Child Psychological Testing and Evaluation

One80 is excited to now offer psychological testing and evaluation (assessment) services for children and adolescents ages 4-18!

A psychological assessment could be the next step in getting your child the support and care they need as they continue their unique path in life!

CHILD ASSESSMENTS OFFERED AT ONE80

One80 offers assessment services that generally fall into the categories below. However, the structure and content of these services often vary based on what is most relevant to each child’s primary areas of challenge. Prior to testing, caregivers complete an initial intake during which they share the primary reasons for the evaluation and summarize their child’s developmental, educational, and psychological history. The clinician then creates and reviews a plan for testing with the caregiver before testing commences.

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Full Psychoeducational Evaluation

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Educational Evaluation

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Psychological Evaluation

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Early Entry to Kindergarten Evaluation
*Add-on available

What is a psychological assessment?

During a psychological assessment, a trained clinician administers tests, surveys, and/or clinical interviews with the goal of identifying a child’s strengths and areas of challenge. The specific tools used during an assessment are determined based on the caregivers’ primary concerns, other information collected during the initial intake, and any new information revealed during testing. Results from assessments are often used to establish psychological diagnoses (learning disabilities, ADHD, mood/anxiety disorders, etc.) and generate tailored recommendations for parenting strategies, instructional practices, and psychological therapies that may work best for a particular child.

Does my child need a psychological assessment?

Assessments are often most helpful for a) identifying learning difficulties that may require a higher level of educational support, and b) assessing psychological symptoms and generating diagnoses that can be used to seek out appropriate therapeutic support. Here are some questions caregivers may consider:

  • Are certain school subjects difficult for your child?
  • Does your child have difficulty remaining focused on their schoolwork?
  • Does your child act younger than their age and frequently require assistance with daily tasks?
  • Does your child have difficulty following directions or listening to adults?
  • Does your child have difficulty getting along with other children or making friends?
  • Does your child often seem irritable and act out when they do not get their way?
  • Does your child often seem sad or down?
  • Does your child often seem anxious or worried?
  • Has your child experienced any major life stressors or trauma that could be affecting their mood, motivation, or daily stress levels?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a psychological assessment may be helpful for your child! If you’re still not sure that an assessment is needed, you can always complete an initial intake to discuss any concerns you have and learn more about how a psychological assessment may or may not be helpful for your child.

Can I use a psychological assessment to advocate for support services at my child’s school?

In most cases, yes! Typically schools will use results from a psychological assessment to inform a school-based support plan (e.g., IEP, 504). These services can help your child perform at their full potential and boost their overall school experience. It is important to check with your district’s school board to ensure that the assessment services offered by your One80 clinician will fulfill any established testing requirements of the district. Some districts require that assessments of learning disabilities, giftedness, and early entry to kindergarten include specific cognitive or achievement tests, and they will only accept results from these tests. One80 may or may not have access to the specific tests that are required by your child’s school board, and this will be important to confirm prior to any testing.

How else can a psychological assessment be helpful?

Given their comprehensiveness, psychological assessments can give you increased assurance that any psychological diagnoses assigned to your child have been well-vetted and carefully considered. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis can save you time, money, and a great deal of frustration in the long run as it will help ensure that your child receives the care they need as soon as possible. In addition to sharing diagnostic information and intervention/support recommendations, assessment reports also summarize a wealth of information about your child that can be easily shared with other providers. With a detailed assessment report in hand, providers can more quickly learn about your child and collect any additional information needed to perform their services.

Dr. Casey D. Calhoun

Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Office Location: Raleigh
Phone: (919) 861-4111
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Dr. Calhoun received his training at top-ranked psychology training programs, obtaining his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 and completing his internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to joining One80, Dr. Calhoun worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UNC School of Medicine, where he served as the attending psychologist on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program in the Department of Psychiatry. He has also served as an Assistant Professor in the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he contributed to research and clinical training that centered on investigating and treating psychological trauma from childhood through adulthood.

Throughout his career, Dr. Calhoun has contributed to the field of psychology in a variety of ways. In addition to providing and supervising clinical services, he has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous federally-funded research grants. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts that have largely centered on better understanding the biological, cognitive, and interpersonal factors that affect stress vulnerability and lead to psychological symptoms. He also led the development of a self-help mobile application (Transcend) for victims of mass violence events and has contributed to online trainings for clinicians (TF-CBTWeb2.0, CBTiWeb). Dr. Calhoun has served in numerous departmental and national leadership positions, where he has advocated for mental healthcare, psychological research, and improved training practices for future psychologists.

In addition to offering therapy and assessment services at One80, Dr. Calhoun maintains a role as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience where he teaches graduate-level courses and provides clinical supervision to students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. He also serves as consultant to a local school district, where he provides clinical trainings for school staff and mental health support services for students, parents, and teachers.

 Psychological Assessment: Dr. Calhoun provides diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment services to help identify core areas of psychological strength and challenge for children and adolescents. He also offers tailored recommendations for treatment and accommodations based on the results of an assessment.

