Cognitive Testing And Academic & Achievement Evaluations

Sulcata Psychiatry

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care located in Vintage Park, Houston, TX

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 accomodations in school or work settings.

Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, offers in-person and online cognitive testing for children, adolescents, and adults at Sulcata Psychiatry in Houston, Texas. We also offer in-person 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 reccommendations. 

If you or your child needs cognitive testing or academic achievement evaluation, call the office today or request an appointment online. Telemedicine visits are available.

About Cognitive Testing and Academic & Achievement Evaluations

What is Cognitive Testing?

Cognitive testing allows mental health care providers like Ms. Johnston 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. 

Ms. Johnston utilizes Cambridge Brain Sciences (CBS) for Cognitive Testing. This test battery is done online on your own computer in the comfort of your home. While they are similar to traditional pen and paper assessments, CBS tests are more engaging and enjoyable, since they are short, fun tasks take only 90 seconds to three minutes to complete. The total testing time takes around 40 minutes, and can be paused or restarted as needed between assessments. 

Cambridge Brain Sciences tests have undergone extensive validation by decades of scientific research. They’re proven effective at measuring the most important aspects of cognition and are especially helpful in diagnosing conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder.

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 processessing 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 forumalte an appropriate diagnosis and treatment reccommendations provided in a results report that can be used to obtain appropriate accomodations 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 Ms. Johnston 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. Ms. Johnston may also recommend cognitive testing to find out if a particular treatment or intervention is working, including lifestyle and health changes.

Academic & Achievement TEvaluation is often required in order to obtain appropriate accomodations 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 accomodations their child might benefit from. 

What should I expect for Cognitive Testing?

At Sulcata Psychiatry, Cognitive Testing is easy and enjoyable. You can get started with a free mini-test on our website, which you’re able to take at home before your visit. For a full cognitive assessment, simply contact the office to schedule a testing appointment. You don't need to be a current patient to complete cognitive testing, as we offer the option to take the assessment and receive the results via email rather than during a provider appointment.

Ms. Johnston offers several options for cognitive testing depending on need, each of which you can easily complete on your computer in about 30 minutes. You do this on your time, in the comfort of home. You have the option to take the test and receive your results without scheduling follow-up care with Ms. Johnston.

For current or prospective patients, you can add cognitive testing to your treatment plan or evaluation at any time. Ms. Johnston 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 complaints, testing is designed to assess things like brain function in certain areas, educational capabilities, math or reading performance, defecits in intellect or socialization skills. The testing can 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 14 business days. Should you wish to have specific reccommendations for accomodations in the school or workplace given, we can provide 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. However, should you require medication management, therapy, behavioral interventions, or support navigating obtaining accomodations 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. Ms. Johnston 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.