Assessment is a formal testing process that identifies sources of emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. Testing results are used to create targeted interventions to address identified challenges and to promote success.
Emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges can have complex roots which are not always clear from simple observation. For issues that have not improved through standard accommodations and supports, assessment results help identify more appropriate and successful intervention methods.
Casa Pacifica provides testing services for children, youth, and young adults, ages 3 through 21 years, and offers a broad range of assessments to identify the complex behavioral, emotional and learning needs of our clients.
Our assessments identify sources of academic difficulty, such as: lagging reading, writing, or math skills; poor testing performance; missing assignments; poor attention; homework avoidance; etc. School observations may be part of the assessment, especially for significant social or classroom behavioral difficulties. Our findings can supplement plans already in place for your student or serve as a starting point for classroom accommodations and interventions. Reports meet criteria for requesting accommodations for standardized testing. Social-emotional testing is available to assist with ongoing therapy or in identifying developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum or Intellectual Disabilities.
Our clinicians work closely with caseworkers, foster parents, guardians and other partners to provide high quality assessment for the complex needs of at-risk youth. Assessments provide appropriate diagnoses and identify appropriate services for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth.
Our assessments can be part of the diagnostic process, helping to identify and differentiate disorders such as Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, etc.
To address your child or adolescent's unique situation, we offer the following testing services:
After your initial phone call, a clinician will schedule an intake interview with parents or caregivers, either in-person or virtually. Approximately two to four testing sessions of varying length will be scheduled at our offices in Camarillo, CA. Parents (and often teachers) will complete questionnaires related to areas of challenge. School observations can also be a part of the testing process. Results will be presented as detailed below. Services are provided on a fee-for-service basis by doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows supervised by licensed psychologists.
Testing results will be presented in a final feedback session that can be in-person or virtual. A comprehensive report will be provided and results will be explained to parents in non-clinical, every-day language along with specific suggestions, interventions, and accommodations to address identified challenges. Other supports will be recommended to address learning disabilities, disruptive behavior, social problems, and other issues. Referrals will be provided to appropriate community resources such as therapists, educational therapists, learning centers, and other programs. All reports provided meet the assessment requirements for applying for accommodations for the SAT, ACT, and GRE exams.