Evaluations

We take a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to the evaluation process to ensure that it is individualized for each person. Standardized and functional assessments are selected based on each person’s specific area(s) of concern. The evaluation process takes into account measures to identify language-based learning differences including, but not limited to: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges with executive function. Each person exhibits strengths and areas of need, and our professionals consider both throughout the evaluation process. A comprehensive report will be provided along with detailed recommendations outlining each individual’s needs.

The purpose of a speech and language evaluation is to comprehensively assess the components of language, speech development, executive function skills, memory, processing, and articulation. Because each person is unique, every evaluation is tailored to uncover and explain an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.The extensive evaluations yield comprehensive reports and recommendations that help parents and professionals better understand each person’s needs in order to develop an effective treatment program. For those individuals experiencing severe or persistent articulation challenges, the articulation evaluation encompasses diagnostic therapy exercises to help identify whether the SmartPalate System© would be an effective intervention option.

An occupational therapy evaluation assesses the impact of occupational performance on school-based activities. We use diagnostic tools to examine: fine and gross motor skills, visual perceptual and visual motor skills, sensory processing, functional participation, and occupational behaviors. Through diagnostic testing, intervention programs are designed to assess and address the unique needs of individuals, reduce barriers to learning, and promote independent participation in all domains.

In addition to providing standalone psychoeducational, speech/language, and occupational therapy evaluations, we are also able to provide multidisciplinary evaluations in which our team members from different professions collaborate to assess an individual. This approach allows for a more cost-effective targeted approach when a comprehensive evaluation may not be warranted. For example, when providing a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation, our psychologists can collaborate with a speech pathologist to assess very specific types of problems such as articulation issues. In this case, a comprehensive speech language evaluation may not be necessary to document the specific needs of the individual.

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