include only what is relevant and useful, giving you a clear sense of immediate next steps to help your child. You won’t have to wait long; we pride ourselves on our quick turnaround time. 

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assessment packages

Is your child struggling in school? You’ve come to the right place.

FULL Learning Evaluation

 

If your child is struggling in school, you may find yourself wondering, "Why is my child not achieving up to potential?" This package is for you if you would like to find out if your child's academic difficulties are due to poor study skills, issues with learning and memory, attention/executive functioning (ADHD), emotional issues, or whether there might be a learning disability in:

  • Reading (dyslexia)

  • Mathematics (dyscalculia)

  • Writing (dysgraphia)

 

May include assessment of:

  • Cognitive ability

  • Memory

  • Attention/executive functioning

  • Academic achievement

  • Phonological processing (sounding out words) 

  • Expressive and receptive language 

  • Mathematics calculation and problem solving

  • Writing skills

  • Mood/anxiety/trauma

This package includes:

  • Comprehensive assessment based on a broad testing battery

  • Thorough written report with personalized recommendations

  • 90-minute feedback session with parents

  • 30-minute feedback session with child

Learning disabilities are treatable and respond well to the proper instruction once identified. Our reports contain results that can help you make the case for school-provided services and targeted instruction. 

Individuals who might benefit include:

  • Not working up to potential with no easily identifiable cause

  • Diagnosis is unclear

  • Difficulty sounding out words, rhyming 

  • Slow, labored, or choppy reading

  • Trouble with reading comprehension

  • Poor spelling

  • Difficulty with handwriting, note taking

  • Struggles with writing organization 

  • Frequent mistakes with capitalization, grammar, punctuation

  • Trouble with math facts, counting, estimating, calculating percentages, or making change

  • Homework avoidance

  • Anxiety or irritability associated with homework, reading, writing, or math

  • Transitioning schools and need strategies to make a fresh start

  • Possible giftedness

autism assessment

 

As parents, it's frustrating to see your child struggling with simple things that other children seem to have no problem with and not know why. You may find yourself wondering: "Is my child Autistic?" If you want to know whether your child may qualify for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, this package is for you.

 

Accurate diagnosis requires assessment of: 

  • Cognitive ability

  • Social interaction 

  • Behavioral evaluation

  • Adaptive functioning

  • Sensory processing

  • Language and communication

 

This package includes:

  • Thorough testing battery focused on ASD assessment

  • Comprehensive written report with personalized recommendations

  • 60-minute feedback session with parents

  • 30-minute feedback session with child

 

Our testing can identify whether your child is on the spectrum and what services they may benefit from.

Individuals who might benefit include:

  • Not meeting developmental milestones on time, delayed language

  • Trouble with sensory overload, (loud noises, tags on shirts, bright lights)

  • Socially withdrawn or difficulty making friends

  • Repetitive behaviors, like hand flapping or rocking

  • Intensely passionate about a narrow range of interests

  • Difficulty interpreting body language, making eye contact, recognizing and expressing emotion

  • Need for routine and trouble with unpredictability or change in schedule

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ADULT ADHD Assessment

Does adulting seem harder for you than for others? Are you easily bored and crave novelty? Do you find yourself looking back on the struggles you had in school and wondering if ADHD might explain it? Do you find yourself having difficulty with:

  • Staying on top of work tasks, managing bills

  • Following schedules, showing up on time

  • Meeting deadlines

  • Attending to details

  • Tolerating frustration

  • Listening

  • Managing relationships  

 

Accurate diagnosis requires assessment of: 

  • Cognitive ability

  • Executive functioning

  • Attention (using computerized attention testing, the gold standard in ADHD assessment)

  • Learning and memory

 

This package includes:

  • Thorough testing battery focused on executive functioning

  • Comprehensive written report with personalized recommendations

  • 60-minute feedback session 

ADHD Assessment

 

It can be hard to know if your child's level of activity, disorganization, and distractibility are normal for childhood. You may find yourself wondering: "Does my child have ADHD?" If you want to know whether your child may qualify for a diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, this package is for you.

 

Accurate diagnosis requires assessment of: 

  • Cognitive ability

  • Executive functioning

  • Attention (using computerized attention testing, the gold standard in ADHD assessment)

  • Learning and memory

Accurate diagnosis requires more than symptom checklists. Especially since treatment often involves stimulant medication, it's important to receive a well-substantiated diagnosis before proceeding with treatment. You can feel confident our knowledgeable, experienced psychologists will tell you honestly if your child qualifies for a diagnosis of ADHD or not.

 

This package includes:

  • Testing battery focused on executive functioning

  • Comprehensive written report with personalized recommendations

  • 60-minute feedback session with parents

  • 30-minute feedback session with child

 

Individuals who might benefit include:

  • Bright but not working up to potential

  • Difficulty getting started on homework, following through on tasks, or paying attention

  • Frequently forgetful or needs multiple reminders

  • Hyperactive, always going, unable to sit still 

  • Interrupts or blurts out

  • Frequent or intense emotional outbursts

  • Trouble with planning, organization, or staying on task

  • Impulsive, gets in trouble at school

  • Loses track of belongings

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throughout the process...

     … we will listen carefully 

     … we will take the time to understand fully 

     … we will focus on what matters

     … we will respond swiftly to your needs 

     … you will feel seen, heard, and understood

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At Portage Psychology, you’ll walk away with...

     … a new lens to understand what’s been going on

     … clinically relevant information

     … your questions answered thoroughly

     … clear and step-by-step recommendations

     … an action plan for success

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