Diagnostic Evaluations for Toddlers and Preschoolers

A special focus of our practice is to provide timely evaluations for toddlers and preschool-age children who are demonstrating red flags for developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral difficulties, or problems in daycare/preschool. Evaluations follow best practice guidelines and typically include some of the following measures:

  • Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler-3rd Edition

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition

  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-3rd Edition

  • Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-4th Edition

  • Expressive Vocabulary Test-2nd Edition

  • Behavior Assessment System for Children- 3rd Edition

  • Bracken Basic Concept Scale- 3rd Edition

Diagnostic Evaluations for School-Age Children

We provide psychological evaluations for children who are demonstrating difficulties with attention and focus, hyperactivity, academic achievement, behavioral regulation, adjustment, or social/emotional functioning. Testing batteries vary based on the age of the child and the presenting concern. Frequently used measures include the following:

 

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-5th Edition

  • Differential Ability Scale-2nd Edition

  • Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement-4th Edition

  • Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities-4th Edition

  • Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-4th Edition

  • Expressive Vocabulary Test-2nd Edition

  • Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing-Second Edition

  • Gray Oral Reading Test-5th Edition

  • Nepsy

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2nd Edition

  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-3rd Edition

  • Behavior Assessment System for Children

  • Conners 3rd Edition

  • Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning-2nd Edition

Therapy

While it is common for children to have problems as they grow and mature, therapy can be helpful for children who are experiencing emotional distress that is disrupting daily functioning, is overwhelming, or is interfering with the achievement of age-appropriate developmental milestones. Therapy may also be warranted when a child’s difficulties are interfering with normal family functioning. With each child that we see, we work with the parents to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses the child’s specific needs. Parental involvement is a crucial component of every child’s treatment and we work together to form treatment goals, develop strategies for change, help the child to practice coping skills, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. We are committed to providing empirically-based treatments including behavioral family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. We specialize in treating:

  • Behavioral Problems/Noncompliance

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Anxiety

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Social/Emotional Concerns

Parenting Consultations

Parenting can be the most rewarding job in the world. But also the most challenging.  Whether its managing toilet training, sleep problems, tantrums, or picky eating, we all need a little help sometimes.  We know first hand that it can be overwhelming to find the right solutions in a sea of books, websites and plentiful advice from family and friends.  Every child is different, and we will work with your family to identify areas of concern as well as strategies and solutions that will work best for your family.  Initial appointments are 1 hour and 15 minutes, and 1 hour follow-up appointments are available to problem-solve continued difficulties and practice skills in real time.

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