Assessments for Children
Types of clinical assessments we conduct include:
- Autism (or social awkwardness)
Types of forensic assessments we conduct include:
- Focused Assessments
- Parenting Time
- Legal Decision-Making
- General Psychological Evaluations (i.e., custody)
- Second Opinions
- critiques of expert witness reports
Types of athletic assessments we conduct include:
- Performance Enhancement
- Performance Anxiety
- Focus Enhancement
To provide you with an innovative, tailored assessment that provides durable, long -term solutions. We do what it takes to truly get to know your child…from the inside out.
We use Great People Science (GPS) to precisely locate and examine the true nature of the problem. We specialize in figuring out even the most puzzling situations where all other approaches have fallen short of a solution.
Examples of what Psychological Assessment can do for you:
*Determine the exact reasons why your child has a focusing problem
How are we different? We DO NOT rush into diagnosing your child. Rather, we use the best tools to conduct an “x-ray” assessment to clearly reveal what needs to be done.
*Identify whether your child has a significant problem that needs the attention of a professional, or if they simply are experiencing “growing pains”.
How are we different? With over 15 years of working closely with pediatricians, teachers, parents, tutors, and child specialists, we specialize in helping you understand the difference between normal developmental challenges versus problems requiring an intervention
*Help your child figure out why they are struggling so much in a particular school subject area (e.g., Math, English), or why they have such trouble memorizing material
How are we different? Dr. Brunner has worked as both a school and clinical psychologist, and is considered a true expert on how to distinguish between learning vs an emotional or behavioral issue using precise child assessment tools.
*Help your child learn strategies to not only manage, but master any anxiety getting in their way of peak performance.
How are we different? A large part of Dr. Brunner’s work has been using cutting edge assessment techniques, helping child athletes, gifted children, and/or with special needs children learn effective strategies to master their anxiety.
*Use focused assessment tools to help your child solve any problems they have with social awkwardness, social anxiety, or relationship problems.
How are we different? Solving sleep-related problems including bedwetting, nightmares, insomnia or interrupted sleep. Clarifying how a child can solve their problems with significant anxiety, anger, or depression they are experiencing
How does Dr. Brunner go the “extra mile”?
- He ensures we obtain a 360° perspective by including anyone intimately involved with your child BEFORE he forms his impression.
- He is committed to using assessment tools that determine how your child’s specific problems may be understood within their unique, one-of-a-kind personality. That way, we teach your child to use their inborn strengths to solve their problems.
- He interviews the parenting parties first, in detail, such that the exact developmental journey leading your child up to this moment is appreciated.
- He ensures you, the parent, have a masterful feel and grasp of the breadth and depth of any identified problems, so you do not need to go see yet another professional. We focus on being the “end of the line”, instead of being just another professional who only helps a little bit.
The Assessment Journey
It can sound scary for parents to think about having their child go through psychological assessment. Parents may wonder, “Will my child feel they are being “tested”, “analyzed”, or “Will this stress them out?”
When children and adolescents walk out of my office, they most often feel their time with me was fun, and they understand everything we do is focused on making their life easier, on helping them reach their potential. My goal is to help your child feel more in control of themselves, so they can reach their True Potential. I use assessment tools that help your child’s inner – and often hidden – thoughts and feelings come out and they feel less stress.
By the way, I never tell a child they are being tested! On the contrary, I consider this assessment process to be “measurement”, not “testing”. No “grades” are given, and children are never made to feel as if they are being critically evaluated. Rather, what I do is measure critical aspects of the child’s functioning that relate to the problem. After the critical aspects of the problem are measured, I sit down with parents and go over the results. I will often use my dry erase board in order to draw a map of how all the important variables relate to each other. That way, parents have a visual map of the problem, and often feel very relieved to find out there are solutions. Often the children I work with are so comfortable in our office that parents will end up wanting me to also have a separate meeting with the child to go over the results in a very easy-going and supportive manner such that the child can realize that the problems they are having our solvable.
My process with child and adolescent assessment is to first ensure that I have a very strong rapport with the child so they feel very comfortable. All of their questions are answered before we begin this assessment process. Often I will use this time to allow the child to feel like they can ask questions about my background so they feel like I am a real person, just like them!
Since I also do quite a bit of gifted assessment, I’m very good at helping a child perform at their very best on any measures of intellectual or cognitive functioning. We will take breaks whenever the child wants to, and often these short breaks can involve something fun so the child feels like their time with me is easy-going.
Parents should also know that we are happy to write a doctor’s note such that the child is not marked as having an unexplained or unexcused absence.
My ultimate goal is always to have the child walk out of my office thinking that I truly care about them and that even if some of the tasks they did with me were challenging, I made it as fun as possible. Many children report they even learned something during the process.
Once the assessment is completed, I sit down with parents and go over the results in a user-friendly manner where I visually map out how problems relate to each other on my wall-sized dry erase board. People LOVE this because together we walk through exactly how problems relate to each other. I also provide a comprehensive but concise user-friendly bullet points that together are the plan of action parents can follow to reliably solve the problems. So often, I find parents feel relieved once they have gone through this assessment and feedback process, as they learn that their child has problems that are treatable, and which, once treated, allow the child to be able to realize their True Potential. I am happy to share a few example dry erase drawings, or we can send you 3-5 examples of reports (sanitized) I have written so you can see me in Action!!!