What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Evaluations in Developmental Neuropsychology focus on cognitive, academic, and social maturation and the identification of strengths and weaknesses in these areas. Developmental Neuropsychology incorporates an understanding of the maturation of the brain in this process.
Some people have an atypical profile of strengths and weaknesses that can make managing classroom, social, or general life demands difficult. Some the these profiles will meet criteria for specific diagnoses, such as autism, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia and/or giftedness. Some profiles are simply uneven enough to cause a person some difficulty without actually meeting criteria for a specific diagnosis. People who have experienced a neurological injury (such as concussion or stroke) or neurological illness (such as a seizure disorder) may also have uneven abilities, some of which may be temporary and some permanent.
I evaluate children, teens and young adults for a range of learning, developmental or neuropsychological challenges. I also evaluate learning and attention issues in adults. Most of my work is with children, teens and young adults. Information is collected through direct testing with the child , interviewing those who are involved in the child’s life, and observing the child’s spontaneous behavior. Another part of the evaluation process is to work with parents to ensure that a good description of abilities and needs is developed. Equally important is the development of a plan of intervention to treat areas of weaknesses and ensure that strengths are optimized. For children who experience moderate to severe disabilities, it is important to help families find the resources that will ensure the best possible development into adulthood.