Educational and behavioral wellness goals are best met when child-centered partnerships, including family, school, and health-care teams, are united to address the unique strengths and needs of the “whole” child, adult and family. Our staff can provide parents with specific resources and recommendations, so parents are able to make informed decisions on how best to support a child or adult’s specific cognitive, emotional and behavioral learning challenges.
Through out school advocacy consultation services, we can work with school districts, classroom teachers, and Individualized Educational Plans (I.E.P.s) or Behavioral 504 plans to help advocate for your child’s specific needs, special services, or classroom and testing accommodations.
Our Testing and Evaluation Services Help Client’s to Access:
Behavioral 504 Plan
Differential Diagnosis & Second Opinions
Individualized Educational Plan (I.E.P.)
Specific Treatment Recommendations
Test & Classroom Accommodations
Therapeutic Assessment Clinic
Our clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and testing services for a wide range of psychological, educational, and neuro-developmental issues, across various ages. We offer professional, standardized, clinical test and assessment services for measuring intelligence (IQ), achievement (academic skills), neuro-psychology (brain function & processing issues), and behavioral & emotional health concerns (for differential diagnosis and treatment plans).
All assessment services are individually tailored to identify the type and degree of challenge a child is facing and to consider the impact of temperament, family dynamics, medical conditions, traumatic events, and current levels of stress. Assessments provide crucial information for making treatment choices, setting educational goals, and helping to obtain the necessary community services. We make specific recommendations (strategies, priorities, and resources) that families can use to help address their immediate and longer-term issues.
What is a Therapeutic Assessment?
Significant improvements in mood and behavior frequently occurs as a result of participating in the assessment process. Why? First, clients feel cared about when they receive positive individual attention. Second, clients are reminded of their strengths and the possibility of overcoming their challenges. It is not all bad news. Third, clients and family concerns are amplified or de-escalated; all parties concerned are notified what change and support is needed.
Finally, a therapeutic assessment is not simply a medical decree that you now have a label or diagnosis. Psychiatric diagnoses are subjectively based on symptoms and history. Psychologists specifically trained in performance-based measures and rating systems can provide more objectivity, but everyone is uniquely individual, as a finger print. Client’s involvement in their evaluation and diagnostic process, talking together in understandable ways; all helps to demystify otherwise “insensitive” clinical labels and most importantly to improve client’s acceptance of treatment.
What happens during an Evaluation?
At the initial interview, we gather information about the types of challenges, as well as developmental, academic, medical and prior treatment histories. Identifying the specific goals for the evaluation, the child’s needs, and a better understanding the child’s history is all necessary for determining the best assessment approach. Then if psychological and educational testing are indicated, assessment instruments are selected to best address the evaluation goals. A comprehensive assessment may take 3 to 6 client hours and is completed over several meetings. Every effort is made to ensure that the process is enjoyable and rewarding for the child. Their levels of interest, motivation and susceptibility to fatigue are all taken into account when scheduling testing sessions.
After the evaluation process is completed, a parent feedback conference is held to discuss important findings and recommendations. At this time we carefully discuss the assessment results, review diagnostic considerations, and recommend specific strategies to help improve family life, support educational objectives, and support the child. We provide a detailed written report. If therapy is indicated, we can offer refers to appropriate health-care professionals, tutors, or agencies.
Our staff is available for consultation on an as-needed basis. Whether parents want I. E. P. advocacy support, a second opinion on their school’s psycho-educational test results, or a better understanding of mental health, behavioral, or educational issues, we can help.
Appointments are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. The costs of assessment will vary depending on the scope of the evaluation; call for an initial free phone inquiry to obtain an estimate for the range of services and fees. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call 650 - 738 - 0807.