It can be very frustrating and overwhelming when everything that you have tried to do has failed or has had limited success. Perhaps it is something hidden, behind the scenes, that is causing you or your child to continuously struggle with school, work, behavior or relationships. The brain is a very complicated system with many processes (memory, attention, verbal and nonverbal language systems, etc.). A weakness or breakdown in one of these processes can cause difficulties. It is easy for all of us to see a broken leg making it difficult for a person to walk. However, we can't "see" what is happening in the brain that may be contributing to struggles. Instead, we may use terms like "lazy" or "unmotivated" without understanding the full picture. Neuropsychological/educational testing will help us to determine if there is an underlying, "hidden" processing weakness that may be contributing to your or your child's struggle with school, work, behavior and/ or relationships. Once we can identify exactly what is going on through this comprehensive evaluation process, our expert Fully Licensed Clinical Psychologists provide an individualized “road map” of practical solutions to help you, your child or teen reach their highest potential. If you follow the road map we design using the data from the evaluation, grades improve, self-esteem and self-confidence improves, motivation toward school, learning and/or work improves, and relationships improve.
The evaluation process is comprised of a series of 3 steps:
1. Initial Clinical Interview (1 hour)
Parents or adult clients attend a one hour clinical interview with one of our doctors/clinicians during which a thorough understanding of the current concerns, as well as a detailed developmental, medical, and educational history is obtained. At this time, it is determined if testing is recommended, and information about the tests that will be used, and an estimated time of administration are discussed.
2. Neuropsychological Testing (approximately 3-5 hours)
Adults participating in an adult assessment are taken to a quiet room with the doctor/clinician to complete the evaluation with short breaks throughout the testing. With children, we try to make it as fun and comfortable as possible. Upon arriving to their appointment, children are greeted and given a general overview of the reason (previously agreed upon with the parents) for the evaluation in a “child friendly” manner. Once the child is comfortable separating from his/her parent, he/she is brought to the testing room to begin the evaluation process. Parents are welcome to stay in the waiting room or may choose to leave during the evaluation. Most of the testing is similar to schoolwork, completing puzzles, and pencil/ paper tasks. Positive reinforcement and continuous 1:1 praise and attention help the child feel comfortable and confident in their performance. Furthermore, the children love earning prizes for working hard and following directions. Almost all children truly enjoy the evaluation process and many ask if they can come back again. Adult testing is similar with short breaks offered throughout the testing.
3. Parent Feedback (60 – 90 mins)
After approximately one to two weeks following the testing, parents or the adult client meet with the examiner to review and discuss the testing results and recommendations. In this session, a “road map” is provided with specifics on how to proceed to ensure optimal academic, employment, social, behavioral, and emotional success.
We offer the most comprehensive, individualized assessments in the area. We are known for figuring out the most complex cases. People travel 100s of mile from different states to meet with our highly skilled doctors who have trained extensively at major hospitals and universities across the country in order to bring this service to people in our area.