Psych Lab Psychology Center

Scientific psychotherapy in Long Beach, California

Phone (562) 684-1300

Email help@psychlab.us

Educational testing psychologists in Long Beach, California

Psychoeducational testing for children 8 & up, teens, and college students

Students feel the best — and achieve the most — when they’re given the right kind of scaffolding for growth and development.

For gifted & talented kids, that means an enriched environment with plenty of opportunities for creativity and intellectual curiosity. For kids with ADHD, learning disabilities, or intellectual disabilities, that means getting access to school accommodations and targeted therapies to help them overcome limitations and access their strengths. For "twice-exceptional" kids, who have special intellectual gifts combined with unique challenges, the right combination of environmental and family support can be the difference between traumatic failure & frustration, or tremendous success.


Get started now:

  1. Request a free consultation (click here)
  2. Complete some screening questionnaires to determine what's needed
  3. Meet with your psychologist for an evaluation
  4. Get recommendations to help you accept yourself and live your life more fully

Psychologists who take the time to understand

Dr. David Godot, Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Long Beach, CA

Dr. David Godot

Supervising Psychologist
 

Experienced in school neuropsychology and autism spectrum, Dr. Godot specializes in mental health diagnosis, and helping to differentiate complex symptoms or co-occuring disorders.

Carmela DuBois, Associate Psychologist in Long Beach, CA

Dr. Carmela DuBois

Psychological Associate
 

Dr. DuBois has classroom experience teaching immersion and special education students, and specializes in behavioral observation and intervention.


What is Psychoeducational Testing?

Also called school neuropsychology testing, a psychoeducational test battery combines cognitive (IQ) testing with academic achievement testing. This allows us to examine the discrepancies between a student's raw intellectual power and their ability to apply that strength toward important school-related tasks.

What tests are in a Psychoeducational Test Battery?

The tests we most commonly use are:

  1. The Wechsler IQ tests (WAIS-IV for adults and WISC-V for children)
  2. The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III)
  3. A Millon objective personality test (MCMI, MACI, or M-PACI) for students aged 9+
  4. Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-3)

All assessments include clinical interviews with the student, and with parents and/or teachers where indicated.

What conditions does Psychoeducational Testing diagnose?

This type of testing helps to identify mental, neurological, and sensory conditions affecting a student's performance, and the accomodations most likely to help them succeed:

  • giftedness
  • intellectual disability
  • specific learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)
  • auditory and language processing disorders
  • visual perception & visual-motor deficits
  • nonverbal learning disabilities
  • neurodevelopmental disabilities like ADHD or Autism Spectrum
  • psychiatric disorders that interfere with cognition & learning

How long does Psychoeducational Testing take?

The testing process takes 4 to 8 hours of face-to-face time in the office. This is usually split between two days — consecutively, if possible.

After the tests are administered, the psychologist begins a complex analysis. The results of all tests, interviews, and in-office observations are integrated to understand the student's unique strengths and weaknesses across many areas of functioning. These insights are then written up into a detailed report, intended to provide understanding and clear recomendations for the student, parents, and educators.

Who conducts Psychoeducational Testing?

Certain types of educational testing are conducted in school, often by the school psychologist. School psychologist assessments tend to focus on behavioral observations, and the recommendations they provide usually focus on classroom accomodations. Additionally, because the school system is often backlogged with requests for psychoeducational evaluations, they may have stringent standards about who qualifies to be evaluated and what criterion are used to establish a diagnosis.

Our assessments are performed by clinical psychologists trained to recognize and treat a wide range of neuropsychological, mental health, and learning conditions. As a result, private testing is often more likely to produce recommendations for services outside the school system that can help a student overcome limitations and maximize their strengths.

How much does Psychoeducational Testing cost?

Current pricing can be found at https://psychlab.us/faq/costs/

Does insurance cover psychoeducational testing?

Generally, no. Most insurance companies do not seem to consider educational testing "medically necessary" and so do not provide coverage. In some cases, there may be medical history or physician referral which establishes a medical necessity.