I take a neuropsychological approach to ADHD and learning disorder evaluations. In other words, in addition to assessing attention, behavior, intelligence and academic skills, I also examine other areas that are often associated with these diagnoses or academic difficulties more generally, such as a memory, executive functioning, or fine motor skills. I believe that having this additional information about neuro-cognitive skills can better help families and schools understand what is getting in the way in the classroom and how to best help. It helps to create an overall profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
I can evaluate for reading disorders (e.g., dyslexia), writing disorders (e.g., dysgraphia), mathematics disorders, and ADHD in both children and adults. I can also examine how emotional or behavioral problems may be impacting learning.
Other types of educational evaluations include gifted or accelerated evaluations and kindergarten entrance evaluations.
Did you know?? ADHD is now used as the diagnostic label for what was formerly separated into attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). An ADHD evaluation would evaluate for attention problems, even if there is no concern for hyperactivity.