Child Assessment


Gifted and Talented Testing

There are many excellent public and private schools for gifted and talented children in the front range area of Colorado.  Admission to these schools may require IQ testing. The psychologists at Turning Point Assessments understand the educational and emotional needs of each client and are able to observe the unique behaviors and test taking styles of gifted children.

Because of the many school choices available, parents are faced with overwhelming decisions about where to enroll their gifted children.  The choice involves economic considerations as well as personal values about education and making sure their children’s needs are met.  Turning Point Assessments provides more than just test scores.  We provide parents the guidance and personalized advice on what to look for in the right school for their children.

Disability Determination

Often times parents suspect that their child has a learning disability, AD/HD, autism, or psycho-social problems and they don’t know where to turn for a professional assessment.   The school may be suggesting their child has a disability, and they would like an outside opinion.  When a diagnosis is made, Turning Point psychologists give recommendations for home and school along with a full explanation of the diagnosis.  When a diagnosis is not appropriate, clients are given helpful information for meeting their child’s needs.

General IQ and Achievement Testing

Parents have so many choices available to them when deciding where to send their child to school.  Private schools, charter schools and choice schools often follow specific methods and philosophies.  If you want to make an informed choice about what kind of education would be best for your child it helps to know his or her learning style and aptitude.

You may also be frustrated that your child’s teachers are sending home negative notes day after day and you don’t know how to advocate for your child’s needs.  Knowing your child’s academic levels and learning styles and having specific recommendations will help you communicate with your child’s teachers about his or her needs.  Additionally, parents need information about their children’s intellectual development in order to make sure they have the right expectations


 Adult Assessment

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You may be wondering about your IQ and academic levels for many reasons.  Perhaps you are choosing a career path, deciding to go to college or wanting a change of employment.  Knowing your aptitude strengths and learning styles can help you make an informed choice on how to move forward with your goals.

Documentation of Disabilities for College Students

If you are a college student with a disability you may need accommodations in order to succeed in school.  The assessments and reports provided by Turning Point include the current documentation you need according to your college or university guidelines.  We follow the guidelines of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) and the State of Colorado.  You will have everything you need to provide to your college office of disability services at an affordable cost.

If you will be taking an admissions test and you need to update your disability diagnosis in order to receive test accommodations, we provide the assessment information needed for accommodations on the L-SAT, G-MAT, SAT or ACT including the results of the Nelson Denny timed reading comprehension test.  We will also complete the required evaluator forms needed for accommodations on the test.

Disability Determination 

There are many accounts of adults who have gone through school or dropped out of school never knowing that they had a learning disability or ADHD.  If you suspect that you might have a disability, we can provide the information you need to put your mind at ease.  Our reports include helpful recommendations that you can start using right away to help you cope with the demands of life.



In order to receive must-have accommodations on the entrance exam to law school: the LSAT corporation, required a battery of tests. Exasperated by the whole process, I went to Turning Point Testing for help. After mailing in the strong and eloquent narrative, explaining the results,the LSAT Corporation, without one, single, additional peep, granted every accommodation I requested and more. Turning Point Testing was there during a significant and stressful time; and, just as important, I had my needs met.
Forever thankful, Ian Watlington

Hello Patty, You will be happy to know that [my child’s] school… was immediately responsive to the testing report you put together!  They were very impressed with your report and wish they could have a report like that for every kid in school!   We met with them today and they are placing [my child] on an ALP and keeping his IEP, and he will be in the Gifted program at school.  His classroom teacher and special ed teacher are more than willing to make some accommodations that you recommended to help him.  After spring break, we will be meeting with the District’s Twice Exceptional Specialist and the Gifted Specialist for next steps and suggestions.  I was not aware there is a district specialist for twice exceptional students.

We decided to seek Patty’s help when our daughter’s mis-behavior at school increased in combination with her growing sentiments of, “I hate school.”  At home she was also becoming increasingly intense, angry and at the same time very self-critical.  We’d been seeking help from her teacher and friends, but we knew it was time to get some expert advice.  Because Patty spent the extra time getting to know our daughter while doing her assessment, our daughter truly enjoyed her time with Miss Patty.  Our daughter is shy with new people, and it was Patty’s warmth and interest that coaxed her out of her shell so Patty could learn more about her.
Our first visit with Patty was truly a turning point for our daughter.  Although it is hard to believe, I could see it immediately following our visit.  Somehow, Patty ignited a flame of renewed self confidence in our daughter that continued to grow as we implemented Patty’s ideas throughout the following weeks.  Months later, I am happy to say our daughter enjoys school and is one of the best behaved kids in her class.  Amazing!  -E.B.

Dear Patty:  I wanted to take a few minutes and express my appreciation for you with this letter.
Before I found you and Turning Point Assessment Services, I was a 57 year old man lost in confusion.  I had spent my life running in all directions.  I was frustrated, and thought I was simply a man who would never “get it together”.  I even believed I was less intelligent than my peers.
After a divorce, and working in a business I hated, living in a small apartment, and feeling like I’d never accomplish anything of worth with my life, I took it upon myself to find answers.
Late one night, I got on the internet and looked for a service, a company that would get to the bottom of things.  A company that would have the expertise and testing, to find the answers.  A company that would discover what makes Dale tick.
I found Turning Point Assessment Services. I made an appointment with Patty Martens and the rest is history.  The testing and questions Patty provided did the trick.  It’s the first time in all my years that I have a healthy view of myself and my abilities.  All I had to do was take the first step.  Patty was a pro and I’m thankful to her for making herself available.  It’s a great service she provides.  I only regret that I didn’t seek her help earlier.  Thanks Patty,
D. Robbins

Patty Martens showed so much patience and understanding in working with the age needs of our child. He needed to move, she let him. He would go off on a tangent and she would gently refocus him.

We were so impressed by Patty Marten’s ability to zero in on our son’s abilities and needs.