Specialized Practice of Diagnostic Assessment, Neuropsychological Testing, Psychological Testing and Educational Assessment
Sue Wallington Quinlan, Ph.D.
Parents seek assessment for a variety of reasons. Sometimes concerns emerge about the child’s development or performance in school or in the social arena. In some cases testing is undertaken for information to assist in educational planning.
Occasionally, when parents have found testing information helpful with one child, they may seek testing for a sibling in order to have comparable information for understanding and guidance.
Schools sometimes initiate the request for an evaluation, more frequently independent schools, though occasionally a public school system will request an independent evaluation.
Testing can even come about in response to a child's concerns about his own learning experiences, and this is a most promising situation since the child is already aware and open to recommendations.