Assessment of Children & Adolescents 

Dr. Bahador has over 20 years of experience conducting psycho-educational and psychological assessments with children and adolescents between ages 4 to 17.  She also has extensive experience conducting neuropsychological assessments. The comprehensive psycho-educational assessments that Dr. Bahador conducts involve a brief telephone intake, a clinical interview with a child's parents (currently conducted on Zoom), a review of academic and previous assessment records, testing administration (face to face with student), phone communication with educators, physicians and/or therapists (as needed), and a parent feedback meeting to review the assessment results and provide recommendations. Dr. Bahador also writes a comprehensive assessment report, which includes recommendations for treatment and/or academic accommodations (i.e., extended time on tests).

 

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. Dr. Bahador treats 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.

As a health precaution related to COVID-19, everyone is required to wear a mask at all times while in the office (including during the testing administration). There is a transparent desk shield between the student and

Dr. Bahador during the testing administration (with a slot at the bottom to exchange testing materials). All testing materials are sanitized between clients. 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. Dr. Bahador has implemented these modifications since June 2020 and the testing process has been consistently smooth - kids and teens still enjoy it!

 

The comprehensive psycho-educational assessments conducted by Dr. Bahador 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 child’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. 

Areas that may be evaluated during an assessment:

  • Academic performance

  • Adaptive functioning

  • Attention

  • Executive functioning (i.e., planning, organization, working memory, self-monitoring)

  • Intellectual/Cognitive functioning

  • Language

  • Learning/Academic skills

  • Memory

  • Motor skills

  • Social/Emotional functioning

  • Visual-spatial skills

 

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)

  • Language Disorders

  • Psychiatric issues (i.e., anxiety, depression)

 

As an expert diagnostician, Dr. Bahador 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.   Dr. Bahador believes that the purpose of an assessment is not to simply “label” children, but to better understand how they learn, think, and feel. After working with hundreds and hundreds of children and adolescents over the past 20 years, Dr. Bahador has been witness to the accomplishments (and relief) of students once they receive the appropriate interventions and/or accommodations.  She is 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.

Dr. Bahador usually has a two to four month waiting list for comprehensive assessments. Go to "Contact and fees" for more information.

2730 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 543

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Tel: 310-922-4576

© 2016 by Dr. Tina Bahador