Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation

Dr. Taylor has been conducting comprehensive, thoughtful, and sensitive psychological and psycho-educational evaluations for over 12 years. She is available to conduct evaluations for children and teenagers aged 17 and under. She believes in the importance of collaborating with parents, teachers, and any other professionals in your child’s life, as needed, in order to fully support your child’s growth and development. Working with parents, she is able to help develop an individualized evaluation plan that targets your child’s and families specific needs. Being trained in trauma, and trauma-informed treatment, she thoroughly understands how early childhood trauma, and trauma throughout the lifespan, can impact development and learning. Through her integrative evaluations, Dr. Taylor looks for ways to highlight and identify your child’s strengths, and how to use strengths to support development of your child’s areas of need. She fully believes that comprehensive evaluations empower your child, and your family, with the knowledge to make well-informed decisions.


Trauma-Informed Evaluation:

Educational and neuropsychological evaluations often don’t fully take trauma into consideration when assessing for learning and attentional functioning. Trauma, stressful life experiences, and systemic/cultural oppression can impact the brain’s functioning and development. For those that have experienced early childhood stressors, it is very important to understand how this impacts learning, development, and growth. Dr. Taylor’s wholistic, integrative evaluations and sensitive, nuanced approach will support you and your family through this process.


Common Reasons for Completing an Evaluation:

Many parents are often curious to know how their child learns, thinks, and processes information so that they can set them up for success academically. Many children are referred from their pediatricians, teachers, therapists, or other medical providers, in order to determine what treatment recommendations will be most impactful. Other children who are struggling in school, may also benefit from academic and testing accommodations, which can best be determined through an evaluation.

Common reasons for referrals: Autism, Selective Mutism, Early Developmental Screenings, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Emotional Distress, Early Childhood Trauma, Adoption, Giftedness/Twice Exceptionality, Academic/Testing Accommodations.

Common areas of testing include: Cognitive, intellectual, academic, developmental, memory, sensory/motor screening, visuo-motor screening, language screening, executive functioning, attentional, emotional, trauma, social awareness and reciprocity, behavioral, attachment and relational testing. 

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Individual Educational Evaluation (IEE):

Dr. Taylor is available to support you through the IEP, and IEE process. You can request an IEE through your school district if you would like a second opinion of your IEP results. As part of the IEE process, an outside provider can conduct the evaluation, attend the IEP meetings, provide you with a second opinion, and help to put an educational plan in place to best support your child’s learning needs.

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What is the difference between psychological/psycho-educational and neuropsychological testing?

Understanding the many different types of evaluations can be confusing! Psychological and psycho-educational evaluations are typically completed by a clinical psychologist whereas neuropsychological testing is completed by a neuropsychologist. Neuropsychological testing typically assesses brain-based processing, cognitive decline, internal and external traumatic brain injuries, and how this impacts each individual’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Psycho-educational evaluations typically focus more on educational functioning, whereas psychological testing focuses more on social and emotional well-being. Dr. Taylor, being a clinical psychologist, is able to provide very comprehensive evaluations that focus on in depth social-emotional well-being, learning, academic functioning, attention, executive functioning, memory, and the other areas listed above.


Approach

Dr. Taylor takes a strength-based, wholistic, trauma-informed approach and believes in the importance of identifying and fully understanding each child’s strengths in order to bolster the areas that are more difficult for them. Comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational evaluations help to identify what comes easily to your child’s brain.  This process can also help to clarify challenges, and paths forward.  Dr. Taylor views the evaluation process as a way to identify strategies, tools, games, interventions, classroom and testing accommodations, and resources to set your child up for success. Dr. Taylor’s integrative evaluations and sensitive, nuanced approach will support you and your family through this process.

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What to Expect:

1.    A parent intake session lasting about 1.5 hours. We will discuss all background information, previous testing/services, and goals for the evaluation.

2.    From there we will schedule a school observation/teacher consult. It is preferred to conduct the observation before meeting your child so that they do not feel uncomfortable having someone there.

3.    Schedule testing sessions. Testing can take anywhere between 6-10 hours. Testing sessions will be broken down into separate segments depending on what works best for your child.  It is preferable to schedule testing sessions earlier in the day when your child is well rested.

4.    Consultations with other providers or professionals your child is working with, which may include pediatricians, psychiatrists, tutors, therapists, educational therapists, occupational therapists etc.

5.    All data will be scored, interpreted and written into a comprehensive report, which includes all testing data, interpretation, any diagnoses, treatment recommendations and academic/testing accommodations. 

6.    A parent feedback session (1.5 hours) will occur where the report will be discussed in depth as well as a plan moving forward. You will be provided you with resources and referrals.

7.    An appointment can be scheduled to meet with your child to discuss a strength-based summary of what was learned from the testing.

8.    A meeting with the school to discuss the report and how the school can be supportive of your child’s success is also recommended.

I think, at birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow (her baby) with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Time Frame:

·     Two to three weeks is required from the last day of testing to complete the report and meet for the feedback session.

·     Depending on how quickly the testing sessions are scheduled, the entire process usually takes about a month. 

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