Testing & Assessment
CCAS is currently not taking appointments for assessments.
Community Counseling and Assessment Services (CCAS) provides evaluations for a wide range of psychological, educational, and neuropsychological difficulties. Specifically, comprehensive testing services are available for children and adolescents in need of psychological, educational, and/or neuropsychological assessment.
Potential clients for these types of assessments may experience difficulties in the following areas:
- getting along with peers
- managing mood swings
- low grades in school
- paying attention or following directions
- experiencing conflict at home.
In these cases, assessment is necessary to determine whether learning, attention deficit, emotional, or behavioral disorders are present.
CCAS provides services to children and youth in the Kansas City area that do not have other access to health insurance or other healthcare resources. The sliding scale fee structure is among the lowest in the area, and all assessments include written recommendations for intervention in the school, at home, and with other involved mental health agencies.
Assessment of Children & Adolescents
Assessment identifies specific disorders or issues and will often help schools and therapists to deliver appropriate interventions. Testing can help identify relatively common difficulties that may otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated such as depression, anxiety, mood or anger issues, learning disorders, and ADHD. Children do not tend to “grow out of” these problems, and symptoms can become more severe as the child grows older.
Neuropsychological Testing for Children, Adolescents & Adults
Neuropsychological difficulties can go undiagnosed as well, and neuropsychological testing is available for children, adolescents, and adults. Relatively common impairments can be found in areas such as attention, behavior, language, decision-making and planning, memory, and spatial/motor coordination. In these cases, a full neuropsychological assessment is needed to determine how even minor deficits may be impacting school, work, family, other relationships, or positive goals for the future. CCAS reports all results in a caring, thorough, and confidential manner. Specific intervention recommendations are made to the family, school, and other involved healthcare providers.
Common neuropsychological risk factors:
- History of seizures
- Neurotoxic exposure (e.g. lead)
- Head injuries (e.g. car accidents, abuse)
- Prenatal or developmental difficulties
- High fevers at a young age
- Chronic ear infections (untreated) at a young age
- Malnutrition in early years