Child Psychological Assessments
Child Psychological Evaluations in Marin County
Dr. Silva Hassert works with school-age children to young adults. Her focus is on diagnosing ADHD, Learning Disorders, and other psychological conditions that can co-occur (such as depression or anxiety). Dr. Hassert provides comprehensive psychological assessments that examine all areas of functioning to make the most accurate diagnoses and recommendations. The information gathered from psychological assessments can be used to support educational planning.
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, formerly ADD)?
ADHD develops during childhood. ADHD symptoms vary from student to student. Youth who struggle with attention may have trouble concentrating on one task. They may be easily distracted or restless. Some may have difficulty staying seated, feel compelled to do multiple things at once, or react quickly without thought. Despite understanding the consequences of their behavior, youth with ADHD face difficulty controlling or changing their behavior. While it is normal for children to exhibit some of these behaviors, inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are indications of ADHD. ADHD can make learning and maintaining friendships very challenging. Learn More.
What is a Learning Disorder?
Learning challenges are generally present from birth, but often do not appear until children are in school.
Students with Learning Disorders see, hear, and understand information differently than others. These differences can impact the learning of basic skills (reading, writing, or math) or higher-level skills (organizing, planning, reasoning abstractly, or remembering complex things). Students may struggle to learn in more than one area. Learning difficulties are not related to intelligence, nor are they related to vision, hearing, or motor problems. Students can be both smart and motivated and still struggle to learn. Learn More.
Who would benefit from a child psychological evaluation in Marin County?
Students who participate in psychological assessment often struggle to pay attention or learn. This can cause frustration and parents may be uncertain about how they can help. Psychological assessments may be requested by parents, teachers, or physicians so they can understand how students think, learn, and solve problems. Psychological assessment is a great intervention for students as it provides an in-depth understanding of their individual abilities. It can identify obstacles that make learning and functioning more challenging. Psychological assessment provides a framework for understanding students and helps them to be more successful at school, home, and with peers.
Dr. Hassert’s specialties include:
IQ test (i.e., intelligence tests)
tests for anxiety
tests for depression
Differential diagnoses are especially important for the psychological assessment because certain diagnoses, such as ADHD, can be masked by other psychological symptoms. Research has shown that students can often have more than one condition occurring simultaneously (e.g., ADHD in addition to a Learning Disorder or an Anxiety Disorder).
Some questions that psychological assessment can help answer:
My child seems distracted and has problems connecting socially with peers. Could my child have ADHD?
My child appears to have trouble learning. Does my child process information differently from others?
My child seems to have problems with reading. What would help my child feel more confident and be more successful?
Is my child eligible for testing accommodations at school or on standardized tests/entrance exams?
What is the process of a child psychological assessment like?
Generally, psychological assessment includes the following:
A diagnostic interview that lasts approximately 75 minutes. Dr. Hassert asks questions about a student’s symptoms and gathers other pertinent background information. She asks about how specific symptoms impact functioning at home, school, with peers, or on the job. For young children, the initial interview includes only the parents.
Psychological testing may examine the areas of: intelligence, academic achievement, attention, executive functioning, visual-motor functioning, learning, memory, and personality. Both standard paper-pencil measures and computerized tasks are used. Testing involves two sessions lasting approximately 3-4 hours per session. The length of the testing depends on the specific questions being asked and the problems being addressed. If additional psychological testing will be helpful, Dr. Hassert will discuss this with you ahead of time.
Standardized behavior rating scales are completed by the student (age dependent), parents/observers, and teachers.
It may also be appropriate to arrange for school observations in the classroom and gather information from collateral sources (teachers and other relevant school personnel).
A post-testing feedback session that lasts 75 minutes with the parents and/or student (age dependent). The assessment results are explained and organized into a comprehensive written report. The parents and/or student receives a copy of the report that they can share with others (e.g., the school or physician). The report includes the student’s background information, testing data, summary of scores, and recommendations. It will highlight the student’s strengths and challenges. Dr. Hassert will discuss academic accommodations, if supported by testing, and learning supports so parents can facilitate their child’s learning at school and at home. Having this knowledge can help the student and their parents feel empowered in their current situation.
Parents or schools might ask Dr. Hassert to participate in a meeting to share the testing results and discuss how to optimize education for the student. She is happy to help support the student and family in this way.
Is a psychological assessment covered by my insurance?
Dr. Hassert is not a provider for any insurance plans, however, you may contact your provider and ask about their policy for covering psychological assessment. Dr. Hassert is able to provide an itemized account of her work that you can submit to your insurance plan.
Child Psychological Assessments in Marin County, CA
Dr. Silva Hassert at Mind Rising Psychological Assessment offers child psychological tests for children in Marin County, CA. She serves San Rafael, Sausalito, Novato, Mill Valley, and the surrounding areas.
851 Irwin St. Ste. 200D San Rafael, CA 94901 Phone: 415-417-4147