Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids
Is My Child Delayed? Expert Advice on When to Seek Help and What to Expect from the
Many parents worry that something
might be "not quite right" with their child. Whether the child is struggling
at school or appears to be "behind" others their age, parents often wonder if
they are being overly anxious or if their intuition is correct. Expert child
psychologists, Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D. and Gretchen Felopulos, Ph.D., recently
published an informative guidebook for parents called, "Straight Talk about
Psychological Testing for Kids."
"Nearly one in five children receive some form of psychological, academic
or intelligence testing each year," said Ellen B. Braaten. "Every day
thousands of parents are confronting the possibility that their child might
have a learning disability or developmental delay. Not knowing what to do,
what might happen and where to seek help can add stress to the situation. Our
book helps parents decide what to do, when to do it and what to expect."
Figuring out what is "wrong" might involve a testing evaluation to assess
behavioral and social skills, language development, motor skills,
intelligence, attention, memory and learning skills. Results of these tests
can diagnose learning problems or conditions like autism, ADHD or giftedness.
Braaten and Felopulos offer the following tips for concerned parents.
1. Follow Your Intuition
Often a parent's gut reaction is right. You are your child's advocate
and closest ally. Take action right away. Your first stop should be an
appointment with a pediatrician, who may refer your child for further
2. Do Your Homework
Being informed about the testing process can ease the fears of both
parents and children. Learn everything you can about the testing
process and ask pertinent questions.
3. Use a Trained Professional
Any diagnosis must be performed by a trained professional. Your own or
a friend's diagnosis might send you down a path full of unnecessary
4. Prepare For the Diagnosis
Finding out that nothing is wrong can relieve, or even worry, some
parents. If something is discovered, try not to worry - your child will
soon be getting the help they need. Find a support group and talk to
others who have been through the process.
"Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids" is published by
Guilford Press and is available in both hardback and paperback editions.