Children are often referred to Sankofa psychologists by parents, teachers, doctors, or therapists for psychological testing. A psychological assessment examines the relationships between your child’s behaviors, academic abilities, cognitive functioning, and emotional functioning. Results of the psychological evaluation are used to indicate the best treatment options available for your child as well as determine if interventions or accommodations are necessary in the school setting.

Cognitive Assessments

Cognitive assessments are given to children to determine the impact of intellectual ability, academic skills, behaviors, and cognitive functioning on academic and psychological functioning. The results of the assessment assist in diagnoses and treatment of normal and abnormal developmental, educational, medical, psychiatric, and neuropsychological difficulties.
Cognitive assessments are given to children to determine the impact of intellectual ability, academic skills, behaviors, and cognitive functioning on academic and psychological functioning. The results of the assessment assist in diagnoses and treatment of normal and abnormal developmental, educational, medical, psychiatric, and neuropsychological difficulties.

Referrals are commonly made for the following:

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Educational Accommodations

Learning Difficulties

Speech/Language and Communication Disorders

Complex Medical Conditions

Additionally, Sankofa psychologists can screen for Autism Spectrum Disorders to determine if further testing with an Autism Spectrum Disorder specialist is necessary.

Emotional and Behavioral Assessments

Parents, teachers, or other health care professionals request emotional and behavioral assessments when a child is struggling in school, at home, or in peer relationships. Emotional and behavioral assessments are also requested by therapists when starting treatment or when treatment has stalled as these assessments help determine the best course of treatment.