Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."

Psychometric testing

Question: What does Psychometric testing consist of? Our doctor has just suggested this as a first step in determining if our son has a real problem concentrating. -

Answer: Psychometric testing consists of a battery of tests used in evaluating many different areas of your child's performance. All areas of academics and age-related concepts are tested. Social skills are also included in the testing process.

This type of testing is done to help parents, counselors and teachers determine at what level your child is at. When evaluation and testing is complete, a recommendation is given as to what level your son is at, both academically and socially.

Attention and focus are areas which are also looked at. Your child may be very capable academically, however, he must be socially ready and mature enough to handle the academic workload. Attention span is very important, which is why this is part of this type of testing.

I refer for psychometric testing when parents tell me their child's teacher is concerned about the inability of their child to focus on particular tasks. They are easily distracted which leads to an inability to keep up with schoolwork. Frustration follows and the child's self esteem suffers. Everyone involved should be supportive so that your son will strive to his potential.

Medication is sometimes recommended at the end of the evaluation. Your child's pediatrician will discuss all the options available.

Remember to be supportive and consistent. Keep in contact with all involved in his care.

Dr. Betti

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    This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.