Assessment

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?

In short, it is a comprehensive evaluation of various types of processing skills located in the brain and expressed by behavior.  Such cognitive skills include sensory, memory, attention, visual-spatial, language, working memory, executive functions, and speed.  The client is referred for an opinion of diagnosis and a plan for remediation and treatment.  Data is gathered from formal testing with instruments (IQ tests, memory tests, adaptive behavior, executive functions, computerized attention, language tests, fine motor and dexterity tests,  interviews, observations, rating forms, and past records.  

 

Our practice specializes in the assessment of individuals from ages 3 to adulthood related to potential areas of concern: 

 

  • LD: Learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)

  • ADHD: Inattentive as well as hyperactive

  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder: High functioning and moderate to severe

  • Developmental Motor Coordination Disorder: Visual Motor Processing, Dexterity 

  • Language Deficits: Receptive, Expressive, Pragmatic, Phonological

  • Executive Functioning Skills: Planning, organizing, shifting, inhibition, working memory, emotional modulation

  • Intellectual Disability (ID): Subaverage Intelligence and adaptive behavior

  • Neurocognitive Disorder: Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure, Epilepsy, Brain Tumors, Diabetes, Premature Birth

  • Gifted and Talent

  • Twice Exceptional Individuals: Gifted intelligence and also a disability

 

The neuropsychological evaluation synthesizes the data to explain specific referral questions (Why can’t my child read?    What causes inattentive behavior?     What remediation is more appropriate for this problem?   Is this the correct school?   What mental health behaviors have an impact on development?).

 

In point, the report generated provides various EVIDENCE-BASED INTERVENTIONS (validated as effective through scientific research studies).  

Academic Accommodations
 
Autism Spectrum Disorders
(ASD)
Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Independent Education Evaluations
(IEE)
School Psychoeducational / Neuropsychological Evaluations
Learning Disorders


 
Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury

 
Academic Coaching


 

Academic Accommodations
(GRE, LSAT, SAT/ACT)

If you or your child are transitioning to a new school or university or if you need an updated assessment to determine eligibility for accommodations for classroom-based and standardized testing (e.g., SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT) these evaluations are designed especially for your needs.

Testing accommodations are modifications made in the testing to prevent your or your child’s disability from interfering with their ability to demonstrate their true skill levels.

They May Include:

  • Changes to the test such as multiple-choice rather than short answer, or a reduced number of test items.

  • Changes in the administration of the tests such as extended time, having items read using a text-reader, or having someone write your child’s answers as she says them aloud.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders
(ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorders are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Every individual on the autism spectrum has difficulties in one or more areas of social skills, empathy, communication, and flexible behavior. Autism spectrum disorder evaluations are tailored to determine whether you or your child has autism spectrum disorder or another developmental condition. We specialize in a biopsychosocial approach in regards to how you or your child socializes, communicates, and behaves. 

 
 

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue into adulthood. Common symptoms include difficulty paying attention, controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. It can be difficult for children with ADHD to pay attention in school, get along with other children, or finish tasks around the home. 

Independent Education Evlauations (IEE)

As part of special education rights for students, parents may request from the local school district an Independent Education Evaluation (IEE), an assessment funded by the district to provide an opinion about the student from an expert external to the school district of attendance.  Wiest Neuropsychology provides this service in a variety of different districts in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and the Inland Empire.  Parents request our services from the district, who then writes a contract with our business group.   The student is evaluated at our office in Orange to answer referral question regarding learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other health impairments, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and mental health (depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, psychosis, etc…). 

 

School Psychoeducational / Neuropsychological Evaluations

More information coming soon!

 

Learning Disorders

A learning disorder is an information processing problem that prevents an individual from learning a skill, such as reading, writing, and mathematics, and using it effectively in the classroom. There are three main types of learning disorders. 

            Reading Disorder- A reading disorder may be suspected when a child or adolescent reads below the expected level for his or her age, grade, or intelligence. Often reading disorders are seen as slow reading, trouble with word recognition, confusion around word shape and symbols, and difficulty comprehending what they just read.

            Written Expression- A disorder of written expression is often characterized by difficulty with skills related to spelling, handwriting, written composition, and understanding grammatical rules.

            Mathematic Disorder- A mathematics disorder may be present when a child has problems related to numbers, such as trouble counting, basic arithmetic, copying numbers correctly, learning multiplication tables, recognizing mathematical symbols, and understanding mathematical operations.

 

Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain, often caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.​

 

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching can be defined as the one-on-one process of helping a student examine academic concerns and perceived barriers to success. Coaches provide support as long as needed, assess the student's strengths and needs, and devise a personalized plan of action in multiple areas such as time management, procrastination, test preparation, note taking, and reading strategies.