Assessments & Evaluations

The Selective Mutism, Anxiety, and Related Disorders Treatment Center (SMart Center) performs comprehensive assessments and evaluations for a wide range of psychological, behavioral, and speech and language issues.

Our center believes in taking a ‘whole-person approach’ with assessments, diagnoses, and treatment. We interview the individual’s caregivers to learn about their developmental and academic history.  Our clinicians are trained to specifically assess and rule out diagnoses such as Selective Mutism, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. At the SMart Center we utilize the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) as well as the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) which are considered to be the ‘gold standard’ for diagnosing Autism.  We conduct a full battery of testing, not just a screening tool, and provide a comprehensive report with recommendations and referral options for next steps.

Types of Assessments Offered:

  • Selective Mutism
  • Speech & Language Evaluation
  • ADHD
  • Autism Testing
  • Behavior Assessment
  • Developmental/Early Childhood Assessments
  • Psychoeducational Testing
  • School Accommodations
  • Academic Achievement
  • Dyslexia/Dysgraphia
  • I.Q. Testing
  • Gifted Program Evaluations
  • Private School Admission
  • Learning Styles
  • Test Anxiety

Why do Children get Tested?

  • Mutism
  • Academics
  • Behavior
  • Attention and focus
  • Staying on task
  • Organization
  • Memory
  • Learning letter names and sounds
  • Communication
  • Social relationships
  • Transitions or changes
  • School anxiety/avoidance
  • Regulating mood/emotions

In addition, the SMart Center specializes in accurately testing children and teens with Selective Mutism and can tailor the above services for those who suffer in silence.

WHY specialized testing for children with Selective Mutism?

Our research and clinical experience at the SMart Center tells us that many children and teens with SM have ‘additional’ reasons that contribute to a child’s social communication difficulties and/or mutism. And in most cases, this is why SM continues or minimally improves. To help a child overcome SM and social communication difficulties, we need to understand the child. Most professionals find it quite challenging to test a child who ‘does not talk’ and who often shuts down and does not participate in testing. Therefore if unable to test a child, than how can we determine if additional challenges are present. We understand. This is our specialty.

WHY is psychological testing necessary?

Assessment/Evaluation Services Offered:

This evaluation is a part of our Intensive S-CAT Program. This is a comprehensive social communication evaluation and treatment program that is designed for preschool and school-aged children as well as young adults who are having social communication challenges due to selective mutism, social anxiety, social communication (pragmatic) disorder, or extreme shyness.

This evaluation is designed specifically for children and adolescents to determine whether or not they have selective mutism and/or another social communication disorder. It is typically useful for clients who have recently had a comprehensive evaluation, but who want a specific evaluation regarding selective mutism or to differentiate between selective mutism and related social communication disorders. It includes a comprehensive clinical interview and developmental history, review of records, administration of several rating scales and behavioral indices, a diagnostic report, and a feedback session. 2-3 hours of testing

This evaluation is designed for preschool and school-age children and adolescents who are having difficulties in school. The results of this evaluation can be helpful in determining whether a child needs (or continues to need) special education and related services. Additionally, this evaluation helps to pinpoint the specific problems that are contributing to academic difficulties so that appropriate interventions can be identified. This evaluation includes a comprehensive clinical interview and developmental history, review of records, measures of intellectual functioning and academic achievement, social-emotional screening measures, a psychoeducational report, and a feedback session. 4-6 hours of testing

This comprehensive evaluation is designed for school-age children, adolescents, and adults to help identify areas of neuropsychological strength and weakness. This evaluation assesses multiple areas of functioning in order to provide a thorough picture of an individual’s cognitive functioning. All neuropsychological evaluations include a comprehensive clinical interview and developmental history, review of records, measures of intellectual functioning, a neuropsychological report, and a feedback session. In addition, neuropsychological evaluations typically include assessment of the following areas of functioning (may vary depending on the age or level of functioning of the individual): language and verbal reasoning, nonverbal and visual-spatial reasoning, attention, executive functioning, memory and learning, fine motor and visual-motor integration skills, and social-emotional functioning. 6-8 hours of testing

The SMart Center offers comprehensive speech and language evaluations conducted by certified and licensed speech-language pathologists tailored for children with social communication challenges from preschool through high school years.This evaluation includes standardized and informal measures to appropriately assess the oral mechanism, speech sound articulation, speech production during co-articulation, receptive and expressive language (understanding language and expressing oneself at an age-appropriate level involving semantics, syntax, morphology, and/or pragmatic language), voice (pitch, quality, and loudness), and fluency of speech (rate and rhythm). The series of assessment tools vary depending on the individualized needs of the child. All testing is conducted by an ASHA certified and PA licensed speech-language pathologist.The speech-language pathologists at the SMart Center are well qualified to properly assess children’s speech and language skills. They hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree and have many years of experience treating children with speech-language needs, including those with Selective Mutism. All speech-language pathologists at the SMart Center have experience working with children who have selective mutism and know how to evaluate and engage those with social communication disorders.
Typically involves 3-4 hours of testing.

We specialize in children with Selective Mutism and have developed a research-based protocol:

This evaluation is designed specifically for young children to determine whether or not they have an autism spectrum disorder. It includes a comprehensive clinical interview and developmental history, review of records, administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-Second Edition (ADOS-2), a diagnostic report, and a feedback session. 2 hours of testing.