Q & A: Independent Evaluations

When there is reason to suspect a learning disability, the school district is required to do an evaluation to determine present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP). Many parents, eager to learn how to help their child, defer… Read the rest

Getting School Help for NLD Kids

This is not a problem unique to your child’s school. Children with Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD) often have difficulty with higher level language skills, writing and math, executive functions, and social skills. But because NLD isn’t a psychiatric diagnosis or… Read the rest

ADHD or Immaturity?

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that children with August birthdays are diagnosed and treated for ADHD at a 34% higher rate than their peers born even a month later. How can that be?… Read the rest

Evaluation Fundamentals

For a child with learning disabilities or ADHD, the evaluation is the first step toward addressing his issues. Knowing what to expect will ease your fears and your child’s and ensure that the results are used appropriately. Evaluation Goals A… Read the rest

Is It Time for a Full Workup?

Now is the time to have a full evaluation. I would suggest a neuropsychological evaluation with a Ph.D level psychologist and not a neurologist. The best approach is to have the psychologist do a comprehensive evaluation. The psychologist will take… Read the rest