What's An Assessment Like?
My goal in the assessment is to give you 2 things:
1) A clear picture of how your child’s brain works and what is getting in the way of them succeeding.
2) Specific tools, resources, and recommendations to help them succeed both at home and at school -- leveraging your child's strengths to their advantage and putting pieces in place to address their specific challenges.
Here’s what that looks like…
Initial Interview & Testing (2 Appointments)
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 your child's struggles and things that might contribute to them.
From there, we'll begin with the testing.
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 (usually 3 hours each)s.
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 (impulse control, planning, organization, etc.)
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.
This is also one of the parts that makes my assessments different from most other clinics.
While most clinics give you a few generic recommendations that don’t really tell you what to do next, you’ll end the assessment process with…
Several pages of specific, practical recommendations, including best-practice interventions that would be helpful for both school and home
Recommended resources for where to go next whenever appropriate
Lists of my favorite resources, including additional websites, books, apps, and other tools to help you moving forward
Paper and digital copies of all documents