Opening the Door to Help: Evaluation Vs. Testing
September 11, 2019
Knowing when to get your child help and what to do for them can also be a confusing path to navigate. There are several avenues to consider, including evaluation and testing.
Evaluations include a set of in-depth screening questions which can help mental health providers narrow down treatment options like inpatient and outpatient therapy, in-school interventions or medication.
“If we do all those things and put additional supports in place around the child and don’t see a change or regression in their behavior, then we might look toward testing to get a more in-depth picture,” Dr. Ryder said.
Testing looks for cognitive strengths and weaknesses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and personality functioning. “Testing is a much more complex process and not the first thing you should do,” Dr. Ryder said.
Supportive Surroundings: What Parents Can Provide
When it comes to prevention, the following is key, according to Jamie Ryder, PhD, CHI Health Clinic psychologist:
“They need to have these things in order to perform their best,” Dr. Ryder said. “They’re always going. They’re always doing. They need balance in their life – a balance between school and fun. Not too much time on screens, social media and making sure they’re getting enough sleep.”