Remote Testing Information
Medical practitioners, mental health practitioners, and those conducting assessments including psychologists, speech and language pathologists, and educators have been rallying to adapt clinical practice to the physical distancing constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Learning Solutions, our clinical services have traditionally been largely based on verbal interaction as well as interaction with materials that are shared between the examiner (psychologist, educator, and speech language pathologist) and the client. We have carefully monitored the progression of teletesting including engaging in webinars and trainings, reading articles from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Speech American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Our guiding organizations have endorsed products and procedures for testing, which we adhere to as we engage in assessment. Testing under specific conditions, which we are following, has been shown to result in valid results. In addition to their clear guidance, all organizations require clinicians to use their clinical judgement to ensure that testing procedures are appropriate in the given situation. We engage in time-sensitive, high-need and high-stakes assessments that need to continue during this time to ensure timely services. Our goal is to allow for continuity of the care and needed services provided during this time.
Though we are following guidelines to ensure that teletesting we conduct during this time is reliable and valid, there are some types of testing that need to be done in person. Therefore, we may require clients to come into the office following the easing of physical distancing rules and regulations to complete testing. We are not able to test individuals who require more in-person support during testing (e.g., young children and others with a high level of support need).
Our psychologists are following guidelines and research put out by the APA, which can be found here.
Our speech language pathologist is following ASHA guidelines found here.
Our Educational Director is using standards from both ASHA and the APA (above) to provide educational assessment services.
We are also following new research on validity and reliability as well as older studies, which provide us guidance and structure during this time. We are happy to share these studies with you upon request. We encourage you to speak with us about our practices at any time during the testing process.