Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation
Comprehensive assessment packages are determined based on each patient’s needs and questions, therefore the process is not the same for each patient and family. Typically, the process involves:
- An interview with the caregiver(s) and review of previous evaluations or records from other clinicians and/or the school
- Testing with the child (i.e., IQ, achievement, language and communication skills, executive functioning skills, behavioral ratings)
- Parent and/or teacher completed rating forms
- Observation and interview with the patient in appropriate settings
Families may seek a comprehensive evaluation for their child if they are concerned about their child’s functioning and progress in school, if they are questioning the possibility of an underlying condition such as an attention or autism spectrum disorder, or if they are finding themselves “stuck” in therapy and are looking for better understanding of how their child processes information and approaches the world.
Experienced psychologists, Dr. James Orth, Ph.D., ABPP and Dr. Heather Dukes-Murray, Ph.D. are dedicated to providing high-quality and efficient services dedicated to meeting families’ unique needs. Both have designed their schedules in order to complete testing within 1-2 weeks and provide a report and feedback to families within 1-2 weeks after completion of testing. Dr. Orth completes his evaluations on weekends. He is available to communicate his recommendations with schools as needed by families. Dr. Dukes-Murray is able to attend school meetings with families and, where appropriate, helps coordinate services for patients at their schools.
During the initial, two-hour evaluation, Dr. Sinoff will interview the parents and child for history and current concerns, review previous evaluations and/or therapy progress notes, and begin administering necessary tests.
Depending on the concern and age and abilities of the child, further testing sessions may be scheduled to complete the evaluation.
For more information on speech-language services with Meghan Barlow and Associates, please see Speech Therapy.
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