Evaluations

Why choose TLC for psychoeducational evaluations? We not only provide a comprehensive evaluation designed to help you better understand your child’s or your own needs, but we also provide you and the school with suggestions to help increase success and recommendations for services needed to help you or your child reach full potential. We focus on understanding the individual strengths and needs so we can create and implement strategies that will be most likely to help each person learn and make progress at school, at home, and in life.

TLC has offered comprehensive psychological and educational evaluations for children and adults for more than 25 years, utilizing a team approach to determine the contributing factors to learning difficulties. Our program can help children, adults, parents, and teachers understand and overcome a variety of difficulties that affect functioning at home, work, and school due to:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD) or autism spectrum disorder
  • Executive functioning or attentional difficulties (such as ADHD)
  • Difficulty in academic areas
  • Social-emotional difficulties
  • Adaptive functioning (independent life skills)
  • Other problems that affect learning

Child Evaluations

Diagnostic child and adolescent evaluations are conducted on an individual basis. Our evaluations examine educational strength and challenges, executive functioning deficits, developmental delays, attention deficits, and emotional factors that may be impacting performance at school, at home, or in life.

Types of testing include:

Developmental Evaluation: A Developmental Evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation for preschool children designed to assess all areas of a child’s development in order to determine if their development is progressing at an expected rate in several areas, including language, behavior, adaptive functioning, social/emotional, non-verbal processing, and pre-academic skills. This profile is then used to identify the presence of any developmental delays, to determine if any further evaluations might be needed, and to create a set of recommendations for parents and professionals working with the child.

Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation: We have a long history of providing comprehensive evaluations designed to fully examine an individual’s intellectual functioning, academic functioning, and information processing skills in order to gain a more complete understanding of strengths and needs. Depending on the specific areas of concern, psychological and educational interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations may include an assessment of learning disabilities, executive functioning, attention capacity, social and emotional functioning, and academic performance (reading, written composition, mathematics, study skills).

Evaluations are also conducted for college students and adults who require an evaluation of current abilities and functioning level in order to determine whether accommodations for higher education, graduate examinations, or work life may be needed.

We use the information gathered during the evaluation to facilitate the development of recommended strategies and supports that the individual may need in order to be able to be more successful within the academic environment. These evaluations always include an assessment of social-emotional functioning, attention skills, and executive functioning, and can be used to request accommodations or supports within the academic environment. Additional evaluations that may be recommended include speech-language, occupational therapy, and hearing.

Comprehensive Autism Evaluation: We have designed a comprehensive evaluation to thoroughly assess not only the presence of symptoms seen in individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but also to fully examine the processing strengths and weaknesses so we can provide families with individualized recommendations based on the individual’s profile A proper diagnosis of ASD — or the elimination of ASD as a diagnosis — allows families to obtain the help their child needs to reach his/her full potential.

Comprehensive Executive Functioning and Attention Evaluation: Our team has created a battery of tests designed specifically to evaluate multiple cognitive, behavioral, and executive functioning concerns that often relate to inattention and impulse control. Our evaluation will determine if a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate, and if so, what recommendations can be made to improve an individual’s functioning. Additionally, we provide an assessment of other aspects of information processing and social- emotional functioning in order to rule out other causes for the inattentive/hyperactive symptoms.

Educational Evaluation: The educational evaluation focuses exclusively on an assessment of an individual’s academic strengths and weaknesses and of current grade and age level performance in the three broad academic areas of reading, written language, and arithmetic. This evaluation is an assessment of current skill level and does not provide information related to possible underlying processing concerns or the possible presence of a learning disability.

Admissions testing: Many private or independent schools request an individually administered intellectual assessment for a child as part of the admission process. We are able to provide admissions testing to help facilitate the process for families seeking admission to a private school.

Screeners: We also offer screenings in reading, math, autism, and ADHD to better assist you in deciding if you want to pursue more in-depth testing for you or your child.

For more information about our Child Evaluations or to make an appointment, please contact us.

Adult Evaluations

At TLC, our Testing team conducts evaluations to provide useful information and recommendations for adults as they pursue their academic and occupational goals. Together, we can plan an evaluation that addresses your needs and is conveniently scheduled for you whether you are in school, working or both. We conduct customized adult evaluations including:

Evaluations for college accommodations. Gaining information to request testing accommodations is often the goal of those who have struggled academically for years but have never been evaluated to better understand their difficulties and receive needed support. Our customized evaluations for adults allow us to evaluate for specific concerns at reduced prices and offer a payment plan option to further help with the costs.

Updated evaluations can help families plan for college admissions. Evaluations can be helpful for those who were diagnosed with learning or attention difficulties when they were younger, but do not have the needed paperwork, or those who need updated evaluations to receive the necessary accommodations.

Adults often seek additional assessments once they make the transition to college, including targeted math or reading evaluations. This can be helpful for students who have attempted a course or courses several times, but have not been able to complete them despite great effort. Once facing the greater demands of the college setting, some individuals find that they need more support to meet the challenges successfully.

Evaluations for understanding special needs during and after the transition to adulthood. This can include intellectual and executive functioning, adaptive behavior, autism, and/ or social-emotional concerns. Evaluations can help an adult and family implement beneficial supports or identify occupational accommodations. This may include:

  • Executive Functioning & Attention Evaluation to determine if a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate and, if so, what recommendations can be made to improve an individual’s functioning.
  • DDA evaluations to help advocate for community resources before or during the transition from high school or once an individual reaches adulthood.
  • Autism assessments for adults who have wondered if this is part of their unique make-up.

For more information about our Adult Evaluations or to make an appointment, please contact us.