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 assessment completed. This may feel overwhelming or confusing. Our highly experienced clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists can help answer your questions and devise a plan that makes sense for you, your child, and/or your 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 and look under the surface of behaviors in order to gain a better understanding of what might be going on in each person’s brain and inner world.  The information obtained from an evaluation is an amazing opportunity to empower yourself or your child. The results obtained from the individualized assessment deepens understanding of relative strengths and areas of challenge or weakness, increases knowledge about learning styles, and provides information and recommendations to better set you or 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 individual child’s or adult’s strength and how to use those strengths to bolster the areas that are more difficult for them. Comprehensive evaluations typically reveal aspects of brain functioning that are doing well and that contribute to optimum learning, behaviors, relationships, and progress toward goals.  Similarly, this comprehensive assessment can help to clarify challenges, or select areas of functioning that are more difficult for the brain to process and master.  We view the evaluation process itself- what happens in the testing room- as a way to identify strategies and tools an individual uses to complete tasks. 

Following the assessment phase of the evaluation, the rich data your psychologist gathers [your interview, review of pertinent records, self-reports, collateral reports (from teachers, family members, others),  and analysis of objective measures] furnishes the information needed to make diagnoses (if any) and provide individualized, practical recommendations. 

When assessing children, 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 walk alongside you, step-by-step as we work through this process together. 

 
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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.

Child Evaluations

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 differences:

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:

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. 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.


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— Brene Brown

ADULT (17 +) EVALUATIONS

ADHD:

If you struggle with persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention or staying focused, difficulty quieting your body and/or your mind, or impulsive behavior, you might have adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD symptoms start in childhood but are often not recognized until adulthood. In adults, if hyperactivity was present in childhood, it may decrease over time, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and paying attention may continue and can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or academic performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. An evaluation for attention deficits can be completed to clarify a diagnosis. 

YOUNG ADULT FAILURE TO THRIVE/FAILURE TO LAUNCH

If you are struggling or have a young adult who is struggling with the transition to adulthood, a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation can be extremely valuable in identifying underlying causes.  Issues such as learning difficulties (even in bright individuals), or mood, personality, and social difficulties can impact young adults’ ability to succeed in college or work, leave home, and support themselves.  Young adults struggling with failure to launch (or failure to thrive) may seem “stuck” or not maturing in an age appropriate way. We are happy to discuss these concerns with you and provide evaluation. 

EMOTIONAL DISTRESS/TRAUMA/PERSONALITY CHALLENGES:

A psychological evaluation can be completed in order to determine the extent to which you are experiencing anxiety, depression or other emotional challenges, or underlying personality issues that may be adversely impacting your life and relationships. 

COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES/DECLINE (Associated with brain injury or illness, including progressive illness, as well as with Normal Aging):

If you or someone you care for is struggling with short- or long-term memory issues, increased forgetfulness, coming up with the name of people or things, losing train of thought, finding conversations difficult to track, or other changes in thinking, behavior, and/or mood, it may be helpful to have a neuropsychological evaluation completed. This type of evaluation can help to clarify if there are or have been changes in brain functioning as a result of a disease or acquired brain injury process, or even normal aging. Evaluations can provide insight with respect to diagnosis as well as recommendations for accommodations and modifications you or your loved one may need. They can also provide relief when results rule out a disease or disease process and in knowing that the changes are consistent with current circumstances or normal aging. 

GIFTEDNESS/TWICE EXCEPTIONAL ADULTS:

Many adults who know or have a sense that they are gifted intellectually choose to participate in evaluation to get an estimate of their intellectual capacity. Additionally, the term “Twice Exceptional (“2e”), increasingly recognized and evaluated in children, is now being applied to adults. “2e” refers to intellectually gifted people who also have some form of learning or other disability. They have the potential for high achievement in one or more domains, while evidencing one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria (including specific learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, emotional/behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum, or other impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The neuropsychological evaluation process helps with recognizing the range of cognitive, behavioral, physical, and psychological exceptionalities and provides recommendations for any accommodations and modifications needed.

HIGH FUNCTIONING AUTISM/ASPERGER’S SYNDROME:

If you are concerned that you or someone you care about may have an undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly high functioning autism/Asperger’s, we can provide a comprehensive, thoughtful, sensitive, and nuanced assessment. Through questionnaires, observations, and specific standardized testing measures we can help with diagnosis. Once the testing is completed, we will provide you with a comprehensive report including treatment referrals, recommendations, and next steps, as needed.

FITNESS FOR DUTY:

Employers contact us to determine if a current employee is fit (on a psychological and/or cognitive basis) to remain employed with their institution or company, as well as to determine if a prospective employee is a good fit for them.


Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
— Eckhart Tolle

AREAS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

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  • 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

  • Personality difficulties

  • College/University coursework difficulties

  • Work difficulties

  • Concussion

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Stroke/Vascular Disease

  • Dementias (Alzheimer’s, Frontal Lobe)

  • Progressive Illness (MS, Parkinson’s, etc.)

  • Autism/Asperger’s

  • Fitness for Duty/Work


About Our Team

Dr. Joy Malik-Hasbrook is the division director of our comprehensive pediatric assessment program. She leads a team of psychologists who have multiple specialties ranging from trauma, learning disabilities and ADHD, anxiety, emotional distress and selective mutism. 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.

Dr. Joy Malik provides comprehensive evaluations as well as therapeutic assessments. She supervises the testing clerk program. Dr. Esther Chon are endorsed in California as infant and early childhood mental health specialist, and is able to provide thoughtful, detailed, and sensitive developmental screenings, assessments and tools to aide in early intervention services; Dr. Chon is also trained in Bruce Perry’s NMT. 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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SPECIALIZES IN ASSESSMENTS FOR PATIENT AGES 3 TO 18

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SPECIALIZES IN ASSESSMENTS FOR PATIENT AGES 17 TO 99

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SPECIALIZES IN PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENTS

 

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. 


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. It is also of utmost importance to consider the value of such an investment in yourself, your child, or loved one. 

 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, and provide you with some initial resources and tools that you can use right away!

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