The Child Mind Institute provides evaluations for students ages 5 to 25. Spending roughly 10 hours with each child and their family, our neuropsychologists use up-to-date, standard measures to develop a detailed profile of learning strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to understand how your child learns best and gain insight into how he processes information and handles tasks compared to other children of the same age.
We carefully review your child’s skills and abilities in many domains, including intellectual functioning and reasoning abilities, learning and memory, visual processing, listening comprehension and verbal expression, and executive skills like planning, organizing, and managing time and materials, attention, and concentration. These are the skills and abilities that are at the core of all aspects of academic achievement.
We administer reading, math and writing tests to see what school skills your child has mastered. We carefully observe how he approaches each task and we look at his patterns of performance to see if a learning disability affects his ability to demonstrate what he knows. We don’t give every child the same tests, but rather use our assessment tools to develop a profile of each child’s individual learning strengths and weaknesses.
During our evaluation process, we also consider how your child is doing emotionally and how he is interacting with family members, friends, and classmates.
As part of our evaluation process, it is sometimes helpful to visit the child’s classroom before we begin testing to get first-hand impressions of his behavior and interaction with teachers and other students. Since the child does not know us yet, we are able to observe what goes on in the classroom without interference. This helps us develop a sense of some of the obstacles he may face in learning in that environment, and whether the school is a good fit with his needs.
Our evaluations always include a thorough, user-friendly report that documents your child’s diagnosis and offers prioritized recommendations.
For parents: We share the information and data we gather in a personal meeting and collaborate on a plan for successful learning.
For students: We meet with adolescents to discuss the results and follow up with letters to document their strengths and areas of struggle. For younger children, we can also provide feedback in person or in a child-friendly letter.
For educators: We offer consultations with the school to debrief on the results and establish a practical and effective plan for student success.
After the evaluation and feedback are complete, we stay in touch with families to help them implement our recommendations. For children with learning disabilities, we can offer ongoing support. We also work closely with a dedicated group of anxiety specialists, behavioral therapists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists who are on-site and available to provide additional services and treatment as needed.