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Assessments can be conducted to address specific questions, and help guide treatment planning, and diagnosis. For example, psycho-educational testing can provide a picture of a student’s cognitive profile to facilitate school planning and diagnose the presence of a learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder.

Adults can also benefit from psychological assessments for a range of reasons, including helping to recognize previously unidentified learning, attentional, or cognitive problems. Counseling related to the meaning and implications of findings from an assessment can help guide decision-making regarding further treatment, workplace concerns, or academic planning.

We offer several therapeutic psychological assessment services:

  • Emotional/Behavioral Evaluations
  • Personality Testing
  • Intelligence/Gifted Testing
  • Learning Disability Evaluations
  • ADHD Evaluations
  • Vocational/Rehabilitation Evaluations (coming soon)


Gifted Evaluation:
This type of evaluation is conducted to determine if your child meets the criteria for gifted placement.

Developmental Evaluation:
This evaluation is conducted to detect developmental delays such as Autism and to provide recommendations for intervention.

Neuropsychological Evaluation:
This evaluation is conducted to assess neurocognitive functioning when there are concerns related to overall reductions in cognitive functioning which can be a result of a head injury, medical condition, or a neurodevelopmental disorder. A neuropsychological evaluation measures specific areas of functioning such as intellectual functioning, language functioning, memory and learning, attention and concentration,visual spatial skills,executive functioning, and motor skills.

Psychoeducational Evaluation:
This evaluation is conducted for patients having academicdifficulties. This evaluationalso determines apatient’spattern of strengths and weakness, andidentifiesif a Specific Learning Disorder(SLD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)might be interfering with academic performance. This type of evaluation is also conducted to determine if a patient meets the qualifications for certain standardized testing accommodations (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, Bar Exam, and Medical Boards).

Psychological Evaluation:
This evaluation is conducted when there is a concern related to the patient’s emotional, social, and/or behavioral functioning. This evaluation is used to assess Mood Disorders (such as Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, etc.) or Disruptive Behavior Problems (such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, etc.).

*At times, parents request for their child tobe observed in his or her school setting. School observations can be provided for an additional fee*

Evaluation Procedure:
The first step in the evaluation process is an interview with the parent or the adult being tested. Dr. Lavado will begin her evaluation by gathering information regarding the patient’sdevelopmental, psychiatric, medical, family, social, and educational history. Following the interview, Dr. Lavado selects target areas for testing administration. After the testing session is completed, each assessment is scored, analyzed and interpreted. Finally, a meeting is scheduled to discuss the results of the evaluation and to provide feedback with extensive recommendations such as educational strategies, accommodations,learning centers, and referrals to various specialists when necessary.