Lifeskills South Florida offers psychological testing as an optional service. Testing is designed to clarify diagnoses, determine a client’s needs and to provide more information for the client’s individualized treatment plan.

Reasons for Psychological Testing Recommendations

  • Recent traumatic brain injury
  • Determining an accurate diagnosis
  • Recommending special needs for an educational setting.

What Kind of Testing Will My Loved One Receive?

Each client referred for testing will be assessed on a core set of cognitive abilities and personality traits.

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Intelligence testing helps us understand what a client’s cognitive strengths are as well as areas in which they may need additional support. Verbal skills, basic memory skills, reasoning or problem solving skills and processing speed are assessed.
This test evaluates specific types of memory skills. This includes short term memory, long term memory, memory for information heard, and memory for information seen.
Understanding a person’s abilities in math, reading, comprehension and spelling help us determine if they have a specific learning disability.
These tests determine particular personality types. Professionals use this information to understand what personality traits affect a person’s functioning both in healthy and unhealthy ways.
The client participates in evidence-based tests to determine possible diagnoses. This helps to understand what specific areas your loved one is struggling with that affects their mental health.

Sometimes your loved one will be given additional tests. This is determined by specific information learned from the tests everyone receives. Additional assessment may include understanding potential thought disorders, neurological issues, or motivational issues.

Additional information for you (if the families and/or referents want to know what each test is designed to measure):

Full Battery

IQ and specific strengths and weakness in

  • processing speed
  • verbal skills
  • executive functioning
  • screening for possibility of ADHD
  • visual spatial skills
  • potential learning struggles
  • comprehension
  • auditory memory
  • visual memory
  • determining recommendations for the best way to present information for processing and retention
  • delayed memory abilities
  • immediate learning abilities
Assesses current grade level in:

  • spelling
  • word reading
  • math computation
  • sentence comprehension
  • overall reading abilities
Assesses and “teases out” Axis I and II diagnoses
Similar to the MMPI-2, but focuses more on personality disorders
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Adjunct/Additional Tests:

The TOVA is a non-verbal (not based on self-report) test for ADHD. It determines attention issues in both an auditory and visual mode.
Determines whether there is a presence of a psychotic spectrum disorder and what specific constellation of symptoms a person is experiencing.
Assesses if a person is “faking” memory problems
If it appears a person may have a brain injury or more serious impairment, this assesses for potential areas of concern. It helps define what areas an outside provider needs to provide treatment for. logo
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