Assessment

Assessment

We specialize in the assessment of learning disabilities, ADHD, and emotional and behavioral disorders across the lifespan. We conduct comprehensive psycho-educational and psychological evaluations on school-age children, adolescents, college students, and adults. Our assessment services are overseen by Dr. Amy Silverman, a clinical psychologist who has spent the last 8 years in Atlanta providing comprehensive psychological evaluations for a variety of needs.

Our Philosophy about Psychological Assessments:

We believe that everyone is capable of learning, even the most dyslexic reader or individual with cognitive limitations. We view the comprehensive evaluation as an essential tool in helping individuals (children, adults) optimize their learning potential by drawing on their strengths and weaknesses. Armed with this knowledge families and individuals are better equipped to choose resources that suit their learning style.

Areas of Focus:
  • ADHD evaluations (adults & children)
  • Learning Disability evaluations (dyslexia, reading disability, math disorder/dyscalculia, disorder of written expression)
  • Psychological evaluations (evaluations that assess the impact of anxiety, depression, and trauma on one’s learning)
  • Psycho-educational evaluations for submission to high stakes testing agencies (SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT)
  • Updated psycho-educational evaluations for high school juniors and seniors to assist with college-level programming (e.g., accommodations, course scheduling)
  • Classroom observations in elementary school settings to assist with diagnostic assessment and recommendations
Evaluations:
  • Comprehensive evaluations involve approximately 8-10 hours of face-to-face contact with clients and include:
  • Thorough diagnostic interview (with parents, adults, teenager, child)
  • Comprehensive assessment of intellectual abilities, academic achievement, attention/concentration, executive functioning, memory, language, visual-perceptual skills, visual-motor skills, and social-emotional functioning
  • Comprehensive 90-120 minute feedback session (includes reviewing report with family, highlighting learning profile of strengths and weaknesses, and discussing recommendations)
  • Separate feedback session for child (15-30 minutes) is included in assessment if family desires
  • Comprehensive reports typically take 3-4 weeks to complete after final testing appointment
  • Typically 2-3 days of testing
  • In some situations, a briefer, targeted ADHD evaluation can be done that might require less testing (4-5 hours of face-to-face contact)
Psychoeducational and Psychological reports include:
  • Documentation of disability/diagnosis and DSM codes
  • Recommendations for school accommodations (may help with IEP and 504 planning in elementary, middle, and high school) and in college
  • Recommendations to help with the transition to middle school, high school, or college
  • Assistive technology recommendations (apps, software, referrals to specialists)
  • Recommendations to assist with executive functioning (e.g., techniques to help with time management, organization, planning, referrals to specialists)
  • Referrals to psychiatrists, therapists, tutors, executive functioning coaches, and other professionals