About Me

ARE YOU LOOKING TO KNOW IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS AN EDUCATIONALLY-RELATED CONDITION?

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Autism
  • Reading disorder (former diagnostic name was dyslexia)
  • Writing disorder (formerly Dysgraphia)
  • Math disorder (formerly Dyscalculia)
  • Specific Learning Disability/Disorder (includes deficits in processing such as attention, visual, auditory, sensory-motor, or cognitive)
  • Intellectual Disability (formerly known as “mental retardation”)
  • Emotional Disturbance

ARE YOU SEEKING TO KNOW THE FOLLOWING?

  • What are your learning strengths and challenges as you prepare for future schooling, a career, or other intellectual pursuits.
  • How your cognitive and processing abilities compare to others your age across the nation (such as cognition, attention, learning, memory, auditory, visual, sensory-motor, processing speed) and how you might strengthen areas of need.
  • How your skills with academics (reading, writing, and math) compare to national averages.
  • Recommendations to help maximize future growth.

WHY CHOOSE ME FOR YOUR COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION?

  • Certification through the American Board of School Neuro-Psychology enhances my understanding of how learning works and many ways it may break down.
  • Ten years of experience and a unique educational background have resulted in hundreds of assessments that help individuals better understand their learning profile and know how to grow in their learning potential.
  • It is my belief that a person’s self-esteem is very important.  This is especially important to me as clients open up to me with their abilities and challenges.  To me it is important that we remember that we are people first, and as such we have inherent value.  Secondly, each of us has unique challenges and opportunities to overcome obstacles.  It is my intent to help every client learn more effectively, and to feel an increase in optimism about the future.
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
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EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

 

A SKILLED LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST CAN:

  • Diagnose or rule-out educationally-related conditions
  • Counseling in areas associated with learning and academics
  • Consultation with strategies unique to the needs of an individual
  • A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Educationally) testing
  • Intelligence testing (I.Q.); processing; academic skills
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment/ School or Pediatric Neuro-Cognitive Evaluation
  • Guidance to maximize learning in preparation for future (schooling, career, fulfillment)
  • Optimize skills in learning, boost confidence, and prepare for a bright future

My unique experience of serving students in the public school system, combined with my background and certification through the American Board of School Neuro-Psychology, give me a foundation to provide solid and useful evaluations.  Additionally, I offer educational counseling/consulting if you or your child are not in need of a full assessment and would like to discuss any concerns related to learning and maximizing educational growth.  Being highly fluent in Spanish, I am very happy to also work with individuals who may be learning English as a second language.

 

 

PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

ServicesThe majority of my clients obtain a Psycho-Educational Assessment.  This type of evaluation can be done with a person of nearly any age.  The process includes an interview with the client and/or parent or loved one where we gather any relevant data such as prior assessment reports if available (1-2 hours); the assessment (up to 10 hours of testing; split between five 2- hour testing sessions); the written report (usually 13-20 pages); a follow-up meeting when we discuss findings (1-2 hours).  A Psycho-Educational Assessment report provides information relevant to the case and may include a “rule out” or diagnosis of educationally-related condition(s).  At the end of a report recommendations are specified that are tailored to the unique learning profile of the client.

Being highly fluent in Spanish, I am prepared to perform bilingual assessments.  It is my pleasure to speak with clients in Spanish, as the opportunity arises.

PEDIATRIC NEURO-COGNITIVE EVALUATION

Certification through the “American Board of School Neuro-Psychology” qualifies me to perform School or Pediatric Neuro-Cognitive Evaluations This type of assessment is in-depth, and is specifically designed for clients from the age of 5-21 years.   As it is extensive, it is typically is reserved for clients with complex learning challenges that may require many cognitive and processing measures.  They are typically administered on the rare occasion when a traditional Psycho-Educational assessment was unable to adequately explain where the learning is breaking down for a client.  Another instance that a Pediatric Neuro-Cognitive Assessment should be considered is following a Traumatic Brain Injury.  Typically a School Neuro-Cognitive Assessment may include 12-20 hours of testing (split up over several days; two-hour testing sessions).  The report may range from 20-40 pages on average.  Side-Note: In the school system, this form of assessment that I do is often referred to as a School Neuro-Psych Evaluation.  Technically, this title of School NeuroPsych Assessment is not accurate because my services are not offered by a Clinical Neuro-Psychologist.  Rather, I am a Licensed Educational Psychologist with training and certification as it relates pediatric neuro-cognitive testing on children and youth from age six to twenty-one.  The difference is that the Educational Psychologist’ emphasis is on learning while a traditional “NeuroPsych Eval” may have an emphasis on the medical/functional perspective.

My office is located in Lincoln, CA; serving both Sacramento and Placer Counties.  Please call with any questions! (916) 330-4443