Dr. Calhoun offers the following assessments:

  • Full Psychoeducational Evaluations
  • IQ/Achievement Testing
  • ADHD Evaluations
  • Early Entry to Kindergarten Evaluations
  • Psychological Diagnostic Evaluations

*Dr. Calhoun does not currently offer evaluations or assessments for custody evaluations or other legal matters.

Training and Supervision: Dr. Calhoun supervises advanced graduate students enrolled in local doctoral training programs and postdoctoral clinicians accruing hours for full licensure. He has served as a supervisor for most of his professional career and protects dedicated time to ensure that he provides a high level of support to his supervisees and the clients they serve.

Dr. Calhoun supervises advanced postdoctoral and graduate student clinicians enrolled in PhD-granting psychology programs. Services provided by these students are offered at a discounted self-pay rate. Dr. Calhoun dedicates time every week to discuss all supervised cases, and he will work with your clinician to ensure that the services you receive are best matched to your needs. Dr. Calhoun also reviews all session notes, regularly listens to session recordings, and provides specialized clinical training to clinicians when needed.

  • Postdoctoral clinicians supervised by Dr. Calhoun have earned their Ph.D. in psychology and are gaining supervised experience as a requirement for full licensure in NC. These clinicians have completed 5-7 years of graduate education in a doctoral-level psychology training program, which requires rotations in multiple therapy and/or assessment clinics as well as an intensive internship year (which includes full-time clinical work across multiple rotations). These clinicians are highly trained and capable of providing excellent clinical services.
  • Graduate student clinicians supervised by Dr. Calhoun have received several (3-5) years of education in psychological assessment and psychotherapy, and they have often completed at least two, year-long clinical rotations prior to rotating at One80.

**Note: Services provided by postdoctoral and graduate student clinicians may not be eligible for reimbursement through your out-of-network insurance coverage.

Consultation: Dr. Calhoun serves as consultant to a local school district, where he provides staff trainings and mental health support services for students, parents, and teachers. Dr. Calhoun is open to considering consultation opportunities with other schools in the future; if interested, please schedule a call with Dr. Calhoun to discuss further.

Full Psychoeducational Evaluation

This evaluation is the most comprehensive and includes cognitive (IQ) testing, achievement testing, surveys assessing psychosocial functioning, and diagnostic clinical interviews. The full psychoeducational evaluation is the best way to determine: a) a child’s learning strengths and areas of challenge, b) whether a child meets criteria for a psychological disorder, and c) how learning abilities and psychological symptoms may influence one another. Information collected during the evaluation, diagnostic determinations, and tailored recommendations are summarized in a report that is shared with caregivers. Typically, full psychoeducational evaluations include:

  • Intake and Assessment Planning
  • Cognitive Testing [currently offering Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Ability, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV-Cog) and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Tests of Intelligence (WPPSI)]
  • Achievement Testing [currently offering Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV-Ach)]
  • Psychological Symptom and Adaptive Functioning Surveys
  • Psychological Diagnostic Interviews (caregiver, child); Play-based Assessment (used with younger children in place of a diagnostic interview)
  • Assessment Report that Summarizes Testing Results and Provides Recommendations
  • Feedback Session

Scheduling and Costs

After the initial intake session, your clinician will share their plan for testing, which will include a breakdown of services to be completed and an estimated number of sessions. One80 administrative staff will also provide you with an estimate of any out-of-pocket costs. A full psychoeducational evaluation often requires 5-7 sessions, some of which can be scheduled on the same day. The self-pay rate for this assessment is estimated between $2,475 – $2,875.


*As a clinician learns more about a child during the assessment process, they may recommend additional testing or evaluation services to further evaluate specific deficits or symptoms. These additional services, and the additional cost of these services, will be discussed with a child’s caregiver before services are provided.

Educational Evaluation

This evaluation assesses cognitive ability (IQ), achievement level, and ADHD-related difficulties. Most caregivers seeking this evaluation have concerns about specific learning difficulties and/or possible ADHD. An educational evaluation is best suited for individuals who are not experiencing moderate to severe mood, anxiety, or conduct problems (in this case, a full psychoeducational evaluation would be more appropriate). Typically, educational evaluations include:

    • Intake and Assessment Planning
    • Cognitive Testing [currently offering Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Ability, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV-Cog) and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Tests of Intelligence (WPPSI)]
    • Achievement Testing [currently offering Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV-Ach)]
    • Learning and Educational Experiences Interview (w/child)
    • ADHD and Adaptive Functioning Surveys (as needed)
    • Assessment Report that Summarizes Testing Results and Provides Recommendations
    • Feedback Session

Scheduling and Costs

After the initial intake session, your clinician will share their plan for testing, which will include a breakdown of services to be completed and an estimated number of sessions. One80 administrative staff will also provide you with an estimate of any out-of-pocket costs. An educational evaluation typically requires 4-5 sessions, some of which can be scheduled for the same day. The self-pay rate for this assessment is estimated between $1,850 – $2100.


*As a clinician learns more about a child during the assessment process, they may recommend additional testing or evaluation services to further evaluate specific deficits or symptoms. These additional services, and the additional cost of these services, will be discussed with a child’s caregiver before services are provided.

