An assessment in our office involves several meetings – a parent intake interview, student testing sessions, and a feedback session to review the report and recommendations. In addition, with parent permission we will often reach out to school teams, treatment professionals, or other sources for additional information. Each psychologist completes each portion of the assessment process personally, and the practice team meets regularly to collaborate, share ideas, and discuss assessment questions. This allows for the benefits of both individualized attention and a team approach.
The focus of the intake interview is to gather background information, clarify the area of primary concern, and discuss the assessment plan. During the intake session we also discuss individuals who should be contacted to provide additional information, such as teachers, pediatricians, coaches, or other professionals.
Formal testing is generally conducted in two to three sessions, each lasting approximately three hours. Although the specific measures used depend on a number of individual factors, in general we assess intellectual functioning (e.g. problem solving, memory, attention, focus), academic achievement, and emotional/behavioral functioning.
Once formal testing is completed the information gathered is comipled into a final report; this process generally takes about three weeks. When the report is complete we hold a feedback session again to review the findings, including the testing results, the conclusions drawn from the assessment information, and the recommendations developed for intervention or follow up care.
The focus of the parent intake is to gather background information, establish a firm understanding of the questions the family needs to have answered, and discuss the assessment plan. In addition to our intake paperwork, many families bring additional information, such as school records, prior assessment reports, or teacher observations. This information is always welcome. Typically the intake interview takes place with only the parents present, although for young adult students a joint interview or separate interview may take place.
Student Testing Sessions
We schedule three testing sessions for each student, typically spaced about a week apart to allow some time for the psychologist to review initial findings and adjust the assessment plan as needed. Sessions are scheduled for three hours in length, although this may be adjusted for individual needs, and for each student breaks are taken as needed. Specific testing measures depend on a number of individual factors, but broadly we assess cognitive and learning skills (e.g., problem solving, memory and attention, information processing), academic achievement, and emotional/behavioral functioning.
After all information has been gathered, including teacher observations, a final report is written. This process generally takes about three weeks, after which a feedback session will be scheduled to review the results and report, as well as discuss recommendations, in person. Again, typically this session is attended by parents only, but adjustments can be made depending on family needs and student preferences.
We also provide consultation for individuals and families who need to access resources in educational settings, including 504 plans, Individualized Education Plans, and standardized testing environments. The process of requesting accommodations can be complicated, and many families find that an experienced, objective viewpoint can be very helpful.
Consultation services are individualized but can include office meetings, document review, or attendance at IEP/school meetings. Please contact us directly to discuss your specific needs.
Executive Functioning Skills: Support for Middle Schoolers
Middle School is a time of changing expectations. Students are increasingly required to manage their own work, schedules, and time, and for some students, this shift can be confusing, stressful and difficult. Learning, performance and confidence can all be affected.
Parents also often have questions
- How much help is too much?
- When is it time to step in?
- What strategies will help my student?
Students can often benefit from instruction and practice of specific skills, including:
- Identifying and understanding their own strengths.
- How to set good goals.
- How to break tasks into smaller “chunks” and manage time.
Our small group model that provides for both individual learning and professionally guided peer support.
After an initial meeting and skills pre-test, students participate in weekly sessions. Each session is structured around a specific topic, with opportunities for practice, peer feedback and adjusting skills to individual needs.
Weekly “homework” and parent support tools assist with practice at home.
After group sessions are completed, a final individual session mark the student’s progress and identifies future goals.
- Initial interview: $200.00
- Weekly sessions: $75.00 each
- Individual Progress Review: $200.00
For additional information, or to schedule an initial interview, please contact the office at 443-912-1230.