Psychological Testing & Evaluation

Is your child…

  • not working up to his/her potential in school?
  • exhibiting behavioral difficulties (i.e., impulsivity, distractibility, inattention) at home and/or school?
  • having trouble focusing?
  • experiencing emotional difficulties (i.e., depression, anxiety, etc…)?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, a psychological assessment may be recommended. We evaluate individuals from four years of age through adulthood. Evaluations are performed by one of our experienced, licensed clinical psychologists. An assessment can address the following issues:

  • Behavioral issues
  • ADHD
  • Emotional issues (depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Educational placement issues
  • Gifted and talented appropriateness
  • Private school admission

Each child is different and evaluations are tailored to the specific referral question. However, the following is a list of the most common evaluations that we perform:

Private School Admissions Testing

We provide the cognitive (WPPSI) testing that many children are required to have in order to apply for kindergarten at area private schools.

Cognitive Evaluation

A cognitive evaluation is typically a standardized IQ test (i.e., WISC, WPPSI, WAIS).IQ tests are used to assess a person’s intellectual aptitude or potential.

Psycho-Educational Evaluation

A psycho-educational evaluation typically includes the cognitive evaluation and an achievement test. This is a more comprehensive evaluation that explores how the individual learns, remembers, and retrieves information. This evaluation is usually completed when a learning disability is suspected.

Social-Emotional Evaluation

A social-emotional evaluation typically consists of both projective and objective measures designed to help understand how an individual is thinking and feeling about him/herself. This type of evaluation may be used to differentiate between ADHD, anxiety, or depression, or to explore self-esteem issues and interpersonal concerns. It is typically used in conjunction with psycho-educational evaluation.

Full Psychological Evaluation

These evaluations are a combination of the psycho-educational and social emotional evaluations. Additional specialized measures will be included depending on the nature of the referral question.

Classroom Observations

Our clinicians conduct school observations in order to see how your child functions and interacts with his/her classroom environment. These observations include feedback to the parents, and can inform a behavioral intervention plan or accommodations.

In addition to providing a wide variety of cognitive, educational, and emotional testing batteries, our psychologists provide instructional clinical and educational recommendations based on assessment information.

Clinical Psychologists at In Step

Dale Bostwick, MA, Ed.S – Dale is a Licensed School Psychologist with a variety of experiences with students ranging in age from pre-school through high school. Her career in the local public school systems has given her experience conducting psychoeducational assessments, consulting with parents and school staff, and participating as a knowledgeable member of special education committees. In the public schools, she supports students struggling with behavioral disabilities and social/emotional disorders by facilitating counseling groups, individual counseling, developing behavior intervention plans, and providing crisis intervention.

Constantina N. Kass, Ph.D – Dr. Kass is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist with a broad range of professional and academic experiences with elementary, middle, and high school students. Arriving in northern Virginia in 2004, she has worked in the Fairfax County Public School system—including assessments, consultation, and as a member of the special education eligibility committee at several schools—and in private practice with students on issues contributing to underachievement and learning difficulties, including anxiety and depression. Dr. Kass also has a special interest in coaching and developing organizational and effective study skills tailored to the individual student’s needs.

Please contact us for more information about these services.

Call us at 703-876-8480