What Makes Learning Solutions Different?

We are multidisciplinary: Our evaluations use a combination of psychological, neuropsychological, educational, speech/language and occupational therapy measures to diagnose neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism, specific learning disorders, language/communication disorders, and understand how sensory integration, general processing and motor integration issues exacerbate and/or underlie diagnoses.

Because performance in one area of cognition or learning is often affected by difficulties in other areas, a comprehensive evaluation is the most helpful way in gaining an understanding of how multiple factors may be impacting performance. A deep and multidisciplinary understanding allows us to think about treatment plans and goals that can be specifically tailored to an individuls’ specific needs and the root of their challenges.

See more specific information on our different types of evaluation and evaluation components here.

We specialize in differential diagnoses: There is a wide variety of what is considered psychological and neuropsychological testing. Most of our evaluations involve a cognitive assessment to understand the underlying mechanisms that are creating learning, communication, development or daily living challenges and help tease apart potential diagnoses. Most of our staff are licensed clinical psychologists trained in neuropsychological testing. As such, they are able to incorporate a wider lens to best meet our clients’ needs.

We have expertise in detecting when problems look like one diagnosis but are actually a combination of a few underlying diagnoses or patterns. Mental health conditions such as anxiety, OCD, depression, and impacts of trauma do not require neuropsychological testing and are not typically the primary focus of an evaluation. However, evaluations may include assessment of these sorts of disorders when the goal is to tease apart other diagnoses that are the primary focus of an evaluation. For example, an individual may come to us wondering if they have ADHD or whether their depression is the driver of their inattention, or a parent might come to us wondering if their anxious child has underlying learning disabilities that are causing the anxiety. Cognitive testing, sometimes in combination with academic, speech and language, or occupational therapy testing, can help identify impacted areas of cognitive functioning, help explain social behavior and differentiate these mental health disorders from other diagnoses with overlapping symptoms. We also assess intellectual disabilities and provide guardianship evaluations.

We use a whole-person approach: Our staff takes a whole person approach and rather than focusing only on the various functions of the brain such as attention, executive functioning and intelligence, we also consider the child/person’s environment, mental health influences and impact of emotions. Our staff will construct a battery of measures to address the questions you have that can be best answered with the tools available.

We are not medical physicians and do not diagnose medical conditions (e.g., epilepsy, cerebral palsy, stroke) or prescribe medication, however, we are able to describe and document the impacts of medical conditions on learning, executive, emotional and cognitive functioning and daily life skills. Our focus is on the intersection of individuals’ psychology, neurobiology, cognitive functioning, mental health and environment.

Evaluation as intervention and self-discovery: We offer therapeutic assessments, which are geared towards self-discovery and typically utilized to inform therapeutic treatment. These evaluations are tailored for each individual and take place over several sessions. These evaluations are not considered medically necessary and are not typically covered by insurance. More can be learned about these evaluations here.

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