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My private practice work primarily involves the evaluation of individuals across the lifespan, with specialization in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. This includes assessment of difficulties with learning/academic skill development, attention, behavioral functioning, emotional regulation, executive functioning, memory and learning, and social development. Evaluation is also available to assess difficulties related to congenital conditions, genetic disorders, and traumatic brain injury.

Consultation

If you are not sure if an evaluation is necessary or have questions about current difficulties or previous diagnoses, a consultation may be helpful. Consultations involve brief review of records and detailed discussion with parents/guardians regarding areas of concern. Consultation may be followed by specific recommendations for intervention or by recommendation for an evaluation.

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Psychological Evaluation

Psychological evaluations are conducted to assess for emotional concerns and dysfunctions. This includes issues related to anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and behavioral concerns. These evaluations include interview with the child/adolescent and their parents/guardians, completion of several self-report measures (by the child, guardian, teacher, and others involved in the care of the child), and assessment of intellectual functioning and screening of academic skills.

Psycho-Educational Evaluation

Psycho-educational evaluations are conducted to assess for the presence, or absence, of specific learning differences. These evaluations involve interview with the child/adolescent and their parents/guardians, completion of self-report measures (by child/adolescent, parent/guardian, teachers, others involved in the care of the child/adolescent), assessment of intellectual skills, comprehensive assessment of all areas of academic functioning, assessment of cognitive skills related to areas of academic deficit and strength, language skill screening, visual-motor integration, and social-emotional functioning.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation of several areas of functioning in an effort to assess brain-behavior relationships. This evaluation includes assessment of intellectual functioning, cognitive processing, executive functions (planning, organization, attention, etc.), academic skills, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning, memory and learning, motor skills, visual-spatial and constructional abilities, and language functioning. This is a large task, but neuropsychologists are trained to administer and interpret measures within the above mentioned areas taking into account the client’s individual history. This is completed to obtain an integrated picture of functioning, as difficulties in any of these areas may have an impact on several areas of academic, social, and day-to-day functioning. This allows for more accurate diagnostic decision, and more importantly, more detailed and individual specific recommendations for interventions and treatment planning.   

So, how does one decide if a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation is necessary or useful for a child? In some cases this is an easy decision: A child has a long history of delayed development. Behavioral, functional, attentional, emotional, and/or academic differences become apparent following a head injury (mild, moderate, or severe) or change in medical status. A child has been diagnosed with medical conditions that have a direct effect on the brain (i.e., epilepsy/seizures). A child has a history of difficulties with day-to-day task completion, even when there is a great deal of external structure. There are other cases that also lend to the use of a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation:  A child is experiencing difficulties in school or at home (academically and/or interpersonally), including but not limited to: learning differences, difficulties in a particular academic area, emotional changes or concerns, attention issues, behavioral changes or difficulties, and difficulties with timely task completion.

Process

In addition to comprehensive face-to-face evaluation, the evaluation process includes review of client history, observation of interactions between the client and their family prior to and during the assessment, and information from teachers, health care providers, and others who have worked with the child/adolescent. Taken together, this information helps to guide the development of recommendations and interventions. Seeing the whole picture, rather than just the individual pieces of the puzzle, allows your child to develop into their whole self.

Payment

Please contact me for information concerning specific evaluation rates. At this time I accept several insurance carriers, but I am happy to work with you in attempting to help you obtain reimbursement from your insurance company.

Payments can be made with cash, personal check, postal money orders, or by credit card (or debit card with a credit card logo). Credit card payments can be made using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card on location via Square Up payment services. For more information on Square Up, please visit the following links.