Testing

Dr. Douglas Tynan does most of the testing for Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates. (Please refer to Dr. Tynan’s exceptional background and credentials after reviewing the available options below.) Dr. Tynan has a turnaround time of only two weeks for completion of nearly all evaluations.

Intelligence Testing:

Many of the local private schools require IQ testing of children by a psychologist as a requirement for admission. Includes evaluation and brief report. (Cost = $500)

Gifted Testing:

Sometimes parents sense that their child is gifted and would like formal testing to gain a better understanding of their child’s strengths. Sometimes this assists in determining what preschools and elementary schools might be a good fit for their child. Parents also use gifted testing to make a request for assessment by their public elementary school for additional services through a GIEP. Includes evaluation and brief report. (Cost = $500)

Comprehensive Psychoeducational (Academic) Testing:

Sometimes students encounter academic issues and other challenges in the school setting and parents are trying to understand the reasons. Public schools can provide free assessment, but sometimes parents wish to explore these issues privately or the school makes a determination that assessment is not indicated at the present time. Learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental issues, social issues, and other factors can be determined through testing. Comprehensive testing at Bryn Mawr Psychological includes:

  • Diagnostic interview
  • Cognitive testing
  • Achievement testing
  • Memory testing
  • Executive Functioning (if indicated)
  • Behavioral/Emotional parent checklists
  • Teacher interview with rating forms (with parent permission)
  • Review of school records and prior testing
  • Parent feedback session
  • Written report

(Cost = $2800) ($200/hour extra if classroom observation is requested)

Brief ADHD Assessment in Adults:

This type of evaluation generally consists of:

  • Diagnostic interview
  • Standardized rating forms of ADHD
  • Standardized rating forms of Executive Functioning (if indicated)
  • Gathering data from a family member if indicated
  • Review of prior records
  • 30 minute feedback session
  • Brief report or letter that can be given to a physician if medication assessment is being considered.

(Cost = $850 for all of the above)
(Cost = $550 for interview, ADHD forms, review of records, and letter for physician only)

Brief Autism Spectrum Assessment in Adults:

This type of evaluation generally consists of:

  • Diagnostic interview
  • Standardized rating forms of ASD
  • Gathering data from a family member if indicated
  • Review of prior records
  • 60 minute feedback session

(Cost = $600 for all of the above)

Extended Test Time Evaluation for Standardized Tests:

Students with ADHD, ASD, LD, anxiety, and processing issues are often candidates for extended test taking time on standardized entrance examinations such as SATs, PSATs, ACTs, GREs, MCATs, and LSATs. Sanctioning boards generally require evaluations to have been completed within two years of application. Dr. Tynan is a highly qualified licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience in conducting evaluations that meeting the requirements of sanctioning boards including the Educational Testing Services (ETS). However, it is important to note that while an appropriate evaluation will be conducted there is no guarantee that a student will qualify for extended time. There are generally two situations that individuals/families present for testing:

Situation1: A student has a comprehensive evaluation that was completed within the past two years that includes IQ and Achievement testing.

If the evaluation was completed by the school district and the student is already approved for Extended Time through an IEP or a 504 Plan, the family might ask the appropriate school personnel if the school can assist them in applying for Extended Time for standardized examinations. Alternatively, Dr. Tynan can do a diagnostic interview, review the existing recent testing as well as the IEP or 504 plan if the student has one, administer some additional measures critical to the determination of eligibility for Extended Time, and generally provide a report within 2 weeks.
(Cost = $1200)

Situation 2: A student does not have a comprehensive evaluation completed within the past two years.

In these instances, the Educational Testing Service and other test entities are hesitant to approve Extended Time if only a brief assessment of processing speed and focus is submitted. Often, they are looking for a more comprehensive examination that assesses additional cognitive indices and assesses anxiety and other emotional factors, as well as attentional factors, and processing speed. Consequently, in these instances a Comprehensive Evaluation is indicated (see above). The results from this type of testing also can be utilized to request Disability accommodations for college as described below.
(Cost = $2800)

Evaluation for Disability Accommodations for College:

Colleges offer appropriate accommodations for eligible students with disabilities that substantially limit their academic and social functioning. A meets all criteria as a diagnostician to be able to assess this need in high school and college students presenting with conditions such as ADHD, ASD, Slow processing speed, and Anxiety disorders. A feedback session is provided to the family and a report is generated that the student can potentially present to the Office of Disabilities at their college at some point after they are accepted for admission to see if they are eligible for accommodations.
(Cost = $2000 to $2500)

Bryn Mawr Psychological Associates does not do the following types of assessments. There are many local highly qualified psychologists to whom we refer for these types of evaluations.

  • Personality Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Custody Assessment