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Psychological Testing and Assessment

Psychological tests are written, visual, or verbal evaluations to assess the cognitive and emotional functioning of children and adults.  They measure mental abilities including achievement and ability, personality, and neuropsychological functioning.  They are one "piece of the puzzle" in a psychological assessment.

Achievement, ability, and intelligence tests can be used as an aid for school placement, to determine the presence of a learning disability or developmental delay.  Intelligence tests measure the level of an individual's intellectual functioning and cognitive ability. Common ability tests include the Wechsler Intelligence Tests.

Personality tests are administered to help in diagnosing psychopathology such as a personality depressive or psychotic disorder.  They evaluate the thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behavioral traits that make up personality. Test results reveal personality strengths and weaknesses and can identify disturbances in personality. Common personality tests include the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory.  Other personality tests are projective.  These include the Rorschach Test and the Thematic Apperception Test.

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Neuropsychological Testing and Assessment

Neuropsychological testing and evaluation allow psychologists to determine how an individualís brain is functioning and how brain-related issues are impacting cognitive functioning.  The emphasis of the evaluation is to identify the pattern of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and weaknesses and to provide specific treatment recommendations or clarify diagnostic questions.

Neuropsychological evaluations utilize paper-and-pencil or computerized tests that measure cognitive abilities including:

  • Learning and memory

  • Attention and concentration

  • Information processing speed

  • Language and communication

  • Visual perception

Neuropsychological testing typically is requested when there are questions about specific conditions that can impact cognitive functioning including:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Learning disabilities

  • Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsonís disease, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and sleep disorders

  • Alzheimerís disease or other dementia-related problems

  • Medical conditions including cardiac problems or thyroid dysfunction

  • Emotional issues such as depression or anxiety

Based on neuropsychological testing results and other clinical information a person's cognitive strengths, learning style, and potential areas of cognitive weakness are identified. Treatment recommendations may include individualized strategies for overcoming problems, psychotherapy, and/or psychopharmacological treatment.

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For Additional Information Contact:
Linda Bedsole, Psy.D.
Creative Psychology, Ltd.
3305 Opengate Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Tel: 815-444-8469
Internet: Bedsole@CreativePsychologyLtd.com

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