A Targeted Assessment is specifically designed to provide results related a specific diagnostic question and/or to help monitor treatment efficacy. Instances in which this pared-down assessment model might be requested are often related to:
• Medication monitoring - To answer questions about whether a specific medication and or changes in medication dose appear to be providing a beneficial impact on specific behaviors or mood.
• Treatment monitoring - To answer questions related to whether a specific form of therapy or other intervention is impacting specific behaviors or mood symptoms.
• Diagnostic/Psychodiagnostic clarification - In this form of assessment, specific questions about an existing diagnosis or a possible diagnosis are explored. For example, the referral question may include concerns about a possible diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or mood disorder (e.g., Anxiety, Depression).
• Skill specific information - Assessment of specific skills related to reading, writing or mathematics can help provide critical information for clients receiving support services. For example, a client may be receiving tutoring for reading weakness and request assessment of specific skills related to the reading process to help inform intervention.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Clinical interviews are conducted with a parent/parents and the client. Assessment includes interactive questions, hands-on activities and administration of rating scales/questionnaires to the client and others (e.g., parents, teachers, tutors). Feedback is provided to parents and the client. Consultation with referrals or relevant treatment personnel is conducted. A brief Summary Report is prepared and sent to parents.