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Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Testing Service (CATS)

Our Patients

CATS performs testing for children and adolescents ages of 5 to 22 who are experiencing neuropsychological, psychological and/or psychiatric difficulties, including:

  • stock photoADHD
  • Nonverbal learning disability
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Specific reading, writing, and arithmetic disorders
  • Executive functioning difficulties
  • Other psychiatric disorders or neuropsychological conditions

Although our evaluations are “diagnostic,” we also see patients who already have diagnoses, but who still need help with treatment and/or educational planning.

Please Note:

Individuals who are not fluent in English, who have significant sensory or motor difficulties that require specialized testing procedures, or who have autism or moderate to severe pervasive developmental disorder are not able to be accommodated at CATS and will be referred elsewhere.

Testing Components

Required components of the evaluation include:

  • Parent interview
  • Review of current and previous records, evaluations, and clinical information
  • Review of school information
  • Administration of neuropsychological, psychological and academic testing

Testing Results

The testing results inform our recommendations. Results will be shared via a feedback meeting with parents (and adolescents, if appropriate), as well as a written report.

Feedback Meeting

We will schedule an hour and a half feedback meeting two weeks following the first day of testing so that the Evaluation Coordinator can talk with parents and guardians about your child’s testing results.

The goals of the meeting include:

  • Using the testing information to address specific concerns and questions
  • Talking about diagnostic conclusions
  • Specifically addressing the educational implications of the results and discussing educational recommendations (parent psychoeducation)
  • Discussing recommendations about next steps

If we determine that it is important for your adolescent to have a feedback meeting, this will be arranged as well, and is included in the cost of the evaluation.

Written Report

You will receive a written report by mail, approximately a month after the feedback meeting. The report includes information about the testing administered, how your child performed, and conclusions and recommendations for your child, your child’s school and the professionals with whom your child works.