How can an assessment help?
- Understand whether learning differences exist - they may contribute to anxiety, sadness, low self-esteem, or behavior problems
- Understand how an individual learns best
- Help match expectations to an individual’s specific strengths and weaknesses
- Understand why ongoing treatment has stalled
- Formulate an individualized treatment plan that is effective and focused
What concerns can be addressed by an assessment?
IN CHILDREN & TEENS:
- Feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork
- Taking a long time to complete homework
- Difficulty concentrating on schoolwork
- Anxiety about schoolwork or going to school
- Difficulty expressing thoughts clearly in writing
- Poor grammar
- Punctuation or capitalization errors
- Slow, laborious reading
- Difficulty grasping math concepts
- Difficult-to-read, laborious handwriting
- Difficulties concentrating
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Difficulty organizing or communicating ideas effectively
- Time management problems
- Difficulty finishing tasks
- Interrupting others
- Making impulsive decisions
- Anxiety specific to work or coursework
What are the different types of assessments?
Learning disability assessments
- A combination of intelligence testing and academic achievement testing is used to assess whether a learning disability in math, reading, writing, or handwriting is present.
- A clinical interview, standardized questionnaires, intellectual testing, and executive function testing is used to assess for the presence of ADHD and to characterize an individual's unique neurocognitive profile.
Integrated neuropsychological assessments
- Learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, and depression frequently co-occur, and an integrated evaluation will blend two or three of the above evaluations. Learning or attention problems can be a source of anxiety or low self-worth – identifying this is an essential first step of a comprehensive treatment plan.
- These are required for admission to some private schools.
Individualized assessments of executive functioning, memory, processing speed, learning
Assessments of functioning associated with neurodevelopmental, neurological, cardiovascular, genetic disorders, or concussions.
- This may include impairment related to prenatal difficulties
How does the process work?
1. Assessments begin with a consultation so that we can gather the information needed to recommend an assessment personalized to your unique needs.
2. We conduct testing. We can schedule multiple sessions on one day, or this can be spread out over multiple weeks. Sometimes I will do a school observation if parents and I agree that it will add value and parents are comfortable with this.
3. Once testing is completed, I will meet with parents/adult patients to review findings and provide written, detailed recommendations so that you can immediately implement an individualized treatment plan
4. A detailed written report will follow with the data needed for documentation as well as explanations for parents/patients to understand assessment results.
5. I can also provide a number of optional follow-up services. I can attend IEP meetings and I can meet with you after the assessment to address follow-up concerns or process results.
I am highly trained in developmental cognitive and affective neuropsychology, meaning I am skilled not only in recognizing attentional and learning difficulties throughout development, but also in distinguishing them from the commonly co-occurring feelings of stress, anxiety, and sadness. I am well-versed in the latest research and will incorporate this into your personalized treatment recommendations.