Psychological and Psycho-educational testing

Psychological and Psycho-educational Testing:

  • Psychological and psycho-educational testing to diagnose learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and mood disorders for elementary age, middle school, high school, college students and adults
  • An expertise in diagnosing and understanding ADHD unmatched in St. Louis
  • Re-evaluation testing for high school students, college students and graduate students
  • Extensive experience with ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE, bar examination and professional board examinations.
What Testing Should Accomplish and How Testing Works:
 
Testing helps us create a "picture" of a student's learning profile: how his/her memory works, how efficient is he/she at moving through written material, what his/her intellectual strengths and weaknesses are, what type of learner he/she is and how his/her attention/anxiety/behavior affects his/her ability to learn.  Testing may also lead us to diagnoses and clarity regarding why the student is struggling and how we can help them achieve success.
 
Joe starts the testing process with a 1 hour and 15 minute clinical interview with the student and parents.  The 1st visit delves into the students early developmental and educational history, current educational progress and daily life functioning.  
 
The 2nd and 3rd visits involve direct testing with the student. Depending upon the age of the student, a testing session may run from 1 hour and 20 minutes in length (grade school age) to 3 hours in length (upper high school and college age).  There are generally 2 testing visits - there can be a 3rd if the student requires a great deal of time to complete academic work.  Testing with high school and college age students generally involves 6 to 7 hours of direct testing broken down over 2 to 3 appointments (2 to 3 hours each appointment).
 
Testing involves using specific psychological tests such as intelligence tests, independent achievement tests, specific academic skills tests, rating scale measures to evaluate attention, anxiety, depression and behavior.  Testing is an important process and Joe's training and experience as a licensed psychologist offers your student the best professional in the field.  In Missouri only licensed psychologists are allowed to use intelligence tests, independent achievement tests and personality tests in a private practice setting.  Joe has 26 years of experience working with these tests.
 
Our 4th visit involves meeting together to review the results, discuss diagnoses (if present), discuss and formulate game plans and approaches, discuss specific accommodations and supports at school, and finally discuss specific study strategies for your student.  You will receive a formal written report with all test scores, diagnoses, and recommendations after the 4th visit.

Psychotherapy and Counseling Services

  • Psychotherapy to assist the student with managing his/her anxiety, with depression, with ADHD, his/her studies, understand the expectations of the school, improve social skills and manage the emotional impact of learning difficulties
  • Parent counseling to further understanding of diagnoses and behavior, understand child development, improve behavior management skills, and improve communication skills.
  • Educational coaching to improve organization skills, time management skills and basic study strategies.
  • School advocacy to assist families navigating the educational world of IEP's, 504 plans, accommodations, supports, and college disability office services
  • College planning to help you find the right "fit" and an environment that works for you.
Joe's 26 years of experience with students and families helps quickly develop rapport, make progress and relieve the fears and anxiety of students and parents.



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