There are many different types of evaluations and reasons for having one completed. This may feel overwhelming or confusing. Dr. Taylor is the Division Director of the Pediatric Assessment Team at The Center for Connection, in Pasadena, California. She and her team can help to answer your question and come up with a plan that makes sense for you, your child, and family. Our specialized team of psychologists view comprehensive evaluations as a therapeutic process that can be used as a way to peel back the layers under the surface of behaviors in order to gain a better understanding of what might be going on in each child’s brain and inner world.  The information obtained from an evaluation is an amazing opportunity to empower yourself, and your child, with knowledge about your child’s brain, and learning style, as well as a way to gather information to better know how to set your child up for success.

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Comprehensive Autism Assessment:

If you are concerned that your young child (aged 2-5) may have Autism, dont hesitate to contact Dr. Ashley for more information. She can provide a comprehensive, thoughtful, sensitive, and nuanced autism assessment. Through parent questionnaires, child observations and specific standardized testing measures she can help to clarify your child's diagnosis. Once the testing is completed, she will provide you with a comprehensive report including treatment referrals, recommendations, and next steps. 

Selective Mutism:

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder that occurs when your child speaks well in some environments but not in others. Some children, for example, speak well at home but will not speak at school. If you would like more information about Selective Mutism, or are looking to have your child assessed, please contact Dr. Ashley for more information. 

Early Developmental Screenings:

From birth to age three little brains are growing, changing and developing so quickly that it is hard to keep up! Dr. Ashley will be happy to provide you with more information if you are curious to know about your little one's development and/or interested in a developmental screening.

Learning Disabilities:

If you child is struggling academically it may be helpful to have a psychoeducational evaluation completed. This type of evaluation can help to clarify if your child has a learning disabality such as a reading or math disorder. An evaluation can help to clarify your child’s learning style and identify strategies, tools, and interventions to empower your child to reach their full potential. Evaluations can provide clarification on what academic and testing accommodations and modifications your child needs.

ADHD/ADD:

If your child struggles with paying attention and following directions in school and at home, or if she is often messy and disorganized, you may be curious to know more about ADHD or ADD. An evaluation for attention deficits can be completed to further clarify her diagnosis. Dr. Taylor can attend your child’s IEP and/or SST meeting at school to help them obtain necessary academic support.

Emotional Distress/Trauma:

A psychological evaluation can be completed in order to determine if your child is suffering from anxiety, depression or other emotional challenges that can impact his or her life in many ways. 

Giftedness/Twice Exceptional:

We are able to provide testing for giftedness and help to identify programs, schools, tools, resources, support and interventions to best support your child. Do you notice a mismatch between your child’s intellect and output? An evaluation can help to clarify if your child might be twice exceptional.

Approach

Dr. Taylor and her team take a strength-based approach and believe in the importance of identifying and fully understanding each child’s strength and how to use their strengths to bolster the areas that are more difficult for them. Comprehensive evaluations help to identify what comes easily to your child’s brain.  This process can help to clarify challenges, or areas that are more difficult for their brain to process and complete.  Dr. Taylor views the evaluation process as a way to identify strategies, tools, games, interventions and ideas to set your child up for success- based on both their strengths and areas of challenge.

 She believes in working collaboratively with parents and all professionals in your child’s life in an effort to make the evaluation process as comprehensive and streamlined as possible. She views you, as the parent, to be the expert on your child! She understands that completing an evaluation can feel daunting, she aims to work alongside you, step-by-step as we work through this process together. 

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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing that is is a failure.
— Albert Einstein