Hope Haven offers the following evaluations for children and young adults:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

    When diagnosing ADD/ADHD, our team of mental health professionals utilize several tools including psychological consultation, interviews with parents, and observation.


  • Autism: Autism is a neurobiological disorder of development that causes differences in the way information is processed. Hope Haven
    provides a comprehensive assessment to screen for autism as well as a range of therapeutic, educational and behavioral services to meet the needs of the child and their family.
  • Down syndrome: The Down Syndrome Center at Hope Haven conducts a team-based evaluation that assess the following:
    • Educational progress
    • Speech and language skills
    • Behavioral/social skills
    • Strength/stamina
    • Sensory integration issues
  • Gifted: Intelligence testing is administered as part of the eligibility process for entrance into gifted programs. Testing provides an objective and systematic way for identifying gifted children. Ability and achievement tests provide numbers or scores to describe a student’s performance in relation to others. However, formal assessments are only one tool in determining giftedness. Tests are also used in conjunction with subjective assessment tools. Hope Haven currently administers the Wechsler Intelligence Scale to test students for gifted.
  • Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapy evaluations are offered for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Evaluations assess the following areas:
    • Sensory integration
    • Action/idea sequencing
    • Spatial awareness
    • Visual perception/visual motor skills
    • Fine motor skills
    • State of arousal
    • Coordination/strength
    • Oral motor
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy evaluations are offered for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Evaluations consist of:
    • Review of past medical history
    • Discussion of family needs and parent/child goals
    • Administration of appropriate tests
    • Assessment of the quality of functioning skills
  • Psychological – Educational: A psychological – educational (psych-ed) evaluation consists of individually administered standardized tests used to measure the child’s intelligence and academic achievement and to pinpoint specific learning strengths and weaknesses. Psych-ed evaluation results are used in the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities, in determining appropriate school placement for remedial programs, and in the assessment of school-related behavior problems.
  • Psychological: Psychological evaluations are performed by a licensed psychologist as needed.
  • Speech-Language: Speech and language evaluations are offered for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The evaluations include sections on motor speech skills and comprehensive speech/language skills.

To learn more or to schedule an evaluation, please contact our intake department at intake@hope-haven.org or by calling 904-346-5100 ext. 403.