NW School Neuropsychology Associates offers the following services:
- Academic, gifted, and school readiness evaluations
- Behavioral consultation
- IEP and 504 planning
- School neuropsychological and psychological evaluations
- Psychotherapy and coaching for children and adolescents
- School and parent consultation
Academic, gifted, and school readiness evaluations
Academic evaluations are conducted to assess a child’s academic achievement and the cognitive processes related to achievement. Developmental, social-emotional, and behavioral functioning is also assessed to explore the relationship of these domains to the child’s school performance.
“Gifted” evaluations are academic assessments geared toward children and youth who may be gifted and talented. A gifted evaluation can be utilized as part of a school district application for entrance into a gifted or enrichment program.
School readiness evaluations assess a child’s cognitive, motor, speech and language, social-emotional, and adaptive development. The evaluation yields recommendations regarding the child’s readiness to begin formal schooling and strategies for supporting his or her development and preparation for kindergarten.
Challenging behaviors in children and youth can be difficult and stressful to manage. Behavioral consultation assists parents by providing insight into the underlying purpose of the behavior, how it is maintained, and alternatives to the behavior. Strategies for reinforcing positive behaviors and promoting motivation for children to use them are also explored.
IEP and 504 planning
Children and youth with special needs or challenges may qualify for individualized education plans (IEPs) or 504 plans (i.e., accommodations) at school. Dr. Edstrom can help families determine whether their child is in need of or qualifies for these services, as well as provide assistance in formulating a plan and working with the school to implement it.
School neuropsychological and psychological evaluations
Evaluation services include both school neuropsychological and psychological evaluations. Psychological evaluations assess a child’s or adolescent’s emotional, behavioral, personality, and intellectual functioning using both formal (i.e., testing) and informal methods (e.g., parent interview, review of the child’s records). This type of evaluation provides a picture of one’s “psychlogical health” and offers information about where intervention is needed to promote healthy adjustment at home, school, and in the community.
School neuropsychological evaluations are more comprehensive and involve a focus on the neurobiological bases of a child’s learning and behavior. These evaluations assess the domains of neuropsychological functioning, such as learning and memory, attention, executive functioning, and sensory-motor skills. Thus, a deeper understanding is gained of the cognitive processes underlying a child’s learning and behavior which, in turn, can yield better prescriptive and individualized recommendations. School neuropsychological evaluation is often recommended for concerns about learning disabilities, significant emotional and behavioral problems, neurodevelopmental disorders, medical conditions, and traumatic brain injuries.
Psychotherapy and coaching for children and adolescents
Psychotherapy involves cognitive behavioral and other therapeutic approaches to help children resolve emotional and behavioral problems and learn the skills they need for success at home and school. Parents are an important part of the psychotherapy process. Coaching is also a valuable technique for assisting youth in goal-setting and planning, monitoring their progress, and learning new skills to help them meet their goals.
Note: Dr. Edstrom is unable to accept new psychotherapy clients at this time.
School and parent consultation
Dr. Edstrom is available to attend school team meetings (e.g., IEP and 504) and consult with school personnel to assist the development and monitoring of an individualized educational program and/or academic and behavioral interventions. Parent consultation is available to address a variety of issues, such as concerns about a child’s development, parenting and discipline, school selection, social adjustment, and bullying problems.