Lifeskills South Florida offers psychological testing as an optional service. Testing is designed to clarify diagnoses, determine a client’s needs and to provide more information for the client’s individualized treatment plan.
What are some reasons psychological testing might be recommended?
- Recent traumatic brain injury
- Determining an accurate diagnosis
- Recommending special needs for an educational setting.
What kind of testing will my loved one receive?
Each client referred for testing will be assessed on a core set of cognitive abilities and personality traits.
Intelligence testing helps us understand what a client’s cognitive strengths are as well as areas in which they may need additional support. Verbal skills, basic memory skills, reasoning or problem solving skills and processing speed are assessed.
Specific Memory Abilities
Specific types of memory skills are evaluated. This includes short term memory, long term memory, memory for information heard, and memory for information seen.
Understanding a person’s abilities in math, reading, comprehension and spelling help us determine if they have a specific learning disability.
Specific personality traits are determined. This information is used to understand what personality traits affect a person’s functioning both in healthy and unhealthy ways.
The client is given tests that have been scientifically proven to be accurate and valid in helping determine diagnoses. This helps to understand what specific areas your loved one is struggling with that affects their mental health.
Sometimes your loved one will be given additional tests. This is determined by specific information learned from the tests everyone receives. Additional assessment may include understanding potential thought disorders, neurological issues, or motivational issues.
Additional information for you (if the families and/or referents want to know what each test is designed to measure):
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV):
IQ and specific strengths and weakness in
- processing speed
- verbal skills
- executive functioning
- screening for possibility of ADHD
- visual spatial skills
- potential learning struggles
Wechsler Memory Scale-Fourth Edition (WMS-IV)
- auditory memory
- visual memory
- determining recommendations for the best way to present information for processing and retention
- delayed memory abilities
- immediate learning abilities
Wide Range Achievement Test- Fourth Edition (WRAT4)
Assesses current grade level in:
- word reading
- math computation
- sentence comprehension
- overall reading abilities
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2)
Assesses and “teases out” Axis I and II diagnoses
Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III)
Similar to the MMPI-2, but focuses more on personality disorders
Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.)
The TOVA is a non-verbal (not based on self-report) test for ADHD. It determines attention issues in both an auditory and visual mode.
Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS)
Determines whether there is a presence of a psychotic spectrum disorder and what specific constellation of symptoms a person is experiencing.
Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM)
Assesses if a person is “faking” memory problems
The Neuropsychological Impairment Scale (NIS)
If it appears a person may have a brain injury or more serious impairment, this assesses for potential areas of concern. It helps define what areas may need to be assessed in more depth by an outside provider.