Preparing your child for testing will minimize anxiety and encourage cooperation. Before the day of testing, review what the plan is for their day and what they can expect. Avoid calling the process “testing,” as this word can cause anxiety in children.
Make sure that your child knows they will be meeting alone with Dr. Duke for much of the process. You might explain that people learn in different ways and that this process will help parents and teachers understand how the child learns best. The day will include a variety of questions, puzzles, drawing, stories, as well as school-based tasks such as math. While some of the tests may be challenging for your child, it is common for children to have fun with many of the tasks.
On the day of testing, make sure your child is well-rested and has eaten a good breakfast. While Dr. Duke will have some snacks and drinks available, please feel free to bring any healthy snacks your child may like throughout the day. You are welcome to arrive early for your child to meet Dr. Duke, become familiar with the office, and get settled before starting.
To avoid fatigue, breaks will be taken during the testing to allow your child to use the restroom and have a snack. Children are also able to spend time with their parents during the breaks.
Dr. Duke does not assume responsibility for supervising the client before the session, during breaks outside of the testing area, or after the session. Dr. Duke does not supervise the client in the waiting room, hallways, elevator, restrooms, or outdoor areas. A parent or legal guardian may determine that the client is sufficiently old and responsible to be left unsupervised; however, the parent or legal guardian assumes responsibility for the client’s safety and must remain immediately reachable by cell phone if they elect to leave the office building during a session. Please note that some of the psychological tests for children under age 6 require a parent or guardian to be present in the room during the testing administration.