Dr. Bates provides comprehensive assessment reports that are uniquely designed according to the individual's history, present functioning, and areas of concern. The evaluations typically include clinical interview(s), behavioral observations, and assessment measures that are categorized as academic, developmental, psychological, and/or neuropsychological.
Academic & Developmental Assessments
Academic and Developmental Assessments measure the individual's abilities, knowledge, and skills learned through the academic environment, life experiences, and typical maturation and development. An academic or developmental assessment can be a useful tool in understanding an individual's areas of strength and weakness. It can facilitate the development of a specifically designed treatment or education plan, as well as guide the parents, teachers, and community in how to best meet the unique needs of the individual, in order to support his/her optimal functioning. Academic and developmental assessments are used to identify a variety of qualities, including: gifted and talented abilities, specific learning disabilities, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and communication disorders.
Psychological Assessments measure the individual's unique qualities, including areas of strength and weakness, interests, preferences, perceptions of one's self, expression and regulation of emotions, and methods of interacting with the world. A psychological assessment can be useful for gaining insight and understanding into an individual's characteristics and patterns. Psychological assessments are often used for treatment planning and informing life decisions. Sometimes they are also used for informing agency decisions, including adoption, employment, and religious ministry or missionary work.
Neuropsychological Assessments identify one's ability to complete tasks associated with specific regions of the brain and/or neurological skills. In so doing, these tests identify specific ways in which the brain is functioning well or is not functioning at its optimal level. Neuropsychological assessments can help in developing a treatment plan for managing the malfunction, and in some cases, implementing repair. Common areas of concern measured by neuropsychological assessments include: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, executive functioning, attention, concentration, distractibility, decision making, organization, memory limitations and memory loss, and sensory processing difficulties.