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If you make the brave choice to start getting the mental health treatment you need and deserve, the first step in your journey is often psychological testing. While the term itself may seem intimidating, the process is not as frightening as it may seem. With compassionate professionals on your side, psychological testing can be an important part of healing.
“Psychological testing” describes standardized, evidence-based methods for evaluating a person’s mental, behavioral, or cognitive health. BHAB’s counselors can use tools such as written tests, clinical interviews, and observations to complete assessments.
BHAB uses psychological testing to:
Our team at Behavioral Health Associates of Broward will perform tests needed to gain an understanding of you or your loved one’s situation. The results will help us to put together a plan of action.
There are many types of psychological tests available today. While each provides unique perspectives on a person, professionals categorize these assessments into four types.
When you or your loved one come to BHAB, you will meet with a compassionate, knowledgeable professional. The first time you see your counselor, he or she may conduct what’s known as a clinical interview. During this time, the BHAB counselor will ask specific questions that help them determine what kind of help you may need moving forward.
Assessment of Intellectual Function
These assessments may include several types of tests, all of which help clinicians understand yours or your loved one’s intellectual abilities. For example, you or your loved one may be asked to take a written test and perform a few specific tasks. These assessments help our team understand your or you loved one’s unique intellectual abilities. BHAB can also use these assessments to determine the intellectual effects of a brain injury in you or a loved one.
Personalities are multi-faceted, so it often takes several types of tests to understand who you are. These assessments help determine if you or a loved one has a personality disorder and how you or a loved one may respond to certain treatments.
When you or a loved one comes to BHAB for behavioral assessments, our clinicians may ask you or your loved one to perform several tasks. These tasks vary on your or your loved one’s age and abilities. For example, our counselors may watch your child play with specific toys during the assessment.
As you or your loved one carry out the tasks, the specially trained BHAB professionals look for patterns that can provide insight into behavior. We can use what we learn in these assessments to diagnose behavioral disorders and make a personalized plan to change unwanted behaviors.
If you or your loved one needs psychological testing, you can trust BHAB to help. Our knowledgeable and caring professionals can conduct any of the following types of tests for you or your loved ones:
BHAB tests can help identify not only if you child is gifted, but also in which way. Researchers recognize that gifted learners come in five categories: intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, and academic. With this insight, you can make the decisions that are right for your special student.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
If you or a loved one is struggling in school or at work, you may suspect ADHD. While it’s most commonly seen in children, adults can live with ADHD as well. Getting a proper diagnosis is the first important step to getting help. In ADHD testing, your BHAB professional will ask about your medical history, symptoms that make you suspect ADHD, and how long the issue has been going on.
Specific Learning Disabilities and Developmental Delays
At BHAB, we take care of your family’s needs when we test for learning disabilities and developmental delays. Depending on your unique situation, our professionals watch your child complete tasks and/or ask you about the symptoms you notice. We can then make a proper diagnosis, answer all of your questions, and help you make a plan.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Assessments for autism spectrum disorder include several tests in which our counselors observe you or your loved one and ask questions about the possible symptoms. BHAB can walk you through each step with compassion and help you make a treatment plan regardless of the diagnosis.
Behavioral and Emotional Challenges
If you don’t have a specific test in mind, that’s OK. You may just know that you or your loved one needs help overcoming behavioral or emotional troubles. You can talk to BHAB professionals about your unique concerns. We can then make recommendations for tests that can help you and your loved one.
The idea of psychological testing can make many people uncomfortable, understandably. It’s important to remember that there is no passing or failing these tests and assessments. Furthermore, the results of the tests do not affect who you are. For example, someone on the autism spectrum has the same symptoms, whether they undergo psychological assessments or not.
If you or a loved one need psychological testing for any reason, you can count on BHAB. Our experienced and compassionate professionals can make the process as painless as possible. Our two convenient locations in Broward County can help you get started on your journey to mental wellness.
Coral Springs/Parkland: 11555 Heron Bay Blvd., 2nd Floor Coral Springs, FL 33076
Davie/Cooper City: 5890 South Pine Island Rd., Suite 201 Davie, FL 33328