Assessment of Children & Adolescents
We specialize in comprehensive psycho-educational assessments with children and adolescents. The assessment process includes the following:
- telephone intake
- 2-hour clinical interview with parents (to assess presenting concerns, gather history and finalize assessment/tests to administer)
- review of academic and previous assessment records
- testing administration with student (across 2 days for children and 2+ days for adolescents; conducted by Dr. Bahador or the other staff psychologist)
- phone communication with educators, physicians and/or therapists (as needed)
- 2-hour parent feedback meeting to review the assessment results and provide recommendations for treatment and/or recommendations
- comprehensive assessment report
Dr. Bahador works very well with children and adolescents, including those with special needs. She offers a safe and supportive environment to make the testing process a positive and engaging experience for children of all ages. She treat children and adolescents with tremendous respect, understanding and compassion. This enables them to feel comfortable during the testing process and also motivates them to try their best, which helps to obtain the most accurate results.
The comprehensive psycho-educational assessments clarify diagnoses (if appropriate) and help with determining factors that affect a child's ability to succeed academically and socially. Assessments also help to understand a student's learning profile, including strengths and challenges. This information enables parents, teachers and treatment providers to offer students the interventions and support they need so they can function optimally: educationally, socially and personally. Dr. Bahador believes that it is important to identify and highlight the unique strengths of each student in order to build on them. These strengths often become an important source of self-confidence and self-esteem, especially for students with learning differences.
Our psychologists offer valuable guidance to parents so their child/adolescent can function optimally academically, socially, and emotionally.
Areas that may be evaluated during an assessment:
Executive functioning (i.e., planning, organization, working memory, self-monitoring)
In children and adolescents, assessments may be helpful in identifying the presence of:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Learning Disorders (i.e., Dyslexia)
Psychiatric issues (i.e., anxiety, depression)
Dr. Bahador is involved in the analysis of each assessment, including determining diagnoses and recommendations for treatment and academic accommodations (as applicable). As an expert diagnostician, she understands the importance of accurate assessment and diagnoses in order to guide treatment, but she also appreciates that each individual has unique characteristics and strengths that need to be highlighted. After conducting comprehensive assessments with hundreds and hundreds of children, adolescents and young adults over the past 25 years, Dr. Bahador has been witness to the accomplishments (and relief) of students once they receive the appropriate interventions and/or accommodations. Our psychologists believe that the purpose of an assessment is not to simply “label” children, but to better understand how they learn, think, and feel. They are keenly aware that challenges such as learning disabilities or ADHD do not have to limit a student’s educational, interpersonal or professional success. Many individuals with such issues often possess unique strengths that they can use to overcome their challenges, and along with the appropriate support they can experience high levels of success and life satisfaction.
All assessments are conducted in the office. All psychologists and staff have received their COVID-19 vaccinations. The following precautions related to COVID-19 continue to be implemented to maintain the health and safety of our families and community:
- Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times while in the office (including during the testing administration). We have done this since June 2020 and the testing process has been consistently smooth - kids and teens still enjoy it!
- Parent, student and all household members need to be 100% symptom free for two weeks prior to the testing and on the day of testing for the student to be tested.