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Psychological Assessments
Psychological and neuropsychological assessments will help our team understand, at an in‑depth level, what is happening with your brain and body.

Some disorders we commonly evaluate are:
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairment (of unknown origin)
  • ADHD and Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Acquired Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Prenatal Substance Exposure (e.g., Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder)
  • Malnutrition & specific nutrient deficiencies affecting brain function
  • Trauma related to Abuse & Neglect
  • Psychiatric Disorders (e.g., somatization, Personality Disorders etc.)
Our therapists use a psychological and/or neuropsychological evaluation to determine the pattern of brain‑related strengths and weaknesses. It helps us understand the origin of different mental health problems and to be able to make a diagnosis.

These evaluations can help us determine a patient’s:
  • Executive functioning—the ability to manage and control behavior and thoughts
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Prenatal influences on development
  • Systemic illness that affect the nervous system
  • Brain injuries
  • Developmental conditions such as autism or learning disabilities
How does the psychological testing process work?
  1. We will have a clinical interview with the patient and/or parent (when necessary) where we talk about current problems and expectations for treatment. After this initial meeting, we will review of any relevant school, past assessments, IEPs and or medical records.
  2. We work together with other professionals involved in the treatment plan so we can understand the patient's full profile and provide the best patient care.
  3. If needed, we may schedule a classroom observation before the psychologist meets with the patient, which helps the psychologist understand how the patient is functioning academically and socially.
  4. In follow-up sessions, we will have the patient take different standardized tests that measure brain and emotional functioning for:
    • Attention
    • Memory
    • Language
    • Behavioral/emotional functioning
    • Visuospatial abilities
    • Fine motor skills
  5. After we complete the testing, we draft a comprehensive report to create a complete picture of the patient. We will schedule a conversation to talk about the results and make recommendations for the patient’s treatment plan. In that meeting, the psychologist, psychiatrist and parents and/or patient as applicable are all present.
All of the members of the treatment team will regularly communicate with each other to ensure excellent patient care, and make sure that the patient and family get open communication throughout the process.