Neurodevelopmental and psychological assessment can be useful to better understand your child’s unique and specific emotional and learning needs.
Every child is unique. Each child has a way they learn best, process emotions, and interact with the world. However, some children struggle with developmental, learning, or emotional issues. Sometimes what looks like a learning disorder in school may actually be related to an underlying clinical issue requiring treatment.
I believe that a quality assessment can identify a child’s unique strengths and uncover underlying issues that may impede learning and development. I do not believe testing is done in isolation. Instead, I work closely with caregivers, teachers, and other providers to tailor the assessment to meet a child’s individual needs.
Assessments typically combine individual interviews and testing with standardized instruments to gather information about a child’s cognitive abilities, developmental functioning, and emotional life.
Testing measures a child’s functioning at a point in time. It is useful when parents, teachers or therapists have questions or concerns about how a child is learning, developing, or functioning. Testing can also help clarify a diagnosis and guide treatment needs.
Testing and assessment help answer a variety of questions you may have about your child. Examples include:
- Does my child have a learning disability? What type of school supports does she need?
- Is my child struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or is there something else going on that is making it difficult for him to concentrate and focus?
- My 3-year old doesn’t seem to be developing as expected. Is he delayed? What can we do to address these concerns?
- What are my child’s neurological strengths and in what areas does she need support?
- What is her learning style and how can I best support her unique learning needs?
- My child seems moody. Is he depressed?
- My child isn’t progressing in therapy. Why?