Dannah Ziegert, Ph.D., Ed.S.
Specializing in Psychological Testing and Psychotherapy

PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

Unidentified learning difficulties whether in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood may result in an individual feeling frustrated and helpless.  Not only does their academic progress suffer, but their emotional well-being may be affected.  Psychological testing (“assessment” or “evaluation”) is a way of identifying psychological, intellectual, and learning processes that may interfere with an individual’s ability to function at their desired level.  

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Areas of Specialization


Children/Adolescents

Learning Disabilities
ADHD
Psychoeducational (Academic Testing)
Social-Emotional-Behavioral
Gifted

Adults
Learning Disabilities
ADHD
Psychoeducational (Academic Testing)

 

 


Psychological Testing Goals and Procedures


The focus of psychological testing is to identify a person’s strengths and weaknesses in educational and/or social-emotional areas and to develop a plan to improve functioning.  Testing often takes place over two to four sessions and may involve history gathering, administering tests, observing, reviewing records, and obtaining information from caregivers and teachers.  Feedback and guidance (oral and/or written) may be given to the individual, caregivers, and teachers depending on the needs and desires of the individual/caregiver.  Recommendations may include, but are not limited to:
  • Educational/learning strategies for home and school
  • Homework strategies
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Tutoring services
  • Accommodations for standardized examinations (e.g., SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Bar)
  • Extra time
  • Use of computer or calculator
  • Breaks
  • Private room
  • Speech, physical, and occupational therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavior management
  • Medication evaluation
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