Assessment services at Mandala Family Wellness include a written report and recommendations that are individualized to the specific needs of the client Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
We provide a broad array of assessment and evaluation services for children and adults. We emphasize a strengths-based approach to uncover the individual’s unique profile of abilities in order to help maximize the individual’s potential, improve outcomes, and enhance overall quality of life.
Evaluations are tailored based upon particular needs. After testing is completed, a feedback conference is held to review the results. During this conference, the test results and recommendations are thoroughly explained. We provide ample time to answer your questions, process the meaning of the results, and discuss next steps.
Each client receives a comprehensive written report that contains the test results and individualized recommendations that may include: documentation for the need for academic accommodations (e.g., extended time on testing, copies of notes) and remediation, educational recommendations to inform the development of an IEP or Section 504 plan, treatment recommendations outlining therapies and services that will address specific areas of need, suggested books and resources, and strategies that can be implemented by the client or family.
We offer the following types of assessments
If your child is experiencing barriers to being successful in work, school, home, or a community setting, a psychoeducational assessment can be helpful in understanding such barriers and working to overcome them. The assessment includes a variety of formal and informal questions, problem-solving activities, and dialogue. Psychoeducational assessments are important because they can explain behaviors such as inattention, poor organization, hyperactivity, low motivation, or poor school performance, and they can provide documentation of specific learning disabilities such as Dyslexia or Dysgraphia, as well as other diagnoses that can impact school performance, such as ADHD/ADD. They can also provide information about an individual’s particular learning style, so that instruction can be tailored accordingly.
If you are interested in having your child tested for giftedness, we can provide a targeted assessment of intellectual functioning that is appropriate for your child’s age. These results can be helpful for educational planning and determining eligibility for gifted programming.
If you or your child are having difficulties in day-to-day life, or if you are experiencing emotional, social or behavioral challenges, personality testing can be helpful in uncovering the nature of those challenges and guide recommendations for treatment. Personality testing can be helpful when dealing with anxiety, depression, adjustment, stress, or other psychological issues. Assessments may include behavior and symptom rating scales, diagnostic and clinical interviews, and projective measures.
Developmental Testing (ages 5 and younger)
Developmental testing can be helpful if you have concerns about your child’s achievement of early milestones. By analyzing domains of development, including cognitive, language, motor, social, and adaptive skills, we can identify if any delays are present. We know that early intervention is critical for determining optimal outcomes, and developmental testing can help us determine which therapies (e.g., speech/language therapy, occupational or physical therapy, ABA, play therapy) would be helpful.
Neuropsychological testing identifies brain processes that contribute to learning and activities of daily living, such as attention, intellect, memory, executive functioning, motor, language, and visual-spatial processing. A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation uncovers your unique profile of cognitive strengths and needs, provides information on learning style and how you learn best and identifies any causes that may be contributing to the challenges you are experiencing. Neuropsychological testing can be particularly helpful when there is known or suspected brain injury or neurological dysfunction, such as TBI, seizures, ADHD, Dyslexia, or Autism.
Autism diagnostic testing can be helpful in determining the presence of an autism spectrum disorder and/or related issues, such as social-communication impairments, language delays, or anxiety. We utilize gold-standard diagnostic tools, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2), as part of these assessments.