Comprehensive Testing

Comprehensive Testing
Welcome to The SOAR Program! The SOAR Program’s neurodiversity affirmative licensed psychologists offer comprehensive testing services, including: neuropsychological, psychological (including social-emotional), psychoeducational, developmental, giftedness (including ‘2E’), and admissions testing. Testing is available for individuals of all ages, and we are inclusive and welcoming to all. The psychologist matched to each individual personally provides all testing services, data driven reports, observations, and recommendations. We do not rely on students, techs, or psychology associates for testing, as it is imperative to us that we provide the highest level of care, based on the highest level of training and experience. Our psychologists utilize standardized testing measures and projective tools, and provide diagnoses, interpretations, and recommendations informed by the latest in neuroscience, psychology, and education research. Our testing team offers years of experience in the area. We are familiar with local public and private schools, and their testing requirements. Our psychologists collaborate with school teams, educational attorneys, and school placement specialists/educational consultants. We attend meetings for 504 Plans, IEPs, and learning support plans. SOAR also offer pre-adoption evaluations.

Some reasons you might seek testing for yourself or your child/teen include:

  • Treatment planning
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Medication decisions
  • Developmental Delays
  • Concerns with academic progress and/or skills (e.g., reading, writing, math)
  • Difficulty completing school or work assignments
  • Concerns about mood and emotions, including those related to sadness, anxiety, worry, anger, frustration, mood swings, irritability, etc.
  • Social struggles and/or social skills deficits
  • Concerns with intellectual and/or cognitive ability
  • Concerns about attention, concentration/focus, executive functioning (including memory and processing speed), distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsivity, behavior, and/or self-regulation
  • Test Anxiety
  • Slow performance speed
  • Concerns about language and/or sensory regulation
  • Concerns about Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Concerns related to adoption history and attachment
  • Concerns about the impact of genetic or medical diagnosis or experiences
  • Trauma experiences and/or significant loss
  • ‘Twice Exceptional’ presentation (e.g., intellectually gifted with attention, learning, and/or social-emotional concerns)
  • Giftedness
  • Admissions Testing and School Placement
  • IEE
  • Support for the 504/IEP Process (special education evaluation, including expert witness testimony if necessary)
  • SAT/ACT and graduate exam accommodations
  • Pre-Adoption Screening
Testing at a Glance
Prior to testing, we will complete an intake with the adult, or the parents/caregivers of the child, needing testing. We will work together to develop an initial testing plan. Since testing is personalized based on the needs of each individual, the psychologist may recommend including additional or fewer test measures once testing has begun, and strengths and vulnerabilities emerge. If you are not sure whether testing is the answer for you or your child, please call us. We’ll meet for intake, or for a ‘next steps’ consultation based on our preliminary discussion, to help you determine the best way to move forward.
We recognize that some of our patients may be limited by language, attentional, sensorimotor, and other delays. We will do our very best to accommodate, and will refer out when we are unable to do so. For example, we are able to utilize nonverbal testing measures for those who need them.
We want the testing process to be as positive an experience as possible. Our psychologists will greet each child, teen, and adult with empathy, and strive to build strong rapport. We will provide support, encouragement, reassurance, and positive feedback, even when test protocol does not allow us to answer certain questions, state whether a response is correct/incorrect, or rephrase directions. Breaks with children and teens may include game play, quiet time, or conversation, based on the individual’s preference, needs, and realistic time considerations.
It is important to understand that we cannot ethically guarantee any specific diagnosis will or will be not be made as a result of testing, or than there will be any diagnosis at all. Rather, diagnosis is based on interpretation of the test data, background history, and integration of all consultations, checklists, and observations. Regardless of whether a diagnosis/diagnoses is/are found, our psychologists will explain findings based on strengths and vulnerabilities in depth in the report, and provide recommendations and referrals. Feedback and reports are provided approximately two weeks after testing is completed. I
If you are interested in a list of the test measures, we have available, please contact us. We are always updating our testing library!