Talking To Kids About Assessment...

For young kids (completing a single assessment such as an IQ test for school admission or more comprehensive testing including social/emotional and developmental testing), they should understand that they are going to meet with someone that..."knows a lot about how kids learn (or "...about child development")...they will work on activities with that person and a parent will be close by but outside the room. They will have breaks and can play with some of the small toys in the waiting area during that time..." Kids can bring a comfort toy/object (e.g., favorite small blanket, teddy, etc.). Our offices have water and snacks but children can certainly bring their own items as well. 

For older kids completing an assessment, they should understand that they will meet with a psychologist to complete several different sets of activities (or assessments) to "...help us understand how you learn best, and anything we can do to support you in your success". Kids completing social-emotional assessments should also understand that some of the assessments are designed to "...help us understand how we can support you with any stress you are feeling." More specific descriptions can certainly be provided, especially if a family has previously discussed difficulties that can now be tied to this assessment. For instance, if someone has historically struggled with focus or anxiety the assessment can be tied to identifying the right recommendations for "...making things better".