PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL and NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
The credentialed professionals of our practice, Laurel Brady, Peggy Kiker, Dr. Claudia Thomas and Dr. Ashley Badger have extensive experience in the identification of Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and other barriers to learning. Let them help you decide if an evaluation makes sense for you or a member of your family.
The results of these evaluations are essential for:
- Creating successful educational intervention strategies that work around weaker areas and build on the individual’s strengths
- Developing individualized instructional plans
- Creating successful habits that allow students to manage these learning challenges
- Documenting student eligibility for academic accommodations and modifications in high school, in college, and on standardized tests including the SAT and ACT
Psychodeucational evaluation reports contain appropriate educational interventions for school and home and appropriate accommodations in all educational settings to maximize the student’s true abilities. A comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation usually includes the Woodcock-Johnson Tests Of Cognitive Abilities, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Academic Achievement, The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF), and the Conners-3 Rating Scales. The Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA), foreign language aptitude tests and additonal, supplmental academic content test instruments are also available.
A neuropsychological evaluation is an assessment that may be useful in order to better understand underlying neurological and emotional processes. A neuropsychological assessment provides a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s cognitive/intellectual strengths and weaknesses, academic functioning, attention and executive functioning (such as planning, organization, abstraction), memory and learning style, problem solving and reasoning, visual-spatial abilities, emotional, behavioral and social functioning, and if necessary, skills of daily living. The value of a more comprehensive assessment can be tremendous in guiding concerns such as:
- Developmental concerns (e.g., speech, motor, or social delays)
- Behavioral concerns, including difficulty interacting with peers and adults
- Diagnostic clarification and differential diagnoses (e.g., to determine whether possible mental and behavioral changes are related to ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, an undiagnosed learning disability, situational life circumstances, etc.)
- Determine if your child is “gifted”
- Determine whether academic difficulties are due to cognitive or motivational/ emotional struggles
- Insight into emotional and behavioral functioning to guide parenting and individual or group counseling (e.g., poor self-esteem, family discord, self-injurious behaviors, sleep difficulties, social anxiety or struggles, decreased motivation or interest in activities, unusual or irrational fears, excess worry, perfectionism, eating concerns, defiant behaviors, mood swings, etc.)
- Assess the impact of a medical condition that may be affecting learning and development (e.g., concussion, seizures, migraines, head injury, etc.)
- Referral to a psychiatrist or collaboration with psychiatrists to help determine which medications may be most useful
- Assist a physician with determining whether or not mental or behavioral changes have occurred; etc.