Our Comprehensive Evaluations
In our practice we have expertise providing evaluations and interventions for children and adolescents from infancy through 21 years of age. Our neuropsychological evaluation encompasses testing the child across a wide range of domains including: cognitive functioning, academic achievement, language skills, memory, attention and executive functioning, visual-spatial and visual motor skills, social-emotional functioning, sensory functioning, and adaptive functioning. We utilize gold standard tests in our assessments to ensure that families can utilize our reports in the special education process.In our practice we have expertise providing evaluations and interventions for children and adolescents from infancy through 21 years of age. Our neuropsychological evaluation encompasses testing the child across a wide range of domains including: cognitive functioning,
In addition to the precise neuropsychological assessment, our developmental-behavioral evaluation further incorporates Dr. Learsy’s medical exam, review of all medical records and referral for genetic testing and/or appropriate age specific imaging techniques as/if needed. Dr. Learsy also completes the Parent Development Interview (PDI) to help inform the doctors about differences in the child’s functioning at home versus at school and interviews and observes the child. Additionally, as part of the developmental-behavioral evaluation, both doctors observe and interact with the child and parent in the community (i.e. at a park, at lunch) to observe how the child responds under these types of sensory and social demands.
In our evaluation process, we provide optimal conditions for the child during testing by meeting any sensory and/or attachment needs; this affords the child the best opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. We also stress the child. Observing and testing under both types of conditions allows us to scaffold the testing environment and in turn identify interventions and accommodations that will be helpful to the child.
The assessment process begins with an intake to gather information about birth, developmental, social-emotional, and educational history. Testing itself takes place over the course of two to three days in our sensory friendly office; some children will demand a longer testing timeframe. Testing conditions are private, with the child and family being the only clients in the office during their testing days. A school observation may be conducted (ideally prior to the start of testing) in order to gather information first-hand about a child’s functioning at school; we also communicate by phone with teachers and other school staff. Once all results are analyzed and the report is prepared, parents return for the feedback session or sessions. The doctors meet together with parents to ensure parents comprehend the results. When families share the report with the child’s school and Committee on Special Education (CSE), the doctors are available by phone to participate in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting.