1. Clinical Interview. The first step in the evaluation process involves information-gathering, which is completed through an in-depth clinical interview with the parent or adult client. The examiner will ask many detailed questions about developmental, medical, behavioral, and academic history, as well as for information about current concerns.
2. Completion of Paperwork and Questionnaires. The examiner will ask the client to complete initial paperwork outlining clinic policies and the services to be conducted. These forms include informed consent for the evaluation, information about privacy laws, developmental history forms, and rating scales.
3. Administration of Assessments. The examinee will be administered a battery of standardized assessments by the examiner. The specific assessments vary depending on the referral concern as well as the individual’s age, but may include tests to obtain information about intellectual functioning, academic skills, cognitive processing abilities, and behavioral and social-emotional functioning.
4. Report and Feedback Session. Upon completion of the evaluation, the examiner will prepare a comprehensive report, to include information about performance on assessment measures, analysis of strengths and weaknesses, diagnostic conclusions, and recommendations for interventions or enhancements that can be made within the home and school environments, if applicable. A feedback session will be scheduled to review the information included in the report and to answer any questions the client may have.