Psychological Assessment of Children

This information is useful for children
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our Psychological & Educational Assessment Program provides a broad range of testing services.
  • Our evaluation team is passionate about helping children overcome obstacles and fulfill their potential.
  • We are a preeminent research center focused on child development.

As children grow and develop, they sometimes have trouble learning in school, difficulty concentrating, or problems getting along with others. When this happens, a psychological assessment can pinpoint where the difficulties lie.

A psychological assessment offers insights into a child’s learning, social, behavioral and personality development, with the goal of tailoring recommendations to plan a child’s educational and mental health needs. The Yale Medicine Child Study Center Psychological & Educational Assessment Program provides a broad range of testing services to school-age children and youth throughout Connecticut and the New York metropolitan region.

A psychological assessment is a structured series of interviews, standardized tests, and questionnaires designed to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in several areas. These tests may identify, for example, learning styles and social-emotional patterns of functioning. Some parents seek a psychological assessment out of concerns about how well their child or teen is functioning. Other parents are advised to get an assessment by one or more professionals—an educator, a mental health professional, or pediatrician—who notice something amiss. 

The evaluation ensures that everyone in a child’s world is working toward the same goals. “Parents frequently state that the evaluations we conduct offer the most comprehensive view of their child's development, including strengths and challenges, that they have ever received,” says Laurie Cardona-Wolenski, PsyD, director of the Psychological & Educational Assessment Program.

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