Denver Children’s Home’s Assessment Program offers resources for both children and adults who are interested in learning more about themselves and their current issues. Psychological assessment is a process that provides a comprehensive examination of various aspects of one’s personality, including thoughts, mood, behavior, and information about one’s history.

Some ways in which assessment can be helpful are the following:

  • To establish strengths and weaknesses of one’s learning style
  • To determine whether there is a learning disability
  • To identify how one manages stress, relationships or views the world
  • To clarify a diagnosis
  • To assist with treatment planning
  • To facilitate change and the treatment focus when the client is stuck

DCH offers the following assessments:


A measure of intellectual abilities that determines one’s level of cognitive functioning, including strengths and weaknesses.


A comprehensive look at one’s history, collateral information and results from a battery of tests that helps determine whether one meets the criteria for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Specific Learning Disability (Reading, Writing, Math)

A comprehensive assessment that involves looking at intellectual, achievement, and specific abilities that helps determine whether a person is underachieving for their age or whether they meet their grade-level standards. This assessment will determine whether one struggles in one or more of the following areas: oral expression, listening comprehension, written expression, basic reading skills, reading fluency skills, reading comprehension, mathematical calculation, and mathematical problem solving.

Socio-Emotional / Personality

A comprehensive assessment that helps provide diagnostic clarification and an understanding of a person’s social competence, emotional and personal characteristics that underlie one’s personality and way of functioning in the world. This includes one’s patterns of interactions with others, their view of the world and themselves, how they manage stress, their pattern of thinking, and whether there are specific diagnostic concerns.

Adaptive Functioning

This type of assessment provides information on how one is functioning in his/her everyday life. This includes an assessment of functioning in the areas of: communication, social, motor, and daily living skills. A cognitive assessment is also provided to determine the current level of cognitive functioning, including strengths and weaknesses. This assessment can be completed without a cognitive assessment, if requested. 

We tailor the type of assessment provided based on your or your child’s needs. At the end of testing, you will be provided with a feedback session that provides the outcome of the testing as well as a comprehensive report that answers your questions and provides various recommendations that will help you determine your next step in planning for success. Testing is provided at a reasonable rate and is completed by a doctoral level student who is closely supervised by a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. 

Please contact Dr. Michele Forstot Nadel, Assessment Director, at (303) 518-7566 for more information.