"I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race." Winston Churchill
How can an evaluation help?
- Provide a better understanding of a child's unique profile of strengths and weaknesses
- Give diagnoses if possible that can organize a parent's underestanding of their child's needs and provide additional resources
- Outline strategies for building needed skills in cognition, academics or behavior
- Help find an appropriate school setting
- Give strategies for seeking appropriate services at school
- Detail specific resources in the community that are a good fit for a child's needs.
How do I know it is time for an evaluation?
- Your child has consistent problems with development in some major domain such as language skills, motor skills, social skills, attention or academic learning
- Your child is failing academically for more than several months with no clear cause (e.g., move to a new school)
- There is a family history of learning disability or attention problems and your child is struggling academically or socially.
- Your child has experienced a concussion or other neuroligical problem (e.g., seizure) and is now struggling with school, friendships or general development
- Your child seems smart and capable, but is often very frustrated, angry or crying due to social problems or academic problems
What is the focus of your evaluations?
I specialize in assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities, attention deficits, cognitive impairments, and developmental disabilities. I have training and experience in assessment infants, children, adolescents, and adults. I assess learning and attention issues in adults, but not the impact of neurological illness or injury. I can work with parents, teachers and other professionals involved in a person's treatment to develop appropriate academic and work enhancement programs.
I am not a psychotherapist and do not provide psychotherapy or assessment of emotional disorders. If I have concerns about the possibility of an emotional problem, I will refer you to another psychologist for further evaluation.
- What are my mental health benefits? (I am a psychologist, so benefits are typically through your mental health plan)
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session? (I will use about 8-10 sessions of time)
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?