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Diagnostics & Testing

Psychological testing is a combination of diagnostic procedures performed by psychologists for the purpose of responding to and answering specific referral questions. Psychological assessments consist of standardized tests designed to measure and clarify aspects of an individual's cognitive processing, intellectual ability, achievement strengths and weaknesses, and emotional status. Additional assessments can determine personality functioning and assist in the diagnostic process. Assessments are performed in a one and one setting with the psychologist. The methods for psychological testing are standardized and include measures of reliability and validity. Results of the psychological assessments provide the initial basis for treatment and interventions.

Independent Educational Evaluations

Achievement testing clarifies academic strengths and weaknesses. These tests are also essential in diagnosing learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, executive functioning, and achievement levels. 

Intellectual Functioning

Testing which is necessary to measure intellectual ability (IQ) and overall cognitive strengths and weaknesses.

Identification of Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities assessments include educational, intellectual, and neuropsychological testing.

ADD/ADHD Evaluations

A thorough psychological assessment includes testing, patient's history, input from family, schools, or workplace, and are all used to determine the presence of an attention deficit disorder.

Personality Assessments and Diagnostics

To assist with diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations for psychological disorders, adjustment, emotional well-being, and substance abuse.

Custody and Family Evaluations

This process includes psychological testing, in-depth assessments of families, and collateral sources in order to make recommendations for the family courts and parenting schedules.  These assessments reveal key information on a child's development and coping abilities, psychological well-being and needs, parents' emotional functioning, including strengths and weaknesses and their overall parenting abilities.

 

Applying Results

Upon the completion of my evaluations, I provide specific educational and psychological recommendations which are helpful for students and their schools. I also provide descriptions and diagnoses for further treatment when appropriate. The testing process concludes with a plan for treatment tailored to the individual needs of the patient. I am also able to assist you in interpreting and understanding the results of previous evaluations that may be unclear.  I can provide you with expanded analysis and applications of test findings.

 

Learning Disabilities

Learning strategies, organization skills, memory techniques, and accommodations.

School Placement

Outcome of results can assist in decisions regarding grade placement, finding independent schools, school intervention, attendance at PPT meetings at schools, and college selection.

Educational Treatment Plans/Accommodations

Academic plans and descriptions for strategies to improve learning or remedial help when necessary. Many students benefit from accommodations including extended time, mnemonic techniques, reading help, note taking, and other academic assistance.

Treatment Plans

Treatment recommendations for mental disorders or substance abuse.

Parenting Plans

How to best plan for your children's needs and well-being. Designing a schedule for the involvement of both parents in their children's lives.

Parent Education

 Parenting planning and strategies based on your child's emotional needs, developmental stage, and learning style. 

Attention Deficit Disorder

Adults and children can learn strategies to regulate behaviors and focus, with or without the help of medication.