It can be really hard to watch your kid struggle
When a child gets distracted often, it’s easy to jump to the simple conclusion and say, “that must be ADHD” or “it must be dyslexia” if they struggle in reading.
The reality is not so simple though.
That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have a thorough evaluation to rule out the laundry list of things that may look like ADHD or learning disabilities, so you’re coming up with the right solutions that will actually help them.
What's An Assessment Like?
When you come in for a psychological evaluation, we’ll start with a diagnostic interview.
We’ll talk about your main concerns and get some more background information, getting a clear picture of the your child's struggles and things that might contribute to them.
From there, we'll begin with the testing. The first session typically lasts about 3 hours.
The assessments usually include about 6-8 hours of testing. Since I know that can be a lot in one sitting, we split that into 2-3 sessions depending on age and other factors.
During the testing, we’ll be looking at a lot of different areas to learn more about your child’s unique strengths and struggles including:
- academic abilities (reading, math, and writing)
- executive functioning (like impulse control, planning, organization, etc.)
- emotional concerns
After we’re done, we’ll meet again a couple weeks later for a feedback session.
In that meeting, we’ll talk about the results of testing, identifying exactly where those difficulties are and giving specific recommendations based on those strengths and weaknesses.
One of the things that makes our practice a little different is our one-month follow-up.
I know that there is a lot of information to process in the feedback session, so you’ll have another opportunity at this meeting to ask any questions that came up since then.
We also get to review how things went when applying the recommendations, and we can make adjustments to help make those work for you and your specific situation.
My goal in the assessment is to do 2 things:
1) Give you a clear picture of what’s going on in your child’s brain.
2) Help you make a concrete plan -- showing how both to use your child's strengths to their advantage and put pieces in place to address their specific struggles.
To schedule an assessment today, call me at (651) 204-4034.