social/emotional testing

Emotions play an important role in successful child development. Children who cope well with emotions and have good social skills generally feel connected to school, are confident, make friends, are less likely to get in trouble, and demonstrate a positive attitude toward school and learning. As such, it is important for parents to closely monitor their child’s emotional well-being and to seek evaluation if any problems are suspected.

What behaviors may be associated with social/emotional problems in children?

  • Irritability/anger
  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating
  • Emotional outbursts (e.g., easily frustrated, mood swings, anger outbursts)
  • Physical complaints (e.g., stomachaches, headaches) with no medical explanation
  • Change in social activities and/or social withdrawal
  • Sadness/crying
  • Sleep problems
  • Negative thoughts
  • Impulsivity
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Trouble getting along with others
  • Decline in school performance
  • Hyperactivity and excitability
  • Worrying and obsessions

What can social/emotional testing tell me about my child?

Through a number of tests and information gathered from multiple informants (e.g., parents and teachers), social/emotional testing at FamilyFirst can determine if your child is experiencing any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Adjustment Problems
  • Emotion Regulation Problems
  • Social Skills Challenges

This type of testing also will provide in-depth information about your child’s:

  • Self-image and self-esteem
  • Style of relating to others
  • Coping skills and frustration tolerance
  • Thought processes