I conduct psychological assessments related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and differential diagnoses. I also regularly provide Psychoeducational Assessments and Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) for school-based services. It is relatively common for parents to wonder if their child is developing at an age-appropriate rate and/or if their child has the necessary skills to move beyond preschool to Kindergarten. In such instances, I provide resolution by conducting a comprehensive evaluation that emphasizes concrete and practical treatment recommendations.
- Psychodiagnostic Assessment
There are times when having a formal diagnosis is essential to obtaining the services necessary to support the child’s or adolescent’s needs. In these circumstances, I perform a comprehensive diagnostic assessment that clarifies the child’s diagnosis and provides applicable treatment recommendations. Diagnostic assessments may be conducted to assess for the presence of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and other related diagnoses.
- Psychoeducational Assessment
Psychoeducational assessments are conducted in a variety of circumstances: When the child is not progressing appropriately in his/her school setting and parents or school staff have concerns, when schools have conducted their own assessment of the child’s academic performance and the parents would like a second opinion, when schools or parents suggest that an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) should be conducted to best determine the child’s academic needs, when there is a question about the appropriateness of school placement, and in other similar circumstances.
- Developmental Assessment
Young children typically meet the traditional developmental milestones within a specified range of time. However, for a variety of reasons, some children are observed to have delays in meeting one or several of the milestones. When parents have concerns about their child’s developmental progress, I perform an assessment to determine whether and to what degree the child demonstrates delays. I then offer treatment recommendations, and when necessary, appropriate referrals for further treatment.
- Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
A parent’s decision whether to enroll their child in Kindergarten or to wait an extra year to afford time for further development can feel overwhelming. When it is unclear whether a child is developmentally ready to begin kindergarten, I conduct an assessment to determine if the child demonstrates age-appropriate skills that are typically required in a kindergarten setting. I consider the assessment results in conjunction with observations of the child’s temperament and emotional security to formulate recommendations that facilitate the parents’ important decision.