Before the day of your appointment, our staff will be in communication with you to gather necessary information and to provide you with initial self-report tests for yourself, someone who can report on your symptoms in childhood (such as a parent or sibling), and someone who can report on your symptoms today (such as a spouse or family member). Some of these tests may be taken online, using a private and secure link sent via email. Other times, these tests may be paper and pen tests. For these, we will provide you with a stamped return envelope. In most cases, it is essential that these pre-appointment tests be completed and returned before the date of your appointment in order to continue the testing.
On the day of your appointment, you will meet with an assessment team that will consist of a licensed psychologist and an associate with specialized training in testing. The day will begin with an hour-long conversation with the assessment team to go over the problems you are experiencing as well as some general history that will help the team understand the “big picture”.
After this interview, you will complete a number of tests that look at attention, hyperactivity, emotional functioning, and overall personality. Most of these tests are computer-administered. You may also take a test that summarizes your general cognitive functioning. The length of time these tests take vary, but average around 2-3 hours. You will be allowed to take breaks as needed to keep you comfortable and motivated.
After the testing is complete, the assessment team will meet with you again to ask any follow-up questions and to discuss the next steps. The next step may vary; if appropriate, you may be excused for lunch and invited back for a feedback session later in the same day. Other times, the results of the tests may indicate the need for additional tests related to other potential causes of and your assessment team might recommend further testing to be scheduled on another day.
At the end of testing, you can expect a one-hour feedback session that communicates the results of the test and whether you meet the diagnosis criteria for any particular disorder. The feedback session will also include recommendations for treatment. You will receive a 6-8 page assessment report in the mail that summarizes the findings and the recommendations for your use.