Assessment / Testing

The foundation for successful treatment: proper diagnosis.

Children, adolescents and adults all require an accurate diagnosis before recommendations can be made for treatment. A thorough evaluation includes some form of psychological, personality, or academic testing.
Your assessment, along with the feedback it provides you, makes it possible for us to:

  • Quickly get to know you or your child.
  • Propose treatment recommendations tailored to your needs.
  • Drive continuing treatment.
  • Look back and see the progress you have made.
  • PLUS – it helps you understand yourself better, too!
Test results can be useful outside of therapy.

With your consent, your therapist can share what is learned in the evaluation with your healthcare providers such as a primary care doctor or psychiatrist. The evaluation results can be very helpful to them in making informed decisions about medication and general medical treatment.

If you or your child has been evaluated, a written report can be shared with outside institutions such as schools to develop individualized education plans (IEP’s) and decisions about accommodations for taking tests.

Evaluation Services:

General Assessment of Personality and Emotional Functioning

  • Used at the beginning of the therapy process to help develop an individualized treatment plan with specific treatment recommendations.
  • May be done at the request of psychiatrists and other medical professionals to help clarify diagnosis and assist in medication treatment decisions.


  • Used to assess for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adults.

Educational, Learning Disabilities and Developmental Disorders

  • Used to help determine Academically Gifted placement within the school system.
  • Used with children and adults to assess for learning disabilities and developmental disorders, such as dyslexia and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Early Entry to Kindergarten Evaluation

  • Used to assess your child’s readiness for early kindergarten entrance. READ MORE

    As a parent you may be trying to decide whether or not to send your four-year-old child on to kindergarten or complete a transitional kindergarten year. According to the North Carolina State Board of Education guidelines, a child who will be 4 years old by April 16th of the current year is Eligible for Early Entry into Kindergarten provided he or she:

    • “demonstrates an extraordinary level” of academic ability and aptitude
      • Scoring at the 98th percentile or higher on an Aptitude test (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence)
      • Scoring at the 98th percentile on an Achievement test (Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement)
    • “has the maturity to be successful in school.”

    Signs your child may meet the Early Entry criteria:

    • Is your child able to recognize the letters of the alphabet?
    • Is your child able to sound out simple words?
    • Is your child able to recognize numbers (at least 1-10)?
    • Is your child able to count to 10? Count to 20?
    • Does your child understand the concepts of more/less/equal to?
    • Does your child seem ready socially, emotionally and behaviorally?
    • Does your child show above-average academic performance and abilities?

    What to expect during an Early Kindergarten Evaluation at GMH:
    After April 16th of the current year, the early kindergarten evaluation may be completed. According to NC State rules, testing has to be conducted by a Licensed Psychologist or Psychological Associate. At GMH, a doctoral-level, fully licensed Psychologist who specializes in psycho-educational assessments will evaluate your child.

    • The evaluation often begins with a brief period of play, to ensure that your child feels comfortable.
    • Breaks will be provided during testing as needed.
    • After the testing is completed, you will be asked to wait while the psychologist goes over the testing to determine the results.
    • Our psychologist will then meet with you to explain the results of the testing.
    • You will receive a written report that summarizes your child’s evaluation and test results. N.C. public schools require a report for documentation purposes.


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