Getting your child evaluated: It’s better to know.

Most kids face behavioral issues at some point before adulthood. Some issues resolve on their own, and others point to a need for help. It’s a terrain that’s difficult to navigate.

As a parent, you’ll naturally have questions about whether and how to deal with sustained problem behavior that concerns you. Will they outgrow it? Are you overreacting? What’s the worst-case scenario? How does the situation affect other family members? The child’s future? What are the treatment options?

The fastest, surest way to get answers and move toward solutions is a professional, evidence-based evaluation. Hope Haven offers a variety of evaluation services that help you assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses, rule out unlikely causes, and pinpoint any probable underlying conditions. So you can decide on next steps based on information, not hunches.

How an evaluation can help

Problem behavior could indicate an underlying issue related to learning, attention, social and emotional adjustment, impulse control or other factors. If something about your child’s behavior doesn’t feel right, an evaluation can help in numerous ways:

  • Relieve uncertainty. An evaluation can dispel many of the what-ifs that surround your child’s behavior issues, so your family can focus on solutions.

  • Jump-start the healing process. A professional evaluation is the first step in deciding if your child needs help. And if so, what kinds of therapies can work best.

  • Offers clarity. An evaluation can help your child, and everyone in their orbit, understand the challenges. So you, your child, their siblings, teachers and school administrators can all be on the same page.

  • Provides guidance. School officials can use the evaluation results to steer your child toward approved programs appropriate for the issue. And it gives your family insights into productive ways of making the situation better at home.

Evaluation and assessment services at Hope Haven include:

  • Comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation

  • Gifted assessments

  • Learning needs

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism

  • Down syndrome

Testing lasts between two and six hours, depending on the child’s age and what we’re testing for.

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For more information about our evaluation and assessment services, please click the button below or call 904.346.5100.