Psychological Evaluation

This evaluation assesses mood, anxiety, behavioral, and social difficulties. The evaluation also includes an assessment of behavioral patterns and other factors that maintain or worsen existing psychological difficulties as well as recommendations for specific therapy practices that could be most helpful for managing psychological symptoms. Caregivers often seek out this evaluation to obtain diagnostic clarity and to receive recommendations for therapeutic approaches that will be most helpful for their child. A psychological evaluation is best suited for individuals without a history of learning difficulties (in this case, a full psychoeducational evaluation would be more appropriate). Typically, psychological evaluations include:

  • Intake and Assessment Planning
  • Caregiver-, Teacher-, Self-report Surveys
  • Psychological Diagnostic Interviews (caregiver, child); Play-based Assessment (used with younger children in place of a diagnostic interview)
  • Psychological Symptom and Adaptive Functioning Surveys
  • Assessment Report that Summarizes Testing Results and Provides Recommendations
  • Feedback Session

Scheduling and Costs

Scheduling and Costs: After the initial intake session, your clinician will share their plan for testing, which will include a breakdown of services to be completed and an estimated number of sessions. One80 administrative staff will also provide you with an estimate of any out-of-pocket costs. A psychological evaluation typically requires 4 sessions, some of which can be scheduled on the same day. The self-pay rate for this assessment is estimated between $1,650 – $2000.


*As a clinician learns more about a child during the assessment process, they may recommend additional testing or evaluation services to further evaluate specific deficits or symptoms. These additional services, and the additional cost of these services, will be discussed with a child’s caregiver before services are provided.

Early Entry to Kindergarten Evaluation

This evaluation includes a brief assessment of a child’s emotional, behavioral, and social functioning along with administration of cognitive and achievement testing. Caregivers typically seek out this evaluation when they feel their child is academically and psychologically prepared for kindergarten, but their child will not turn five years old until after their school district’s cutoff date for standard entry into kindergarten. Requirements for early entry are often posted on the website for a school district or can be provided by educational specialist at the school your child would attend. Early Entry to Kindergarten evaluations include:
  • Intake Session
  • Cognitive Testing [currently offering Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Cognitive Ability, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV-Cog) and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Tests of Intelligence (WPPSI)]
  • Achievement Testing [currently offering Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, Fourth Edition (WJ-IV-Ach)]
  • Brief Summary of Test Scores and Evaluation of Psychosocial Functioning
  • 30-minute Feedback Session with the Clinician

Scheduling and Costs

After the initial intake session, your clinician will share their plan for testing, which will include a breakdown of services to be completed and an estimated number of sessions. One80 administrative staff will also provide you with an estimate of any out-of-pocket costs. Generally speaking, an early entry to kindergarten evaluation requires 3-4 sessions. The self-pay rate for this assessment is estimated at $875.


Wake County Early Entry Requirements: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/186

 

Evalutation Add-on

Oral Language 

A more in-depth assessment of oral language abilities can be helpful when a child has specific difficulties with reading, writing, and/or possible dyslexia. The specific test used to assess oral language abilities is the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Oral Language, Fourth Edition (WJ-Decisions about whether to administer tests of oral language are often made based on information collected during the initial intake and/or performance on cognitive and achievement testing. Should the oral language evaluation be added to a psychoeducational or educational evaluation, the child would need to attend one additional testing session, scheduled on a separate day from the cognitive and achievement tests. The administration, scoring, and interpretation of the oral language test adds $300-450 to the self-pay rate for the overall assessment.

Evalutation Add-on

Memory 

A comprehensive assessment of memory abilities can help clarify the nature and extent of memory issues (short-term vs. long-term; visual vs. verbal) and provide guidance for learning strategies that will best support individuals of different memory abilities. The specific test used to assess memory abilities is the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Third Edition (WRAML-3). Should the memory evaluation be added to a psychoeducational or educational evaluation, the child would need to attend one additional testing session, scheduled on a separate day from the cognitive and achievement tests. The administration, scoring, and interpretation of this test typically adds $300-$450 to the self-pay rate for the overall assessment.

Evalutation Add-on

Extended Psychological

An additional or prolonged session may be needed to complete diagnostic interviewing and survey administration. This additional evaluation time is often needed when a child’s psychosocial history is characterized by many noteworthy life events that need to be documented and considered in diagnostic formulations, or when psychological symptoms are complex, extensive, and/or require careful differential assessment (i.e., more targeted questioning that assesses symptoms in relation to multiple possible diagnoses). Extended psychological evaluation is billed at a self-pay rate estimated at $150/hour.

Evalutation Add-on

Extended Educational

Additional or prolonged testing sessions may be needed when a child is unable to complete cognitive and achievement testing during the allotted time. Factors that often influence a child’s ability to complete testing include cognitive fatigue, attention difficulties, and emotion dysregulation. Failure to accommodate these factors during testing can lead to inaccurate results and limit the extent to which results can be interpreted. As such, additional time for testing may be needed to maximize the utility of testing results. Extended testing is billed at a self-pay rate estimated at $150/hour.