Why Consider Testing?

Our clients are curious about the world  – and themselves. Some come to us because they’ve been struggling in school. They may feel frustrated or worried about their future. School problems can even lead to conflict and stress within the family.

Others come to us as they are getting ready for kindergarten or college, or as adults that are already finished with school. All are seeking to better understand their own cognitive strengths and challenges.

Testing is a process of discovery and may include academic testing, as well as cognitive and neuropsychological batteries. We examine test data in the context of national norms — that is, How is my child doing compared to other students who are the same age? — and, often more interestingly, the peaks and valleys within the individual’s own profile.

What To Expect

  • You or your student will work individually with a credentialed learning specialist, an educational psychologist, and/or a clinical neuropsychologist
  • Evaluation packages range from academic benchmarking to comprehensive assessments for diagnosing learning differences, including dyslexia and other challenges such as ADHD
  • Includes a written report and conferences as needed
  • Our specialists are available to review prior assessment reports and other existing information to determine the best way to answer the questions about your child

Testing Benefits

  • Can help answer questions, such as:
    • Does my child have a learning difference, such as dyslexia?
    • Could my child have ADHD, even when they…
      • can read or play video games for hours?
      • may or may not seem overly active?
      • seem extremely bright?
    • What is my student’s learning style?
  • Provides data to inform recommendations and strategies to address areas of concern
  • Testing at QWERTY can also provide important information to:
    • Facilitate school placement
    • Determine eligibility for special education services and accommodations
    • Document a student’s need for alternative test taking procedures
  • Students:
    • gain confidence from improved self-knowledge.
    • learn to take pride in their strengths
    • learn that the important question is not, “How smart am I?” but rather, “How am I smart?”

Types of Educational Testing

“Snapshot” Evaluations

Can be completed in a single session:

  • Academic Profile — (a.k.a. “Achievement Testing”)
    • Examines progress in school-related areas
    • Valuable for identifying areas for support and enrichment
  • Intellectual Profile — (a.k.a. “IQ Testing”)
    • Understand core strengths and challenges related to thinking and reasoning
    • Sometimes used for school admissions

Psychoeducational Profile

Recommended for most students who are seeking academic support.

  • Focuses on the student’s current skills and functioning
  • Compares areas of academic achievement in relation to the student’s intellectual profile
  • Includes IQ and achievement testing, plus learning and memory measures
  • Suitable for children 6+ years
  • Can be completed in 2–3 testing sessions

Psychoeducational Evaluation

Recommended for students experiencing longer-term difficulties in school or when a learning difference is suspected.

  • Integrates cognitive and academic testing with information from the student’s developmental and learning history
  • Includes a review of any prior testing
  • Computer-based testing provides objective data for assessing attentional difficulties
  • 3–4 sessions of testing

Comprehensive Assessment

Most in-depth, individualized evaluation of brain-based processes, skills, abilities, and functioning.

  • Evaluates neuropsychological measures in the context of developmental history, behavior, and social-emotional functioning
  • Seeks to explain why and how difficulties occur
  • Test selection remains flexible as information emerges during the assessment process
  • 4–6 sessions of testing

Free Initial Consultation

To contact us in our Menlo Park office, please call (650) 326-8484 or use the contact form below to arrange a no-cost telephone consultation to discuss your questions, concerns and education goals.

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