Comprehensive Assessments

Comprehensive assessments are conducted to help those affected better understand all of the factors that contribute to a perceived problem. The goal of the assessment is to assist those (individual, family, client) better understand the ability, strengths, challenges, and perceptions of the individual being assessed. In so doing, those involved can feel better understood and unstuck so progress can once again be made. Below are some reasons that assessments are made:

  • Determine Academic Eligibility (I.E.P. /504)
  • Identify Learning Needs
  • ADHD Testing
  • Diagnostic Clarity/Differential Diagnosis
  • Understand Behavioral Problems
  • Understand Effects of Trauma

A comprehensive assessment is an examination of an individual’s academic, cognitive, perceptual, and emotional functioning, as well as one's ability to reason and make use of the information coming in through their senses. To complete such an assessment the examiner will conduct several interviews with "collateral contacts" (e.g., teachers, day care providers, family members, Parole Officers, Social Workers etc...) and observe the child or adult (if appropriate) at school or work. Lastly, the examiner will spend a great deal of time interacting with the individual through the testing phase of the assessment. The testing phase consists of the client being administered several different measures (depending upon the initial question). Tests administered are both structured (hands on, paper and pencil tasks) and unstructured (drawings or story telling). Each test will provide the examiner with useful information about the functioning of the client. The testing process is broken up into three phases.

Phase 1:  Interview and Data Gathering 

Phase 2: Testing, Interpretation, and Report Writing

Phase 3: Feedback

This type of assessment is comprehensive and are generally used as a map to help guide the patient, as well as others involved in the patients life, how to navigate through a world that can be overwhelming.  The comprehensive assessment results/report can be used to inform support and services for;

Academic/School Based Needs

504 Plans
Independent Education Plans (I.E.P.)
Independent Education Evaluations (I.E.E.)
Testing Accommodations

or Standardized Tests

GRE
LSAT
MCAT, etc..

Work Related Needs

  • Disability Support
  • Work Accommodations
  • Readiness to Return-To-Work

Medical/ Mental Health Needs

  • Determine Level of Impairment For Sufferers of  
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Alzheimer's 
    • Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and other Autoimmune Diseases