What to expect from therapy

Therapy begins with a comprehensive interview to better understand your current concerns and to collect background information.  You will be asked to complete several forms and questionnaires prior to this appointment. You can read more about starting therapy with your child here.   

Your psychologist will work with you to identify treatment goals and to develop an initial treatment plan.  Subsequent meetings will focus on working toward treatment goals, learning and applying new skills, and tailoring intervention strategies to your child’s changing needs over the course of treatment.  Treatment plans may include individual therapy or family therapy or consultation with school staff or medical providers.  Therapy sessions typically last 45-60 minutes.

As treatment goals are met and symptoms improve, your psychologist will collaborate with you to develop a plan for ending treatment.  Typically, clients move to less frequent meetings that focus on reviewing skills and planning for future challenges leading up to the end of treatment.  Treatment duration varies depending on your child and family’s specific needs and treatment plan, but the average length of treatment is 4 to 20 sessions.

What to expect from testing

CAPSS psychologists offer comprehensive assessment services, including diagnostic evaluations, cognitive (IQ) testing, and academic achievement testing.  These evaluations may be conducted for the purpose of identifying a clinical diagnosis and treatment recommendations (e.g., autism spectrum, learning disabilities, ADHD), gifted placement, private school admissions, or early kindergarten admissions.

Prior to the initial assessment appointment, your psychologist will provide several forms and/or questionnaires to complete and will develop an initial assessment plan.  Testing may take place over one or more sessions, depending on the agreed-upon assessment goals. You will receive a written report summarizing test results and recommendations.

Families may prepare for testing sessions by ensuring that their child had adequate sleep during the previous night, has eaten a balanced meal, and has taken any prescribed medications on the testing day.  You are welcome to bring snacks or drinks for your child to have during breaks during the testing session.

Please note: Unlike other standardized testing (e.g., SATs, ISEE), IQ/ cognitive tests are designed to measure children’s problem solving and reasoning abilities on novel tasks. Any prior exposure to the testing materials could invalidate the results. Please do not prep your child for IQ testing. If it comes to our attention during testing that your child has been exposed to any test prep materials, we will need to discontinue testing, and the testing plan will need to be revised.