Cognitive Testing and Academic & Achievement Evaluations measure how well your brain is functioning in various areas, such as memory, attention, IQ, and reasoning skills. This can be helpful for diagnostic clarity, or be used to obtain appropriate accommodations in school or work settings.
Sulcata Psychiatry offers cognitive testing options for children, adolescents, and adults at Sulcata Psychiatry in Houston, Texas. We also offer Academic or Achievement Testing with our Masters prepared Diagnostician to establish presence of learning disorders, dyslexia and dyscalculia, IQ and intellectual disabilities, ADHD, and autism. These results are then reviewed by Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC to formulate an accurate diagnosis and recommendations.
If you or your child needs cognitive testing or academic achievement evaluation, call the office today or request an appointment online.
About Cognitive Testing and Academic & Achievement Evaluations
What is Cognitive Testing?
Cognitive testing allows your mental health care providers at Sulcata Psychiatry to accurately measure how well certain areas of your brain are functioning, which areas may have impairments, and tracking of treatment progress over time. We utilize a computerized testing system to determine presence and likelihood of different disorders.
We utilize QBTest In-Office Testing for ADHD, which is the only FDA-cleared objective test for both diagnosis and treatment management of ADHD for ages 6-60. The QBTest is a computerized continuous performance test (CPT) that takes about 20 minutes to complete, and measures cores symptoms associated with ADHD, including hyperactivity, impulsivity, and distractibility. The results are normed based on patient age and gender to give a visual representation of patient symptoms and abnormalities.
What is Academic & Achievement Evaluation?
Similar to the online cognitive test, Academic & Achievement Evaluations are helpful in determining diagnoses. However, these tests are more extensive and can incorporate evaluations for specific learning disorders, IQ or intellectual disabilities, dyslexia or dyscalculia, and cognitive processing disorders like ADHD or Autism. Our Diagnostician uses tests such the ADOS-2, Woodcock Johnson, and CTOPP to evaluate for certain impairments in functioning for ages 2+. Once testing is completed, results are interpreted in conjunction with Stoni Johnston, APRN, PMHNP-BC to formulate an appropriate diagnosis and treatment recommendations provided in a results report that can be used to obtain appropriate accommodations in school or workplace setting. We also offer an additional report that has specific 504/IEP/workplace accomodations and treatment reccomendations.
What is the purpose of testing?
Cognitive Testing helps bring clarity to exactly which areas of your brain are working the way they should vs. which areas may need some help with treatment to function optimally. Testing gives your provider measurable data that can help accurately diagnose a wide range of mental health conditions, including ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. Testing data helps her understand your unique cognitive strengths and shortcomings so she can recommend the best treatment for your needs. Our providers may also recommend cognitive testing to find out if a particular treatment or intervention is working, including lifestyle and health changes.
Academic & Achievement Evaluation is often required in order to obtain appropriate accommodations and interventions in school and workplaces. Unfortunately due to scheduling and funding limitations, evaluations are not always available in a timely manner in the public school setting. Getting Academic & Achievement Evaluation through Sulcata Psychiatry can help expedite that process, bring peace of mind or diagnostic clarity, or give parents a second opinion on what accommodations their child might benefit from.
What should I expect for Cognitive Testing?
At Sulcata Psychiatry, Cognitive Testing is easy and enjoyable. For a full cognitive assessment, simply contact the office to schedule a testing appointment.
Sulcata Psychiatry offers several options for cognitive testing depending on need. QBTest visits are scheduled prior to your intake visit to allow the provider time to assess your scores and prepare for your appointment.
For current or prospective patients, you can add cognitive testing to your treatment plan or evaluation at any time. Your provider may recommend taking a test as a baseline to track your progress and response to treatment over time.
It’s never too late to get started with Cognitive Testing! Call Sulcata Psychiatry today or request an appointment online.
What should I expect for Academic & Achievement Evaluation?
At Sulcata Psychiatry, Academic & Achievement Evaluations will require a minimum 3 Hour in-person evaluation visit with our Masters prepared Diagnostician Angela Calkins, M.Ed. These appointments consist of several different tests tailored to each patient individually, and are administered by the diagnostician in office. Depending on patient-specific concerns, testing is designed to assess things like brain function in certain areas, educational capabilities, math or reading performance, deficits in intellect or socialization skills. The testing may include parent, teacher or workplace reports, direct observations of the patient, and pencil-to-paper testing. Once testing is over, you will be given a report summarizing the findings of the testing within 21 business days. Should you wish to have specific recommendations for appropriate accommodations in the school or workplace given, we can provide a report detailing those as well.
You don't need to be a current patient to complete Academic & Achievement Evaluation, as you are not required to perform any follow-up visits after the testing is complete unless desired. However, should you require medication management, therapy, behavioral interventions, or support navigating obtaining accommodations in school or work settings, we can schedule you with the appropriate provider for your needs.
For current or prospective patients, you can add Academic & Achievement Testing to your treatment plan or evaluation at any time. Your provider may recommend taking a test as a baseline to track your progress and response to treatment over time.
It’s never too late to get started with Academic & Achievement Evaluation! Call Sulcata Psychiatry today or request an appointment online.