Psychological evaluations at Perkins are conducted by school psychologists. They include a set of procedures to obtain information about a student’s cognition, social-emotional development and adjustment, and adaptive behavior. Cognitive functioning refers to skills such as verbal reasoning and concept development, problem solving/reasoning, attention, and memory. Social-emotional development and adjustment includes social skills, temperament, coping skills, and emotional/behavioral regulation. Adaptive behavior refers to a student’s level of functioning in activities of daily living.
Assessment procedures may include standardized tests, rating scales, developmental assessment, informal assessment activities/observations, and interviews. Assessment procedures are determined on an individual basis taking into consideration the student’s abilities and the referral questions and concerns.