Psychological Testing Services Psychological Testing and ADHD testing services at Fayetteville Psychotherapy Associates

Psychological testing services for adults at Fayetteville Psychotherapy Associates is provided by Heather Shy, LPC. Heather has received extensive graduate training and post-graduate experience in psychological test administration, scoring, and report writing, using a variety of testing instruments.

Assessments provided include: adaptive functioning, psychoeducational, cognitive, and objective testing. These assessments are used to provide a differential diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.

All evaluations include:

Fees:

Initial interview- $250/90 minutes

Test administration- $175/hour (number of hours required depends upon type of evaluation.)

Clinician scoring and interpretation of testing and report writing- $175/hour (number of hours total depends on type of evaluation)

Follow up session- $175/hour

The following types of evaluations are offered:

Differential Diagnosis

Identifying a specific diagnosis or problem area is often key to addressing an individuals mental, behavioral, and emotial health. Arriving at a diagnosis is not always easy and sometimes requires additional tools, such as objective psychological testing.

Psychological testing can be a valuable tool in determining a precise diagnosis, which can then aid in determining appropriate, helpful recommendations for treatment. Testing is often used as one begins treatment, or to help improve treatment after a period of little or no progress or after hitting a plateau.

Objective Psychological Testing can identify issues related to:

ADHD:

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that usually first becomes apparent between the ages of 3 and 6. It is highly publicized as a disorder that is present during childhood. What is much less well known is that many children with ADHD will still have it as adults. Several studies done in recent years estimate that between 30 an 70% of children with ADHD continue to exhibit symptoms as adults.

There are three types of ADHD:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Type:

    Often becomes easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds. May fail to pay attention to details and make careless mistakes. Experiences difficulty following instructions carefully and often loses or forgets things like tools needed for a task. Can be seen skipping from one uncompleted activity to another.

  • Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type:

    Seem "on the go" or constantly in motion. May feel internally restless. May report needing to stay busy or needing to do several things at once.

  • Combined Type:

    Symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity/impusivity.

A correct diagnosis of ADHD can bring a sense of relief. Undiagnosed individuals often develop negative perceptions of themselves that may lead to low self-esteem in adulthood, difficulty in the workplace, and relational difficulties. With an accurate diagnosis, adults with ADHD can begin to understand the reason behind the everyday challenges they experience and begin to face them.

Various performance tests and rating scales are offered to evaluate the appropriateness of a diagnosis of ADHD and screen for other possible comorbidities to be considered.


Cognitive/Adaptive/Psychoeducational Testing:

Wechsler's definition of intelligence: "Intelligence is the aggregate or global capacity of the individual to act purposefully, to think rationally, and to deal effectively with his environment." I.Q. testing is available to create a profile of an individual's functioning across four specific domains of intelligence: verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed.

Achievemnt testing is available to identify academic strengths and weaknesses of an individual; inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services, educational placement, or diagnosis of a specific learning disability; and design instructional objectives and plan interventions.

Executive Function testing is used to capture an individual's ability to maintain appropriate regulatory control of his/her own behavior and emotional responses, initiate activity and generate problem-solving ideas, sustain working memory, plan and organize problem-solving approaches, monitor success and failure in problem solving, and organize one's materials and environment.

The types of testing mentioned above can be used in combination to help determine a diffential diagnosis, for example, a diagnosis of ADHD, and whether a specific learning issues/disorder may be present. This information can help guide treatment, identify strengths and weaknesses, and inform agencies, schools, physicians, and others of certain accomodations or interventions that may be helpful or necessary.

Please contact our offices to inquire about testing services and appointment availability.