Dr. Weissman offers psycho-educational evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. Her comprehensive assessments are designed to clarify an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in cognitive, academic, and emotional functioning. Assessment also helps to identify inefficiencies in cognitive processes, such as memory, auditory, visual and/or speed, which contribute to learning and social/emotional difficulties.
For children and adolescents, results from the psycho-educational evaluation are useful in determining an appropriate educational placement and course
selection, academic interventions and accommodations, behavior management techniques, therapeutic options and career direction.
For adults, results from assessments are most frequently used to update documentation of a learning disorder for college, professional study, or licensing. For both adolescents and adults, results can contribute to planning career direction, higher education and training and psychotherapeutic
The Psycho-educational Evaluation takes approximately six hours, which are conducted in one to three sessions, depending on age and stamina. Please bear in mind that one test cannot determine specific learning, attentional
and/or emotional issue(s). A battery of tests is needed to accurately diagnose the presence (or absence) of a particular diagnosis. The following testing categories may comprise a psycho-educational evaluation:
The Intake Conference is an in-depth interview with Dr. Weissman to obtain
a reason for referral and relevant medical, family, and educational information. The information gathered in this session helps to determine what types of tests should be performed and to make practical recommendations based on your particular situation.
With parental permission, Dr. Weissman may communicate with teachers to
collect further data. A visit may also be made to the school to observe the
student in the classroom.
Clients are also encouraged to bring COPIES of any previous evaluations,
reports and IEPs. Appointments for testing can usually be made within one
to two weeks of the initial interview.
The client may be asked to perform both verbal and nonverbal tasks to obtain an estimate of general cognitive ability as compared to age peers.
To gain a better understanding of learning issues, the client is asked to perform a variety of tasks to assess academic skills.
Specific Neuropsychological areas
Understanding the roles that different parts of the brain play in learning,
behavior and emotion can assist a person to become an effective lifelong
learner. This evaluation may include both verbal and nonverbal tasks
designed to assess attention, memory, organization, and problem solving.
Social and Emotional Functioning
Social and emotional assessment is appropriate when there are concerns
about emotional problems and/or behavioral issues. Objective and projective
personality tests are utilized to assist with diagnosis of an emotional or
behavioral disorder. Assessment can evaluate a child's feelings about self and their ability to use verbal and nonverbal information particularly as it affects social skills with family, peers, and teachers.
Approximately two weeks after testing is complete, an interpretive conference takes place to discuss test results. During this session, recommendations are crafted in accordance with a person's unique situation.
If this was an evaluation of a child at least ten years of age, you
are encouraged to schedule a follow-up meeting. At this meeting, Dr. Weissman will discuss mutually agreed upon information.
A detailed report summarizing the test results and
recommendations is sent to the client approximately two to four weeks after the
interpretive conference and once the bill is satisfied.