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Psychoeducational Evaluations

Psychoeducational Evaluations

Dr Dohrenwend provides assessments for deficits in attention, memory, and behavior. Assistance and support for ADHD Diagnosis, learning disabilites, brain injury, IEP, 504 accommodation.Psychoeducational evaluations identify a full range of capabilities, learning strengths, challenges, and can clarify a variety of diagnoses including ADHD, dyslexia, learning disorders, executive function deficits, processing disorders, speech, and language challenges.

Assessments can assist with the following:
  • Clarifying diagnosis
  • Assessing memory, processing speed and cognitive functioning (e.g., learning disabilities, giftedness, memory challenges, slow processing)
  • Recommending testing accommodations (e.g. extended time or multiday testing for the ACT, SAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and state licensing exams)
  • Advocating for 504 Accommodations, IEP/IEE accommodations, and other academic accommodations and interventions
  • Support during the IEP process, determining IEP vs. 504 Accommodations, guidance with private or public school placement and course selection
  • Assessing working memory, auditory memory, visual memory, processing speed and other areas related to cognitive and academic functioning
  • Providing referrals for additional beneficial  accommodations or therapies (e.g. occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, social skills training, tutoring, brain training programs, biofeedback, or neurofeedback)
Areas Covered in a Psychoeducational Evaluation:
  • Cognition & Intellect (IQ)
  • Processing Speed
  • Fluid Reasoning
  • Working Memory
  • Visual Spatial Skills
  • Phonological Processing/Dyslexia
  • Auditory Processing
  • Academica & Achievement abilities – 20 different subtests in various timed and untimed conditions
  • Attention/Focus/Impulsivity
  • Reaction Time
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Emotional/Mental Health (Self-esteem, anxiety, negative thinking, anger, conduct, emotion regulation skills, etc.)
  • Parent Survey & Teacher Surveys to explore adaptive behavioral functioning
  • Sensory Processing (if concerns indicated)
  • Communication & Social Skills (if concerns indicated)

The Assessment Process

  1. Initial Intake: 15-minute initial phone consultation to discuss concerns and the type of evaluation indicated. After this call, intake forms will be sent via an email link and can be completed online.
  2. Testing: 1-2 sessions of face-to-face testing with client. Each session is typically 2-3 hours.
  3. Scoring, Interpretation, Records Review & Report Writing: After testing is complete, this process takes about 2 weeks.
  4. Results Session: 1 hour feedback session with client, or parent(s) if testing a minor. Testing results, diagnosis (if indicated) and an individualized treatment plan outlining specific treatment options, accommodations and recommendations are reviewed. A comprehensive report is provided during this session.
  5. Connection to Referrals. Local referrals are provided as needed and may include educational therapists, tutors, psychiatrists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, parent advocates, special education attorneys or psychologists.
  6. Coordination of Care Session (Optional for an additional fee): 1-hour session to consult with other relevant parties, such as attending off-site IEP meetings or consulting with physicians, school administrators, teachers, therapists, tutors, or academic counselors. This session can be scheduled after the final results session. Telephone or face-to-face sessions are available.

The time frame for a comprehensive psychological or psychoeducational  assessment is typically 2 to 3 weeks. Some assessments require less testing hours, which decreases this timeline.

Dr. Dohrenwend serves as a partner and advocate throughout the entire assessment process. Coordination of care is a priority and she frequently consults with other relevant parties either before, during or after testing.