ASSESSMENT & TESTING
NCFWC provides a range of assessment/testing services. Assessments help answer specific questions regarding an individual’s intellectual, academic, developmental, and psychosocial functioning. The purpose of an assessment may include diagnostic clarity, treatment planning, academic recommendations, and identification of appropriate future services. We work with families to determine their goals for Assessment and Testing which then drive which testing protocols and assessment procedures will be administered and the overall cost.
See below for descriptions of the range of assessments we provide.
NCFWC practitioners offer psychiatric assessment and treatment services that involve a comprehensive diagnostic assessment, treatment planning recommendations, and evaluation and follow up for possible medication management of psychiatric symptoms. Psychiatric assessments are conducted by a board-certified MD psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. An initial evaluation includes but is not limited to diagnosing and treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavior disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Our practitioners use their medical expertise to assess the role of medical and genetic factors in psychiatric symptoms and will also make recommendations for lifestyle interventions or further laboratory testing when indicated.
Psychological/Educational reports are often used in meetings with academic professionals to determine appropriate school placement and accommodations. They are also critical to the work of healthcare professionals for treatment purposes for gaining insight into a child’s level of cognitive functioning, perceptual abilities, and emotional and behavioral struggles.
NCFWC offers a variety of psychological testing services including but not limited to:
Comprehensive Psychological, Educational, Emotional, and/or Behavioral Assessment
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Specific Learning Disorder Testing
Specific Emotional and Behavioral Diagnostic Assessment
ADHD AND/OR SPECIFIC LEARNING DISORDER ASSESSMENT
Testing for ADHD and/or Specific Learning Disordders includes a comprehensive assessment of cognition (e.g., learning, memory, language, visuospatial skills, fine motor skills, attention, executive functions) and emotional and behavioral functioning to identify a child’s strengths and needs. This information is used for academic and treatment planning on its own or is added on to the above “Psycho-educational Assessment” to provide a more comprehensive assessment.
Neuropsychological tests are beneficial for children with possible learning, attention, or other cognitive problems that may include questions of:
Specific Learning Disorders
Nonverbal Learning Disability
DEVELOPMENTAL AND AUTISM DISORDER ASSESSMENTS
Developmental tests measure a child’s cognitive, adaptive, behavioral, and social functioning relative to their same-aged peers. These tests help to identify strengths and delays in development, diagnose developmental disabilities, provide treatment recommendations, access community resources, and prepare for future interventions. This developmental assessment includes the Psychological/Educational Assessment.
Developmental testing is recommended for children with possible intellectual, adaptive, behavioral, and social delays that may include concerns regarding:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Social Communication Disorder
Global Developmental Delay
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT
We believe that speech-language evaluations can be vital in determining the origins of struggles children and adolescents experience at home, in school, and at play.
During these assessments, the speech-language pathologist examines the following areas of concern:
Receptive language, the language he or she understands when spoken to
Expressive language, the language used by him or her for communication
Articulation, how he or she makes speech sounds
Pragmatics, otherwise known as social language
People often aren’t sure where to start with therapy. They hear buzz words about different kinds of therapy but don’t know what they mean. In addition, it can be hard to determine what is going on with a child or with oneself or even within a family such that is even harder to know where to begin. NCFWC offers initial therapy assessments to address these questions.
During these assessments, a clinical psychologist or therapist trained in clinical interviewing meets with the individual and/or with any significant family members. Clinical interviews and standardized questionnaires are used to arrive at a working definition of presenting issues to be addressed in therapy. We then provide an assessment summary and recommended next steps which can be used to inform a wellness plan at NCFWC or can be used to access appropriate services elsewhere.
A QEEG, or quantitative electroencephalogram, is a method for assessing electrical activity in the brain. Sensors that can detect very small amplitudes of electrical activity are placed at 19 sites on the scalp. EEG is then recorded while the client sits quietly. A trained professional then visually inspects the recorded signals.
The brainwave data that are gathered are then statistically compared to a sophisticated and large normative database that provides scientifically objective information on how the brain should be functioning at the client’s age. This assessment procedure allows the professional to then determine whether a client’s brainwave patterns are significantly different from normal, and if so, how and where they differ. An initial QEEG is done prior to designing a training protocol and at points during treatment to assess progress.
Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center provides nutritional assessment services, which includes evaluating an individual’s or family’s food and nutrient intake, knowledge and beliefs surrounding food, physical activity, and nutrition quality of life.
The licensed dietitian nutritionist conducts nutrition assessments that provide information concerning:
Unintentional Weight Loss or Gain
Excessive or Inadequate Food Intake
Undesirable food choices
Imbalance of Nutrients
Poor Nutrition Quality of Life
Food and Nutrition-Related Knowledge Deficit
Harmful Beliefs / Attitudes About Food and Nutrition
Family struggles with children surrounding food
COMPREHENSIVE ‘DELUXE’ ASSESSMENT PACKAGE
Standard Fee: $4,000
Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center is uniquely positioned to offer a Comprehensive Assessment Package for those wanting to leave no stone uncovered. After completion, clients are scheduled for a clinical feedback session where they receive a written report of findings.
The Comprehensive Assessment Package includes the following:
Psychiatric interview by MD Psychiatrist
Psychosocial interview with client and key family members and/or teachers by trained Psychologists and Therapists
Two-dimensional and three-dimensional brain mapping with quantitative analysis by a board-certified QEEG technician
Nutrition assessment by a Registered Dietician
Full Cognitive, Academic, and Psychological Testing by a Clinical Psychologist
Labs and genetic testing are can also be incorporated using outside clinics who will carry their own charges.