Assessments


Dr. Sam takes a comprehensive approach in her evaluations to assess individual strengths, challenges, diagnostic implications, and for providing specific and individualized recommendations. 

All assessments include an intake to discuss goals, what you have or your child has been experiencing, and developmental history.  This helps us determine how to move forward in the assessment process.  In addition, Dr. Sam may administer questionnaires to you, teachers, or other caregivers to gather information regarding observations of skills and behaviors from different perspectives and environments.  She may also request permission to speak with teachers, other caregivers, specialists, and/or providers to best understand you or your child's functioning across settings. 

After the assessment process, a final feedback session is held to discuss results and interpretations, diagnostic implications, and recommendations.  Dr. Sam finds that the feedback session is critical for writing the final report as you know yourself or your child best.  She wants to make sure that all of the information is clear, understandable, and accurate, and that you work collaboratively to create a plan for moving forward.Evaluation Process

Types of Assessments

Comprehensive Assessments

Comprehensive Assessments can be extremely valuable for children and their families to get a clearer understanding of the child's specific profile.  A battery of industry leading standardized assessments are used to understand the child's cognitive, academic, social, emotional, adaptive, and executive functioning.

This can help identify possible discrepancies in different areas of functioning that may be impacting day-to-day life across environments such as school, home, extra-curricular activities, etc.  This can also be useful for identifying diagnostic implications and recommendations for interventions and support, IEP and 504 planning for schools, and school placement and recommendations for teachers.

Developmental Assessments

Developmental Assessments can be crucial in identifying need for early intervention in young children as early as age 2.  Research shows that early intervention for children with developmental delays can significantly impact growth and development of skills that are crucial for success as they get older. 

Dr. Sam specifically assesses development of social, communication, and emotional skills, and uses this information to further explore diagnostic implications such as possible Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other neurodevelopmental differences.

 

 

 

College Accommodation Assessments

If a college student has a previous diagnosis of a disability or is finding that he or she is having extreme difficulty in classes, the student may seek particular accommodations from the school. However, most universities and community colleges require up-to-date formal documentation of a disability in order to grant any accommodations. 

Dr. Sam administers a battery of tests to assess for possible diagnostic implications that may qualify the student for classroom or testing accommodations.  If the student meets criteria for a diagnosis of a disability, he or she can share the final written report from Dr. Sam with the school as formal documentation.