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PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS

Dr. Halley Moore, licensed clinical psychologist, utilizes psychological assessment scales for many reasons. She use these to determine career talent and placement for employment. These scales also help to identify learning disabilities, motivational issues, cognitive problems, memory impairment, personality problems, adjustment problems, major psychological issues, and many other factors.

How Do I Know if I need To Be Tested?

  • Under-performing at your job?

  • Need a new direction?

  • Want to understand yourself on every level from scientific perspective?

  • Underachieving in school or at work?

  • Having difficulty paying attention?

  • Developing at a slower rate than other children?

  • Academically out-performing other children?

  • Having difficulty coping after recently experiencing a trauma? 

  • Experiencing memory or cognitive impairment after a head trauma?

  • Experiencing memory difficulties due to aging?

  • Engaging in behaviors that seem odd or hard to explain?

  • Having a difficult time getting along with others?

Psychological testing is useful in a variety of ways:

  • Job Placement

  • Career Testing

  • IQ/Intelligence Testing

  • Learning Disorders (ADHD, etc.)

  • Memory Functioning

  • Elder Competency

  • Pathological Psychological Problems

  • Life Stress Issues

  • Relationship Conflicts

  • Motivational Factors

  • Child Abuse Risk Factors

  • Immigration Status Problems

  • Career/Job Problems

Why get an IQ test?

"In my line of work, we use IQ testing to help diagnose the "gifted" child who possibly has been unfairly labeled as a "troubled" child."

~ Dr. Moore

PSYCHOLOGICAL CLINICIANS

Halley M. Moore, Ph.D.

 

But why is IQ testing important and what does it help us determine overall?

First, it is good to know where your child "lives" intellectually, the higher a child's IQ is, the more different they are from their "peers" and thus, the more accommodations they may need at school, programs, and at home.  Another important reason for IQ testing is that it assesses several important aspects of cognitive functioning. IQ tests look at verbal reasoning abilities, visual-spatial reasoning, working memory, and processing speed. Many children, and gifted children in particular, often have "asynchronous development" meaning that their abilities are very uneven. Understanding whether someone is high in verbal processing, yet low on visual can have significant impacts on informing their teacher, yourself, and the child on how they learn best. Further, gifted children are often high on reasoning abilities and relatively or substantially lower on working memory and processing speed, causing academic underachievement and frustration. It is essential to know if this is the case so accommodations can be put in place to help a smart child show what they know.

Test results tell parents and teachers how advanced a child's thinking maybe and therefore how much differentiation they need from the regular curriculum which is set up for the "average" child. Test results also tell us a child's learning and processing strengths and weaknesses so parents and teachers can tailor their communication and teaching to the child's strengths and set up accommodations and interventions for identified weak areas.