This area of our services addresses the full range of clinical problems (e.g., ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression) and educational problems (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, lack of motivation, homework struggles). We use a totally customized combination of techniques to provide you with an assessment that provides a reliable navigational rudder to weather any storm related to these problems. As I discuss in my blog “Great assessment goes far beyond diagnosis”, only receiving a diagnosis will not help you solve your problems long-term.
Our assessments are focused on providing you with the critical information you need beyond a generic diagnosis. One unique technique we use in order to provide you the very best evaluation include interviewing teachers, coaches, coworkers or family members, which gives us (and you) numerous perspectives to create a complete picture of you.
Below our menu of services, see the comments from our past clients or professionals reviewing Dr. Brunner’s work in this area.
Menu of Clinical & Educational Services
“Not sure what to do” Evaluation Consultation
Factors assessed: Obtain a visual analysis of how the critical “moving parts” of the puzzling situation interact (E.g,, Family conflict, parenting challenge, or just “I feel lost”) to gain a clear view of your pathway forward.
Purposes: Identify next best steps and learn what interventions or professionals to use. Great option for those who are confused or overwhelmed.
Expert Second Opinion Evaluation*
Factors assessed: Expert review of a previous evaluation to identify a) credibility of report and diagnoses, b) whether more assessment needed, c) referral to competent professionals. Often done because evaluation seemed superficial or rushed.
Purposes: Determine accuracy of previous evaluation and identify corrective steps.
*Dr. Brunner is a recognized, published forensic expert. See Forensic Menu of services for more details.
Factors assessed: All factors critically related to functioning are first assessed using one of evaluations defined in this table. Therapy involves the integration of the most effective, scientifically based techniques. Examples: CBT, ACT, ERP, Insight-oriented techniques or Hypnosis. Link to evidence based treatments list.
Purposes: Use the best combination of interventions to correct surface issues while addressing the underlying problems so the solution is long term. The end-goal is to help each person expand their sense of what they can accomplish as they find their true potential.
Developmental Disability Evaluation – Narrow Scope
Factors assessed: Identify delays (emotional, behavioral, cognitive social) or more permanent problems (e.g., intellectual deficiencies) impacting growth or development, including factors causing immaturity, lack of independence, failure to thrive, etc.
Purposes: Obtain bird’s eye view of mixture of developmental strengths and weaknesses. Great for parents of younger children or for adults who have significant or severe disabilities who may need state services (DDD, DES, residential care, etc).
Basic Psychological & Neuropsychological Evaluation
Factors assessed: IQ, Attention, Concentration, Thinking, Analyzing & Processing Speed, Memory, Visual-spatial skills, Emotional (e.g., anger, anxiety, depression), Behavioral (e.g., impulsiveness or addiction), Social (awkwardness, loneliness).
Purposes: Identify diagnoses (e.g., ADHD, Autism, etc.) or personality factors (anger problems) impairing relationships, motivation, energy, productivity, or lack of meaning.
Learning Disability (i.e, Psychoeducational) Evaluation – Narrow Scope
Factors assessed: Narrow focus on neuropsychological factors (e.g., poor memory) which critically affect learning or impair reading, writing, or mathematical skills. No personality assessment.
Purposes: Identify learning (e.g, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dysgraphia) or other cognitive impairments, learn how to correct and/or compensate and identify how a school or workplace needs to accommodate per relevant laws
Comprehensive Psychological & Neuropsychological Evaluation
Factors assessed: Assesses the full array of IQ, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social, environmental factors affecting learning and day to day performance. Everything included in the above Narrow Scope option, and on top of that: 1) a more in-depth look at the cognitive factors named above, and 2) evaluation of academic/learning performance (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia) factors.
Purposes: Nail down all the key factors influencing problems and functioning. Especially good for complex cases or high stakes issues (e.g., school disciplinary problems, college drop-out). Identify diagnoses (e.g., ADHD, Autism, etc.), cognitive impairments (e.g., poor memory or slow processing), or personality tendencies (anger problems, lack of insight) impairing learning, relationships, motivation, energy, productivity or lack of meaning
Learning Disability, Psychological & Neuropsychological Evaluation - Broad Scope
Factors assessed: Examines learning issues within the greater context of the overall personality so you see all (e.g., cognitive, emotional, behavioral social, environmental) factors impacting motivation, learning, well being or performance.
Purposes: Identify not only learning issues (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia) but personality or diagnostic factors (Anxiety, Depression, ADHD) impairing academic or workplace performance.