Diagnostic Evaluations and Assessments


One of the biggest challenges faced in the world of mental health treatment is misdiagnosis and inaccurate assessments. This occurs due to the fact that many psychological disorders have overlapping and interconnected symptoms, which make it harder to pinpoint the root cause of a client’s condition.

Two people can experience the same mental illness in very different ways as everyone perceives their reality differently. This subjectivity brings along with it a degree of vagueness that needs to be tackled by highly-skilled psychologists and psychiatrists.

Therapists often deal with clients who show a myriad of symptoms that point in multiple directions. In order to accurately assess the nature, cause, and treatment for a particular condition, a comprehensive, evidence-based approach needs to be used. Our team of therapists at Aspiring Families has decades of experience in treating some of the most complex psychological conditions.

What Does a Diagnostic Evaluation or Assessment Include?

We provide evaluations and assessments for children, teens, college students, and adults. To better identify the specific underlying issues, we conduct diagnostic evaluations and assessments that accurately pinpoint the developmental, emotional, cognitive, academic, personal, and social components of any given condition.

We utilize state-of-the-art, standardized, and valid diagnostic tests, in addition to a comprehensive clinical interview, along with school and home observations to generate a complete report with scores and specific recommendations that will be provided to you.

Typically, the process includes:

  • Detailed diagnostic interview(s) with the client, parents, family, teachers, partner, and significant others.
  • School and In-Home Observations
  • Specific testing utilizing state-of-the-art, standardized, valid, and reliable measures to assess focused areas of strengths and vulnerabilities related to the presenting issues.
  • Diagnostic testing for ADHD, Executive Functioning, IQ, Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, Memory, Developmental Delays, Visual-Spatial Abilities, Visual Motor Abilities, Processing Speed, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Eating Disorders, Personality Testing, and Spectrum Disorders.
  • A consultation with the pediatrician or primary full time care physician.
  • A review of the medical and educational history and reports including medications, medical illnesses, previous testing, evaluations, school/IEP reports, and medical and psychiatric records.
  • Collaborative information from previous psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • A medical consultation with our medical director.
  • A comprehensive report will be provided to you that includes specific targeted recommendations for schools, colleges, homes, and the professional environment. The report can be utilized to obtain school and college accommodations via 504’s and Individualized Educational Plans, and accommodations for standardized school and college tests.
  • The psychologist conducting the assessment and writing the report will facilitate and support you through the process of obtaining further psycho-educational support privately, in school or in college, and for standardized required tests. At your request, the psychologist will also attend any 504 and IEP meetings at your school.

Find a Diagnostic Evaluations Expert Near You

The team of therapists at our center of mental health care provides an integrated, evidence-based, bio-psycho-social approach to effectively treat a range of disorders. We provide positive, structured, goal-oriented therapy, and in-home and in-school interventions to diminish symptoms and support individuals and children in learning adaptive tools to cope and succeed in academic, socio-emotional, and professional realms.

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