Hugh S. Smith, Ph.D. & Associates, P.C.
Hugh S. Smith, Ph.D. & Associates, P.C.

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Hugh S. Smith, Ph.D. & Associates, P.C.
1834 Oregon Pike

Suite 4 (Lower Level)
Lancaster, PA 17601


Phone: (717) 391-6808

Fax: (717) 391-0709

E-mail:kkuhns@

hssmithassociates.com

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Psychological Assessment Services

Psychological evaluations can take many forms, but generally involve a clinical interview, observations, and testing to provide guidance to the individual, family, treatment providers and/or educators in meeting a specific concern or need.  A frequent goal is diagnostic clarity to help guide treatment.

 

Psychoeducational testing can help identify features of a student that impact on their functioning in school, whether intellectual disability, giftedness, learning or processing disorders, or social and behavioral issues. Neuropsychological evaluations assess symptoms of brain injury or any organic neurological issues in order to guide rehabilitation and treatment. Other psychological evaluations can help with career guidance, matching an individual’s interests and abilities with a realistic vocational path.

 

From the interview and testing, a report is written that provides a background history, describes the tests administered, discusses the areas of strength and difficulty, and provides a diagnosis and recommendations for intervention. It is important to us to identify the strengths of each person we evaluate, as these strengths provide a cornerstone for recommendations.

Examples of Psychological Assessment Services Provided by our Group:

 

  • Cognitive/Intellectual (IQ) Assessment

 

  • Assessment of adaptive functioning in activities of daily living

 

  • Determination of level of academic achievement

 

  • Assessment of attention, memory and learning

 

  • Style of learning and processing information

 

  • Determination of nature and impact of traumatic brain injury, brain damage or organic neurological problems, and guide treatment

 

  • Social/emotional and personality functioning

 

  • Clarification of  diagnoses of mental health disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, conduct disorders and others, through DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition), and provision of recommendations for treatment

 

  • Determination of mental health issues and appropriate services for individuals involved with Justice System and Social Service Agencies

 

  • Determination of the impact of trauma on social, emotional, and behavioral functioning

 

  • Provision of updated cognitive and achievement tests for identified students to aid in receipt of college and university accommodations. 

 

  • Career planning, whether transitioning into a vocation after high school or college, transitioning into a new career in adulthood, or planning for a new vocation upon retirement. 
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