Comprehensive Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluations
Dr. Brown and her associates provide full neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. We partner with local pediatricians, neurologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and private and public schools who refer individuals who may present with developmental delays, difficulty sustaining attention, disorganization, learning differences, or other mood or behavioral issues that may be impeding everyday life.
Dr. Brown has 15+ years of experience providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations both privately and in the hospital and school settings. We use the latest and most useful standard measures to develop a detailed profile of strengths and weaknesses relative to the individuals of similar age.
Each evaluative process begins with an in depth discussion of you or your child’s history as it relates to development, education, socialization, and any other relevant life information. After the initial meeting, we will individualize the neuropsychological assessment and the actual testing could take anywhere between six and eight hours to be divided over the course of two or three sessions. During this time, we carefully review the individual’s skills and abilities in many domains including intellectual functioning and reasoning abilities, language, visual processing, auditory processing, memory and learning, motor coordination, and attention and executive functions such as planning, prioritizing, time-management, cognitive flexibility, problem solving, and organizational skills. These are the skills that are necessary for academic achievement. Close evaluation of an individual’s skills in the three main academic areas of reading, writing, and mathematics within the context of the cognitive functions previously mentioned can help determine the presence of a specific learning disability. Assessing one’s social, emotional, behavioral and personality functioning allows for a thorough understanding of one’s pattern of strengths and challenges in order to differentiate diagnoses and inform treatment.
During the evaluation process, we will gather collateral information from relevant sources (school, parents, tutors, therapist, etc.) and a school observation may be necessary. The final written report is delivered at a feedback session where we will discuss the results as they relate to relevant recommendations that cover a broad range of issues.
These issues may include but are not limited to: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-concussion symptoms, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Sensory Integration Disorder, Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Gifted and Twice Exceptional Students, Psychological Trauma, and a variety of Psychiatric Disorders.
We view the evaluation process as fluid and on-going. After the evaluation and feedback are complete, Dr. Brown offers to consult with the school or assist families in any way to help implement the recommendations provided in the report. That may include helping parents navigate the process with school to receive appropriate educational accommodations or remediation. We also offer support for executive function deficits, learning disabilities, sensory dysregulation, attention deficit and any behavior or mental health concerns within our practice.
Classroom observations provide a wealth of information regarding children’s academic, social, and behavioral functioning. They are often a necessary piece of the evaluative process that can be done as part of a neuropsychological evaluation or independently.
Dr. Brown works with many local private and public schools to help identify elements in the environment that may help students meet their optimal potential.