B1-A: Understanding Psychological Evaluations: A Guide for Caregivers and Professionals

Psychological evaluations and reports provide valuable information to understand children’s unique strengths as well as educational and mental health needs. However, psychological reports can be confusing for those without specific expertise in psychological assessment and psychometric procedures. Caregivers, educators, and clinicians often have questions regarding test scores, interpreting test results, and the overall assessment process (Mastoras et al., 2011; Pelco et al., 2009; Rahill, 2018), which can hinder provision of appropriate services and supports. The goal of this session is to provide professionals and caregivers with tools to better understand the assessment processes, test scores, and psychological reports more broadly.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Attendees will learn to recognize the difference between various types of evaluations (psychological, psychoeducational, neuropsychological), understand the purpose of an evaluation and identify the domains that are often assessed.
  2. Attendees will learn how to identify the key elements of psychological reports and how to understand and prioritize the information needed to obtain appropriate services and supports.
  3. Attendees will learn how to interpret test scores and understand test results (e.g., what is standardization, a standard score, a t-score, percentile rank)
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