Neuropsychological / Psychoeducational Testing & Evaluations, & Psychological Assessment

What is it? how can it help? where do i start?

There are many different types of evaluations and reasons for having one completed. This may feel overwhelming or confusing. Our highly experienced team of clinical and neuropsychologists can help to answer your question and come up with a plan that makes sense for you, your child, and family. Our specialized team of psychologists view comprehensive evaluations as a therapeutic process that can be used as a way to peel back the layers under the surface of behaviors in order to gain a better understanding of what might be going on in each child’s brain and inner world.  The information obtained from an evaluation is an amazing opportunity to empower yourself, and your child, with knowledge about your child’s brain, and learning style, as well as a way to gather information to better know how to set your child up for success.

Scroll down to learn more or click here to complete our brief intake form. This will help us to determine the most effective evaluation for your needs, and get the process started.

 
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that is stupid.
— Albert Einstein
Together, we’ll discover whats under the surface.…

Together, we’ll discover whats under the surface.…

 

Our Approach

Our highly qualified, strength-based, team believes in the importance of identifying and fully understanding each child’s strength and how to use their strengths to bolster the areas that are more difficult for them. Comprehensive evaluations help to identify each child’s strengths, as well as what comes easily to their brain.  It can help to clarify challenges, or areas that are more difficult for their brain to process and complete.  We view the evaluation process as a way to identify strategies, tools, games, interventions and ideas to set your child up for success- based on both their strengths and areas of challenge.

We believe in working collaboratively with parents and all professionals in your child’s life in an effort to make the evaluation process as comprehensive and streamlined as possible.  We view you, as the parent, to be the expert on your child! We understand that completing an evaluation can feel daunting, we aim to work alongside you, step-by-step as we work through this process together.

 
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Photo credit: Quora

 

About the Assessments We Offer

We offer a full range of neuropsychological and psychoeducational testing and evaluation services, as well as psychological assessments. Below is a brief summary of some of the assessments we provide:

comprehensive Autism Assessment:

If you are concerned that your young child (aged 2-5) may have autism, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We can provide a comprehensive, thoughtful, sensitive, and nuanced autism assessment. Through parent questionnaires, child observations and specific standardized testing measures we can help to clarify your child's diagnosis. Once the testing is completed, we will provide you with a comprehensive report including treatment referrals, recommendations, and next steps. 

Selective Mutism:

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder that occurs when your child speaks well in some environments but not in others. Some children, for example, speak well at home but will not speak at school. If you would like more information about Selective Mutism, or are looking to have your child assessed, please contact us for more information. 

Early Developmental Screenings:

From birth to age three little brains are growing, changing and developing so quickly that it is hard to keep up! We will be happy to provide you with more information if you are curious to know about your little one's development and/or interested in a developmental screening.

Learning Disabilities:

If you child is struggling academically it may be helpful to have a psychoeducational evaluation completed. This type of evaluation can help to clarify if your child has a learning disability such as a reading or math disorder. An evaluation can help to clarify your child’s learning style and identify strategies, tools, and interventions to empower your child to reach their full potential. Evaluations can provide clarification on what academic and testing accommodations and modifications your child needs.

ADHD/ADD:

If your child struggles with paying attention and following directions in school and at home, or if she or he is often messy and disorganized, you may be curious to know more about ADHD or ADD. An evaluation for attention deficits can be completed to further clarify a diagnosis. We can attend your child’s IEP and/or SST meeting at school to help them obtain necessary academic support.

Emotional Distress/Trauma:

A psychological evaluation can be completed in order to determine if your child is suffering from anxiety, depression or other emotional challenges that can impact his or her life in many ways. 

giftedness/twice exceptional:

We are able to provide testing for giftedness and help to identify programs, schools, tools, resources, support and interventions to best support your child. Do you notice a mismatch between your child’s intellect and output? An evaluation can help to clarify if your child may be twice exceptional. 

 
Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
— Eckhart Tolle

areas of testing

  • ADHD

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Selective Mutism

  • Trauma

  • Emotional Distress

  • Anxiety

  • Test anxiety

  • Difficulty completing homework

  • Developmental delays

  • Heightened emotional and behavioral dysregulation/stress

  • Giftedness

  • Twice Exceptional

  • Early Developmental Screenings

  • Adoption

  • Attachment

  • Relational distress

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Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.
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About Our Team

Dr. Ashley Taylor is the division director of the comprehensive pediatric assessment program. She leads a team of psychologists who have multiple specialties ranging from autism, trauma, learning disabilities and ADHD, anxiety, emotional distress and selective mutism, infancy and early childhood. She and her team have experience supporting students in school as well, through SST and IEP meetings and helping them to obtain necessary academic accommodations and modifications. 

Both Dr. Ashley Taylor and Dr. Esther Chon are endorsed in California as infant and early childhood mental health specialist.They are able to provide thoughtful, detailed, and sensitive developmental screenings, assessments and tools to aide in early intervention services. Dr. Chon is trained in Bruce Perry’s NMT. Dr. Joy Malik provides comprehensive evaluations as well as therapeutic assessments. She supervises the testing clerk program. Dr. Deborah Buckwalter completes psychological and neuropsychological evaluation for adults aged 17 and up.

Our brilliant team of therapists believe relationships play an important role in early childhood development and incorporate interpersonal neurobiology into their work. Scroll down to learn more about our team.

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ASHLEY TAYLOR Division Director

SPECIALIZES IN ASSESSMENTS FOR PATIENT AGES BIRTH TO 16

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SPECIALIZES IN ASSESSMENTS FOR PATIENT AGES 17 TO 99

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SPECIALIZES IN PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENTS

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SPECIALIZES IN ASSESSMENTS FOR PATIENT AGES 3 TO 18

To learn more about our testing team, click on their names above. You may also click here to read a message from our Founder, Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, or click here to learn about our approach and interpersonal neurobiology. 


Testing Clerk Program

We also have a testing training program where we partner with local graduate schools to train a doctoral-level students in completing comprehensive evaluations. The testing clerk is closely supervised by Dr. Joy Malik, and able to provide lower fee evaluations.

Contact Joy to learn more and see if we partner with your school.

 

Next Steps

Feel free to reach out to us at any time! We understand that the cost of a comprehensive evaluation can feel prohibitive at times, which is why we have financial options depending on the needs of each family. Please don’t hesitate to ask us more about this.

 We know that obtaining a comprehensive evaluation is a big decision, if you are unsure about the best next steps forward, feel free to contact us for a consultation session. We will be able to provide you with more information regarding the evaluation process, make recommendations about a plan moving forward, as well as provide you with some initial resources and tools that you can use right away!

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