COMPREHENSIVE NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS
Most children and adolescents struggle, at one point or another, with some aspect of attention, learning, or social emotional development. When difficulties or concerns persist, or when interventions that have been tried do not seem to be enough, a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is useful for clarifying diagnostic patterns and the next steps to take. At Interactive Discovery, psychologists work closely with parents, children, and teachers to develop a clear picture of the whole child. Using well-established tools, parent and child reports and observations, we consider the interaction of cognitive, neuropsychological, learning and social-emotional factors in a child’s life and experience. Diagnostic questions are approached thoughtfully and carefully, with an eye toward formulating recommendations that are practical and realistic. Our goal is to help parents gain a deeper understanding of their child’s unique learning profile, develop strong advocacy skills and engage in productive, collaborative relationships with teachers and schools. We also aim to help children and adolescents become more aware of their learning styles, strengths and needs.
Psychoeducational assessments are useful in instances where a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation may not be warranted, but it is necessary to re-evaluate a child, adolescent or young adult’s academic progress and functioning. Psychoeducational assessments may be prompted by questions about school or classroom placement, or the impact of a particular academic intervention (such as tutoring or a special class) on a child’s learning and progress. Psychoeducational assessments can be used to evaluate whether a child or young person continues to require curricular or environmental modifications, classroom accommodations, or other learning supports.
Psychological evaluations are useful for assessing the unique interplay of perception, attention, environment, background and personality that exists in each individual. The aim of this process is to clarify patterns and to identify areas of strength and vulnerability, while deepening clients’ self awareness and improving self advocacy skills. Clients are provided with feedback that includes practical recommendations aimed at improving aspects of life that can include education, career choices and relationships.
There is increased recognition of the early years as critical in a child’s development, schools and parents have. Preschool screenings are conducted in order to determine children’s strengths and weakness and to assess child’s overall cognitive ability. Some private schools require preschool screening as part of their admissions and application. Preschool screening can also identify those children who may benefit from early intervention services during their preschool years. The screening is standardized and ultilizes a play based format.