Do you have concerns about your child’s learning or their ability to problem solve? Does your child seem distractible, impulsive, or are they always “on the go”? Does your child seem anxious or irritable, or do they struggle with friendships? Perhaps they were delayed in one or more areas of development, and their skills in this area have continued to lag behind over the years. Some children exhibit highly advanced abilities in some areas, but struggle in others. Challenges such as these can be baffling, because of the often changing and uneven nature of development. Furthermore, issues such as these can be difficult to identify without a formal evaluation, because of they are a part of larger, complex puzzle of cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Perhaps you have been told that your child will “grow out of it,” but never did. Or, your child makes a developmental leap and they seem to improve for a while. Some parents pursue numerous therapies or interventions, which may seem to work temporarily, or don’t quite seem to fit their child’s needs. As a parent, not having the tools to support your child can be a source of frustration and discouragement.
In 2023, Dr. Nicole Michaeli founded my Child Assessment of Los Angeles. As a pediatric psychologist and mother of 3 young children, the heart of her mission has been to empower families of neurodiverse children by bringing clarity and insight into their neurodevelopmental differences. By providing them with personalized and explicit information about their child, families are able to access supports that are effective and targeted to their needs, enabling individuals to thrive and reach their highest potential.
The comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation provides a detailed portrait of your child’s cognitive capability, learning style, and emotional world. It encompasses several domains of functioning, including intellectual ability, academic achievement, memory, learning, attention, executive functioning, processing, behavior patterns, and social and emotional functioning. Data from these areas are gleaned from 1:1 testing with the individual, using gold standard measures that are empirically supported. This information is then balanced with collaboration with parents, providers, and educators, observations and interviews with the individual, and Dr. Michaeli’s own clinical insights to form a thoughtful and deeply personal understanding of the child. With this information, a plan can be crafted which includes specific supports and strategies that resonates with your child’s unique profile. Through this process, families can not only uncover areas of challenge and areas of strength, but also obtain a roadmap that will nurture their future growth and well-being.
Whether your child struggles with reading, focus, or social interactions; whether they are a high-achiever who suffers from anxiety or one who is disruptive and dysregulated, a comprehensive assessment can provide essential diagnostic information and treatment planning. Common concerns that warrant an evaluation include (but are not limited to): Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and other learning disabilities, language impairment, processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, OCD, behavior disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.