Psychological testing, or personality testing as it is sometimes called, provides a wealth of information about a child’s psychological functioning. While no psychological test can determine if your child has Asperger’s Disorder, it can assist in the evaluation. A battery of tests will give the psychologist a look inside your child’s emotional world. Aspects of your child’s personality that would take months to observe can be picked up in a few hours of psychological testing. His social style, coping skills, world outlook, problem-solving style, mood, and self esteem can be determined by psychological test results. The subtle forms of anxiety and depression that Asperger’s Disorder children often have are not easily observed, yet can readily be discovered during psychological testing.
This type of testing involves activities that most children find enjoyable, such as drawing pictures, telling stories about pictures, and completing sentences. As children get older, they are able to take self-report tests where they can answer questions about their thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Psychological testing should include several tests to obtain a comprehensive picture. Results can be immensely helpful for the psychotherapist working with your child in providing an in-depth picture of your child’s internal world. Interventions can be designed specifically for your child based upon the test results.