Why is an assessment important?
In many instances, assessments provide the necessary objective data required to understand a presenting concern. For BMG, comprehensive assessments are conducted for children, adolescents and adults who experience behavioral, social-emotional difficulties, and/or learning challenges. The information obtained from such assessments is used to guide the treatment planning, instruction and overall learning experience for each person.
Psychoeducational testing is designed to be a comprehensive assessment of one’s academic and cognitive functioning. This form of testing is often performed when there is evidence of recurrent, unexplained academic concerns. Such an evaluation will help guide the identification of appropriate school and college-based interventions if deemed necessary. It should be noted that psychoeducational testing is not covered by insurance.
We provide comprehensive assessments at every stage of development
Early Learners – Ages 3-6
Such assessments are designed for children ages 3-6 to measure their: (1) Achievement level – tests are administered to assess a child’s mastery of a specific skill. (2) Readiness – assesses a child’s relative knowledge of a specific skill necessary for the next grade level. (3) Developmental Screening – Administered to determine if a child is at possible risk for persistent learning difficulties. (4) Socio-emotional competencies – assesses how a child feels about him/herself as well as assesses how a child can identify and manage his/her emotions. (5) Behavioral competencies – assesses how a child relates to others in a positive manner. (6) Learning capacity – assesses whether there is evidence of potential cognitive impairment that may impede a child’s ability to process information effectively. In addition to the comprehensive evaluation of a child, BMG believes it is important to also assess pertinent features of the child’s caregivers. Such criteria include: (a) knowledge of child development (b) parent/child relational dynamics (c) parental stress and (d) level of support for the parent.
School-Aged Learners – Ages 5-17
As students matriculate through school, many times their ability to sustain the academic pace of their age equivalent peers becomes more challenging. Persistent academic difficulties in a specific content area or multiple content areas can be indicative of a learning disability. Comprehensive testing will be required to determine such.
If a student has been previously diagnosed with a behavioral health or learning concern prior to graduating from high school, it will be necessary for this student to have current documentation as he or she enters college. This documentation affords the student the opportunity to access services and accommodations offered through the Office of Disability Services (ODS). While some students are often hesitant to pursue ODS services due to embarrassment or shame, students need to understand the significant benefits one can receive if the appropriate accommodations are put in place. Enrollment in OD services is confidential. Moreover, the benefit of receiving this essential support can aid a student in reaching his/her maximal potential while matriculating through college.
ADHD Diagnostic Verification Assessments
ADHD Diagnostic Verification Assessments – If you or your attending physician suspect your symptoms reflect a possible diagnosis of ADHD, allow BMG to conduct a diagnostic assessment to verify.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts; as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. Difficulties with ASD can impact an individual’s ability to build relationships, navigate social situations, and adapt to changes in the environment.
ASD services offered at BMG include:
(1) Comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluations – These evaluations are conducted when a parent/guardian of a child or adolescent is uncertain about the cause of his/her child’s persistent learning and/or behavioral disturbances, and there are strong indicators that a developmental disorder might be the cause. Assessment of a child’s cognitive, academic, social/emotional and behavioral functioning, and autism symptomology will often be required to determine whether a child has ASD, and detect any other important developmental information. Specific recommendations are developed based upon evaluation findings.
Career Assessments and Evaluations
Whether you are a high school student seeking clarification regarding postsecondary planning, a recent college graduate preparing to enter the workforce, in a mid-career slump, an individual with a disability seeking employment, have recently been downsized or thinking about retiring, BMG can help you navigate the uncertainty you may be feeling as you face an unknown future.
To help better understand your strengths and weaknesses, skills and values, motivators and behaviors, BMG’s Career Specialist will personalize a battery of assessment tools that speak to the individual’s career needs. Examples of Career Assessment tools include:
1. Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory
2. Strengths Finder
3. Self-Directed Search
4. Strong Interest Inventory
Assessments: BMG utilizes the following testing and assement instruments