Cognitive Abilities Assessment

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Cognitive Abilities Assessment procedure

The cognitive abilities assessment is a comprehensive assessment of the various cognitive processes which provide the foundation for all learning and behavior. We can conduct these assessments with children as young as 5 years of age and adults well into their 90’s.

The cognitive abilities assessments include psychometric/standardized testing, a clinical interview, both formal and informal observations, questionnaires and behavioral assessments. The assessment covers a broad range of skills and is therefore used in the evaluation of most learning disabilities, among other diagnoses. The areas assessed range from intellectual abilities to scholastic aptitude and achievement and may include the following areas:

  • Executive functioning
  • Language skills (ie. expressive and receptive language)
  • Comprehension-knowledge
  • Fluid reasoning
  • Short-term and working memory
  • Cognitive processing speed
  • Auditory processing
  • Long-term retrieval of information
  • Visual processing
  • Qualitative knowledge
  • Attention and concentration
  • Reading
  • Writing skills
  • Math skills
  • Visual-motor integration skills
  • Sensory Processing skills

Assessments that may be used in this domain include:

  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities – WJ-IV
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement – WJ-IV
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Oral Language – WJ-IV
  • Test of Non-Verbal Intelligence – TONI
  • Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function – BRIEF
  • Gray Oral Reading Tests – GORT-5
  • Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test – IVA-2
  • Test of Visual-Motor Skills – TVMS3
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children – BASC-3
  • Test of Auditory Processing Skills – TAPS-3
  • Quick Neurological Screening Test – QNST-3
  • Wide Range Achievement Test – WRAT-3

Standard Cognitive Testing

For children between the ages of 2 and 6 the standard assessment of cognitive processes will include both informal and formal measures, including testing in the primary areas of development. Parent and teacher questionnaires, as well as informal observations during play-based activities, are also used in the clinical evaluation process.

Your child’s skills are assessed using a variety of tests and modalities depending upon the severity of the issues, and the nature of the information that is needed to develop a treatment plan.

Neurodevelopmental assessments are an important part of early identification and early intervention for children who present with delays or who are at risk for delays. Comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessments can be used to identify children who are developing normally and those who are below their peers in the primary areas of development. The assessment will examine the following areas:

  • Cognitive skills
  • Communication skills- expressive and receptive language
  • Articulation/Phonology
  • Social-Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Adaptive skills

Kindergarten Readiness Testing

Kindergarten Readiness testing is also offered to determine whether or not a child is ready for the kindergarten experience. This test assesses the main skill sets that a child should have before entering kindergarten. It evaluates vocabulary, identification of letters, visual discrimination, phonemic awareness, comprehension and interpretation, and mathematical knowledge. This test is ideal for parents who are trying to determine if their child is ready for the kindergarten experience or if they need more time to develop the necessary skill sets.

Assessments that may be used in this domain are:

  • Developmental Assessment of Young Children – DAYC
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaires
  • Clinical Assessment of Articulation and Phonology – CAAP
  • Kaufman Speech Praxis Test for Children – KSPT
  • Fluharty Preschool Speech and Language Screening Test
  • Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program – VB-MAPP
  • Childhood Autism Rating Scale – CARS
  • Behavior Assessment System for Children – BASC3
  • Preschool Language Scales – PLS-5

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