West Des Moines, Iowa


Educational, cognitive, diagnostic and psychological testing are offered to identify and better understand attention difficulties and/of ADHD, learning difficulties, autism spectrum symptoms, mood or anxiety symptoms, and other symptoms or diagnoses.

At Glen Haven, we believe that testing data is most accurately interpreted when we've had a chance to get to know the person being tested on an individual

level. We spend time getting to know you before the testing and helping you make sense of the results and recommendations after the testing. The testing itself takes several hours. When testing children, we utilize tests specially designed for them, so they can usually tolerate multiple hours of testing. It may be helpful to schedule testing on multiple days if you have concerns about the length of testing sessions.

Learning Disabilities - There are many different things that may get in the way of learning. Testing can help to identify these difficulties and provide suggestions for accommodating them. Individual and/or family therapy and consultation can also help in many ways. At Glen Haven, we provide services to help individuals and families deal with learning disabilities and difficulties such as developing strategies for coping with frustration in the learning process, supporting students and parents in navigating the education system, and advocating for students' rights. We also provide consultation with educators to better meet the needs of their students with learning difficulties and disorders.

Cognitive Testing - At Glen Haven, we utilize cognitive testing/assessment measures specific aspects of intellectual functioning, or IQ (Intelligence Quotient). It can be helpful to have this information to identify an individual's tools for learning as well as strengths and challenge areas. Verbal and nonverbal cognitive functioning can impact how a person experiences emotions and relationships; thus this is often an important part of many types of testing.

Educational Testing - Learning is a complex process. Educational testing can help answer questions about what gets in the way of learning and may address attention difficulties, processing differences and difficulties (ex: dyslexia or autism spectrum symptoms), test anxiety, and specific learning disorders (ex: reading, math, writing). Because learning is a complex process, educational assessment at Glen Haven includes many facets that provide helpful information about how a person learns. Educational testing may include tests for cognitive, achievement/educational, attention, and emotional functioning, depending on an individual's needs, strengths, concerns, and symptoms.

Diagnostic/Psychological Testing - Psychological or diagnostic testing can help to clarify diagnosis and direct people's plans for therapy. This type of testing may also help people who feel "stuck" in their current treatment. Because this type of testing can address many different kinds of concerns, including mood or anxiety symptoms, personality styles or disorders, etc. we at Glen Haven will spend time (typically 1-2 sessions) getting to know you before the testing, so we can work to answer your questions in the process.