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PSYCHOLOGICAL & PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS

We provide comprehensive evaluations in a number of areas including:  Pre-Employment, Disabilities, Behavioral / Personality, School Readiness, Vocational, Emotional Support Animals, Giftedness, Learning Problems, ADHD and Autism.  

UNDERSTANDING TESTING & ASSESSMENTS

What is a Psychological Assessment?

Psychological Assessment refers to a battery of tests administered to evaluate your intellectual, learning, emotional and/or behavioral functioning. The test battery varies depending upon the referral question(s), and can include a structured interview, assessment of intellectual capability, learning/processing measures, measures of attention and memory, academic achievement measures, projective measures, self-report surveys, parent and third party checklists, and possibly in vivo observations. Testing sessions are typically scheduled during the morning when most people function at their best. One or two testing sessions may be scheduled, depending on the number of tests/measures being given. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding specific names of tests that will be administered during testing.


Fees for our assessments include administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests; it also requires the psychologist to prepare a written report and meet with parents to review results. The cost for a full assessment is determined by the total number of hours required by the psychologist(s) to complete the full evaluation process from testing time with your child to results review session with you and can range from $650 to $2800. A partial payment is usually required when your appointment is booked, partial payment is collected on the day of testing and the balance is due at the feedback session. Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card.  

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WHAT TYPES OF EVALUATIONS ARE OFFERED?

Psycho-educational Assessment

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This type of assessment provides evaluation of cognitive and learning processes, giftedness, attention deficits and autism spectrum disorders. Evaluation may include a comprehensive clinical interview, behavioral observations, review of educational / medical records as needed, cognitive, achievement testing, testing of sustained attention and screening measures related to mood factors that impact academic and social functioning. 

Testing for Gifted Programming

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Depending on age of individual admission criteria, one of the following tests will be administered: WPPSI-IV, WISC-IV, WAIS-IV, Stanford-Binet, WJ-III Cognitive, or the Test of Nonverbal Intelligence. Testing is done in a quiet and calm environment. Letter of eligibility includes a description of test measure(s) used and a summary of full scale and index scores (including percentile rank and age equivalence where appropriate). 

Psychological Assessment

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This assessment evaluates both cognitive and personality factors and includes a comprehensive clinical interview, review of all relevant medical and educational records, plus an evaluation of personality characteristics, mood states, behavioral functioning, and social-emotional functioning. A written report details all areas tested and provides an accurate diagnoses. Appropriate accommodations are documented and treatment recommendations and referral information are provided. A feedback session is also included, in-office, over the phone, or via email, depending on the client's preference. 

Cannabis Evaluations & Consultations

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Find out if medical cannabis is right for you! During the evaluation, Dr. Brinson will assess your condition and perform any necessary tests. You’ll then receive a plan of treatment, along with recommendations. Evaluations can be conducted in our office or in the comfort of your home by phone.

*Please note that by law, Dr. Brinson is not able to prescribe marijuana.*

Comprehensive Psychological Assessment

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This assessment evaluates both cognitive and personality factors and includes a comprehensive clinical interview, review of all relevant medical and educational records, a full assessment of cognitive and learning abilities (see Psych-Ed Assessment for description) plus a full evaluation of personality characteristics, mood states, behavioral functioning, and social-emotional functioning. A written report details all areas tested and provides an accurate diagnoses.  A feedback session is also included, in-office, over the phone, or over email, depending on the client's preference.

Forensic Psychological Assessment

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Forensic evaluations include a comprehensive clinical interview, review of all relevant medical, educational, occupational, and legal records; a full clinical assessment of mental status, cognitive abilities, personality characteristics, behavioral functioning, pathology, and motivational features as appropriate, attorney consultation, research (as needed), and a written report of test results, diagnoses, and recommendations. Expert Testimony is available at the rate of $225/hr.

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Emotional Support Animal Evaluations (ESAs)

What Is an Emotional Support Dog?

Although all dogs offer an emotional connection with their owner, to legally be considered an emotional support dog, the pet needs to be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to a person with a disabling mental illness. A therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist, for example, must decide that the presence of the animal is needed for the mental health of the patient. For example, owning a pet might ease a person’s anxiety or give him a focus in life.


Emotional Support Dog vs. Service Dogs


Although ESAs provide support through companionship and can help ease anxiety, depression, and certain phobias, they are not service dogs and do not have the same rights. While a service dog, such as a guide dog, is generally allowed anywhere the public is allowed, ESAs are not. So they cannot accompany their owners into restaurants or shopping malls, for example. 

Please call our office to make an appointment for ESA evaluation.