A neurodevelopmental evaluation is a specialized assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children, with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, emotional, and learning difficulties. The evaluation integrates information from a wide variety of sources to determine how the child is progressing in several areas of development, including cognitive, language, motor, attention, behavior, social, and play skills. The comprehensive nature of such an evaluation enables more accurate diagnosis, determining areas of strength and weakness, and the need for developmental and neurological interventions, including more accurate planning for early intervention and school services, including individualized family service plans (IFSPs) and individualized education programs (IEPs).
The neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment that integrates information from a wide variety of sources in order to develop a clear picture of who the child is, how he or she is functioning and to determine what is interfering with the ability to function more effectively. Several areas of development are assessed including intelligence/cognition, learning, memory, language, attention, visual spatial, motor, problem solving, adaptive, social, behavioral, and executive functioning skills. The comprehensive nature of such an evaluation enables more accurate diagnosis, determining areas of strength and weakness, and the need for academic, psychological, developmental, and neurological interventions, including more accurate planning for individualized education programs (IEPs).
The psychological evaluation is often performed in conjunction with the neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental evaluations and is desgined to measure a child's social and emotional functioning through a clinical interview, drawings, and projective tests in order to conceptualize and accurately diagnose any psychological difficulties.
IQ testing is almost always part of the neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological evaluations; however, sometimes it is completed separately to provide formal documentation of a child’s intellectual functioning/cognitive skills required for admission to a private schools.
I.Q. testing is also part of the gifted and talented evaluation which provides formal documentation of a child’s exceptional thinking skills, problem-solving, creativity, and academic achievement levels.
I am available to provide consultation to families who may not be ready to move forward with a full evaluation yet or have just had a recent evaluation that failed to help their child. I am also available to consult with other professionals working with a child, and with schools. I have extensive experience providing consultation to teachers regarding children with developmental, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
I am available to attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings to assist the child's educational team in understanding the evaluation results, understanding the child, understanding the recommendations for treatment, and implementing an effective and appropriate educational plan.
I take pride in being able to follow children over time to ensure progress. Getting to know children and their families and forming a long term relationship with them is truly the most rewarding part of my work. I am available to with parents every few months, or as needed, following an evaluation to ensure that the child is receiving the appropriate treatment and educational programming and to ensure that the child is making effective progress.