Child Diagnostic Assessments

Your child does not need to attend the Watson Institute to participate in our Outpatient Behavioral Health Services.

The Watson Institute offers comprehensive diagnostic assessments and psychological/neuropsychology testing for children and adolescents up to the age of 21.

Testing and diagnostic assessments can be provided when the family or the primary care physician has concerns about the child’s development and/or behavior.

Why Would My Child Need a Diagnostic Assessment?

The purpose of a diagnostic assessment or psychological/neuropsychology testing for your child is to establish whether or not there are developmental or behavioral concerns that may need to be addressed. This type of evaluation is the first step in getting your child supports.

Is your child missing developmental milestones? Have you noticed any of the following unusual behaviors in your child?

  • Exhibits difficult behaviors
  • Struggles to deal with emotions
  • Has trouble socializing with peers
  • No speech or delayed speech
  • Has obsessive interests
  • Is fearful or worries frequently

Having any of these behaviors does not mean a child has a behavioral health diagnosis such as an anxiety disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Autism Spectrum Disorder; only that you should consider a diagnostic assessment.

Our licensed therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists will work with you through each step of the evaluation process, providing recommendations for mental or behavioral health services that may help your child.

Child Diagnostic Tests

The Watson Institute’s team of outpatient behavioral and mental health experts provide an array of diagnostic testing and evaluation services to help assess your child’s behaviors. Diagnostic assessments and psychological/neuropsychological testing services may include:

  • Initial diagnostic evaluations when a developmental, emotional or behavioral concern is suspected
  • Periodic re-evaluations due to changes in behaviors or new behaviors
  • Wraparound evaluations and re-evaluations
  • Neuropsychological and psychological testing services to address specific strengths, weaknesses and learning styles
  • Visits to address specific concerns

The majority of mental and behavioral health tests and evaluations are covered by insurance.

Where are Diagnostic Assessments & Evaluations Offered?

Outpatient diagnostic assessments and psychological/neuropsychological evaluations and testing are offered at the following Watson locations:

Education Center Sewickley, PA
301 Camp Meeting Road | Sewickley, PA 15143

Education Center South in Bridgeville, PA
230 Hickory Grade Road|Bridgeville, PA 15017

Education Center Sharpsburg, PA
200 Linden Avenue | Sharpsburg, PA 15215

Friendship Academy in Pittsburgh, PA
255 S. Negley Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15206

To ensure a productive first appointment, please complete the following intake packet:

Behavioral Health Services Intake Packet

Medication Evaluation Intake Packet

Background Questionnaire

*Please complete the background questionnaire within 24 hours of making your appointment send the completed form to:

Watson Institute
c/o Behavioral Health Services Intake Department
301 Camp Meeting Road
Sewickley, PA 15143

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