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Back-to-School Season and the Psychological Evaluation

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

Role of a Psychological Evaluation

Jeffrey Wax, Director, CHC's Baker Family Emotional Health and Wellness Center
Jeff Wax, LCSW-R

There are many reasons why a child (or an adult) might benefit from having a psychological evaluation. This can sound daunting, especially if your doctor or teacher suggests that your child needs to be evaluated. But evaluations are very helpful if you are concerned about your child’s academic standing.

The following are several reasons why a psychological evaluation could be beneficial:

  1. An evaluation is sometimes needed as part of an admissions process to a particular type of school or school program. For example, this can be required for entry to some gifted and talented programs or other special types of schools.

  2. An evaluation could be required in order to document the need for school support services such as a teacher’s aide, a tutor, assistive equipment or other accommodations during the school day or test taking.

  3. An evaluation can help determine if your child has a learning disability or information processing problem.

  4. In addition, if you observe your child exhibiting behaviors that are out of the ordinary, an evaluation can help clarify what professionals may recognize as symptoms that may be connected to a more serious emotional difficulty and then be able to offer next-step options to improve and support life.

Remember, an evaluation is intended to support your child’s academic and social life. The goal is to find out what is going on with your child and then formulate a plan to support changes and improve life.

CHC understands the needs of children with hearing loss

If you are interested, psychological evaluations can be scheduled here at the Baker Family Emotional Health and Wellness Center at CHC. Most psychologists do not understand the impact and meaning of hearing loss during an evaluation. We do. Our psychologist has many years of experience working in health care and school settings with children who have any degree of hearing loss, including those who use American Sign Language as their primary mode of communication or who may be hearing aid or cochlear implant users.

For more information regarding referrals, appointments and fees, please contact Jeffrey Wax, LCSWR, Director, Emotional Health and Wellness Center at 917-305-7739 or

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