IQ Testing for the Gifted

If your child seems advanced, or delayed, for his or her age, it may be helpful to learn more about various strengths and/or weaknesses for early intervention purposes by obtaining a cognitive test for IQ.

IQ Testing, also called Cognitive, Intelligence or Ability Testing, is designed to predict cognitive ability for school success. Typically vocabulary, visual-spatial skills and memory are evaluated with age appropriate tools. Also, visual-motor processing speed, fluid reasoning and quantitative reasoning may be measured. The individual’s performance is then compared with a national sample of individuals the same age in order to make predictions about strengths and weaknesses.

Advanced students┬átypically demonstrate accelerated skills as a pre-school child. Once they are in school, they may be eligible for Gifted resource programming. An individually administered IQ test with a report from this office may facilitate your student’s eligibility for these services. The cost includes a one-half-hour feedback session to review the results with the parent.

IQ Testing for the Developmentally Delayed

Developmentally delayed students require early intervention. Early identification is crucial for those with any kind of developmental delay and our providers have at their disposal a wide variety of tools for identification purposes. We recommend a comprehensive evaluation rather than just an IQ test in order to explore many facets of the child. We may use the Stanford-Binet, a Wechsler Scale, the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability, the Reynolds (RIAS) or the Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test (UNIT). Questionnaires and Observation Schedules such as the ASRS and Adaptive Behavior measures (ABAS 3)

Educational Evaluation

Our office offers comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation for students of all ages, to include those needing accommodations for SAT/ACT, college and/or professional licensing boards. It is used to determine learning disabilities and/or strengths and weaknesses in learning style.

Specific Learning Disabilities (also called “dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia”) are deficits in any one or more of the following areas: word decoding skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, math calculation, math fluency, math reasoning, writing fluency, or organization of written expression, because of a cognitive processing deficit. Nonverbal Learning Disorders, Developmental Delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders can also be identified with this type of evaluation.

The evaluation includes a review of records, developmental/social history, questionnaires (completed by family members, teachers and student), clinical interview and sometimes screening for Sensory Processing Disorder. Administration of an IQ test, Achievement and Cognitive Processing testing, along with continuous performance testing, completes the package and can also rule-in or rule-out possible attention issues.

Once the evaluation is complete, a one-hour feedback session will be scheduled to review the results with the individual and/or parents. The purchaser of the service, and/or parents of a minor child, will receive a copy of the report, which will give the results of testing, diagnosis, referral to community resources and educational recommendations. The Educational Recommendations section of the report is a separate document so that students can become familiar with strategies needed for their own success.

For a helpful checklist of symptoms go to:
www.ncld.org/images/stories/Publications/Forms-Checklists-Flyers-Handouts/ldchecklistbw.pdf

Behavior and Personality Evaluation

The office of Dr. Wanda Eppes & Associates offers a Psychological evaluation to diagnose mood, personality and behavior issues in individuals of all ages. It includes a review of records, developmental/social history, questionnaires (completed by family members, teachers and individual) and clinical interview. Objective and projective testing for mood, personality and behavior issues are included. A brief report will be generated giving probable diagnoses, if any, clinical impressions and recommendations which will be mailed to the purchaser of services. Additional time can also be scheduled for counseling or consultation as the need arises.

This Psychological Evaluation can also be included with the educational evaluation with scheduling of additional time and cost. The results can be included in the Educational Evaluation report or can be written as a separate report.