Our clinics provide in-depth evaluation services for a wide range of psychological, educational, and neurodevelopmental issues.
Why are children and adolescents referred for assessment?
Assessment is an important first step in getting help with a wide variety of problems. The following list includes some of the most common concerns for which people consult our clinic: • Adjustment Problems • Anxiety and Fears • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity • Behavior Problems • Depression • Developmental Delays • Learning Disabilities or Differences • Parent-Child Conflicts • Self-Defeating Behaviors • Social Difficulties or Stress
All assessment services are individually tailored to identify the type and degree of challenge that a given child is facing and to appraise the impact of traumatic events, family dynamics, and current levels of stress.
Assessments provide crucial information for making treatment choices, setting educational goals, and obtaining necessary community services.
As part of our service we also make specific recommendations (strategies, priorities, and resources) that families can use to address immediate issues.
The evaluation clinics offer a safe place for children, youth, and parents to share any concerns they may have regarding themselves, family, school, or social relationships. We provide a confidential therapeutic environment that is sensitive to cultural, family, and individual differences.
We believe that education and family health goals are best met when child-centered partnerships, including parents, school, and health-care teams, are united to address the strengths and needs of the “whole” child and his or her family. We provide parents with links to important resources and guidance in selecting among the myriad assessment and treatment choices available today.
At the initial family interview, we gather information about the types of challenges the child and other family members are experiencing. The specific reasons for the evaluation, the child’s needs, and the child’s background are all considered in determining the best assessment approach (e.g., a brief screen or a more comprehensive team evaluation).
Families are encouraged to bring school records, counseling reports, and the results of any prior testing to help us gain a comprehensive view. We also ask permission to speak with teachers and adults who may play a significant role in the child’s life.
If psychological and educational testing is indicated, instruments will be selected to address the child’s needs, with sensitivity to cultural issues. A full assessment generally takes 3 to 6 hours and is completed over several meetings. Every effort is made to ensure that the process is enjoyable and rewarding for the child; level of interest, sensitivity to stress, and susceptibility to fatigue are all taken into account when structuring and scheduling sessions.
After the evaluation process is completed, a feedback conference is held with the child and parents to discuss important findings and recommendations. At this time we review options and suggest specific strategies, offering numerous practical tips that we have found to ease family life as well as enhance the educational process. A detailed written report is also provided. All of our work is confidential, and we do not release any information without parents’ written permission. If therapy or counseling is indicated, we provide referrals to other health-care providers, tutors, or agencies.