Intelligence assessments via standardized tests are utilized to measure:
- overall intelligence level
- learning disabilities
- processing speed
- intellectual delays
- cognitive abilities in different domains
Standardized achievement testing in conjunction with intelligence testing is utilized to determine learning disorders, such as math, reading, or writing disorders. Visual-motor difficulties can also be evaluated. Achievement testing assesses specific age-based and grade-based academic performance in different areas of academic work to identify the level of performance for the child or adult.
State of the art, computer-based and standardized measures are utilized to diagnose ADHD, inattentive and hyperactive type. Severity and prominent domains of symptoms are also assessed to better gauge difficulties, which provides critical information to the school and psychiatrist necessary for treatment interventions.
Standardized measures accurately assess and distinguish between vulnerabilities and strengths in short and long-term memory, auditory, verbal, and visual memory, and immediate and delayed recall.
Sometimes an individual does not have a learning disability or attention/processing symptoms, yet he/she continues to struggle with achievement in school or work. Testing focused on specific memory difficulties accurately provides information related to memory-based cognitive vulnerabilities that could be interfering with achievement and success.
Sometimes children may not be on track for their cognitive, social, emotional, language, and daily skills development. Concerns about mental retardation, autism, asperger’s, or other developmental problems such as eating, toilet training, and social skills may require testing for a differential diagnosis.
Standardized testing can specifically identify the delays to guide appropriate recommendations in terms of schools, treatment interventions, and parent guidance.