Psychological Assessment Service

The Yale Child Study Center Psychological Assessment Service has a long history of providing a broad range of testing services to school-age children and youth throughout Connecticut. Common referrals include: IQ testing, giftedness testing, educational testing for learning disabilities, neuropsychological testing of executive functioning, memory, and attention, second opinions, and assessment of personality and behavioral functioning. We provide comprehensive evaluations for elementary, middle school and high school age children.

A psychological evaluation can address:

  • Strengths and weaknesses in intellectual development
  • Developmental delays, intellectual or social disabilities
  • Strengths and weakness in basic academic skills and learning
  • Problems in neuropsychological functioning such as inattention, memory or executive functioning
  • Problems with behavioral adjustment or emotional functioning such as depression or anxiety

Our evaluations include highly detailed and individualized recommendations that can be used by parents, clinicians, and school districts to determine school placement, to develop an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) at a Planning and Placement Team meeting (PPT), to develop strategies for behavioral management within the home and school, and to provide therapists with recommendations for treatment planning.

Types of Assessments

The Psychological Assessment Service considers the whole child, the family, school, and community in the evaluation process. During the evaluation process, an individualized testing plan is designed by the evaluator, based on the unique needs of the child or adolescent and the questions to be answered within the evaluation. Types of Assessment:

INTELLIGENCE TESTING: We conduct a thorough evaluation of a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, which can include assessing developmental delays, intellectual giftedness, intellectual disabilities, kindergarten readiness, language and communication skills, nonverbal reasoning skills, and processing speed.

ACHIEVEMENT TESTING: Educational testing examines academic achievement in order to determine the student’s skill level in areas of reading, mathematics and writing. The psychoeducational assessment can determine the student’s academic strengths and determine if the student has a specific learning disability such as dyslexia. Academic testing results lead to detailed educational recommendations that can be used to create Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) for Special Education, 504 Plans, and well as general educational planning.

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING: Neuropsychological assessments include testing in the areas of memory and attention skills, including testing for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The testing can also include assessment of executive functioning such as planning and organizational skills.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL AND PERSONALITY EVALUATION: Assessments may include evaluation of the student’s behavioral, emotional, and social skills which may affect a child or adolescent's functioning at home and at school. We can include measures of depression, anxiety and adaptive skills in the testing, as well as provide a specific psychiatric diagnosis as is necessary.

The Yale Child Study Center Psychological Assessment Service is conveniently located in New Haven, Connecticut near interstates 95, 91, and the route 34 connector. To find out more about our services, please call (203) 785-6227. Our fax number is (203) 785-7400.