About My Practice
What is Neuropsychological, Psychological, and Psycho-Educational
Testing all About?
Parents sometimes face very important – and possibly scary - questions about their children, including:
- Is my child dyslexic? If so, which subtype does he/she have?
- Does my child have dysgraphia or another kind of learning disorder?
- Why is my daughter having so much trouble managing her schoolwork?
- Does my child have ADHD?
- Is my son's defiance and irritability a normal part of his development?
- Why are friendships so difficult for my child?
- Is my teenager depressed?
- Are my daughter's worries normal for someone her age?
- Is my preschooler delayed?
- Should my child be in an advanced learning program at school?
- Does my child need early intervention or special education services?
- Does my child qualify for testing accommodations?
- Why is my son so disruptive in class?
Neuropsychological, psychological, and psycho-educational evaluations are used to answer these and other questions about a child’s development and needs. The comprehensiveness of the evaluation is often determined by the complexity of the referral question. In my experience, many children and teens benefit from a comprehensive assessment that screens several domains important for school success, including cognitive abilities, academic skills, visual motor functioning, language functioning, memory, attention, executive functioning, and social emotional behaviors. Comprehensive evaluations can help families understand the underlying processes involved in their child's learning and guide, in a very specific way, interventions moving forward. My goal, when providing an evaluation for a family, is to create a bridge between the student's learning style and their educational program.
Why Choose Sound Psychological Evaluations?
As a licensed psychologist and an experienced school psychologist, I have focused my practice and career on providing neuropsychological, psychological, and psycho-educational evaluations for children and their parents. When it comes to evaluations, my focus is on quality, not quantity. I limit the number of new families that I take on, so that I can give each new case the attention that it deserves. When I begin with a new family, I schedule most of our appointments for that same week. I encourage families to bring all prior report cards and assessments so that I may gather information from a variety of sources. With authorization, I am happy to consult with other professionals in the child's life. When I test, I administer a well-rounded battery that screens the primary domains correlated with good educational and social emotional functioning. The child's results are then compared to those of children the same age in order to determine how their development compares to what is typically expected. The value I bring to my clients includes my extensive evaluation experience and a comprehensive approach.
The Assessment Process
My evaluation process begins with a thorough interview of the parents. I view this process as a collaborative one as I believe that parents’ perspectives are important in solving the diagnostic puzzle.
This interview session is followed by one to three testing sessions with the child. During these sessions, I engage the child in research-based tests and other activities that are designed to give me information about his or her underlying intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, social/emotional, and behavioral development.
After that testing is complete, I meet with the family once more to discuss the evaluation results, as well as the recommendations on how to proceed. I also provide families with a written evaluation report, which includes targeted recommendations. Families can use that report when requesting services from schools, doctors, therapists, tutors, or other educational or healthcare professionals. Of note, I do not consider myself a specialist in autism spectrum disorders. If a child is evidencing many characteristics of that condition, I refer them to a specialist for supplementary testing.