Screening and Assessments
Behavioral/Emotional Screening and Assessments
Kelly Martin, our children's counselor, uses childhood screening and assessments to gather information about a child's behaviors, skills, competencies, preferences, and interactions in an attempt to better understand and support learning and development.
A parent/caregiver or a pediatrician may refer a child (ages 5-12) for screening or assessment for concerns related to development, ADHD, anxiety, depression, or behavior. Kelly does not do educational evaluations for learning disorders or dyslexia.
The process for screeners/assessments includes: 45 minute clinical interview/intake with the parent/caregiver, use of screening/assessment instruments with the child that may include participation by parents/educators, a child classroom observation (if applicable), and a 45 minute follow up reporting session with the parent.
The use of assessments and screeners helps to organize emotional and behavioral symptoms to gain an objective view. Knowing what emotions and behaviors are NOT is just as important as knowing what they ARE. The results of the assessments are reported to the parent/caregivers in a way that is meaningful for the child's progress and course of treatment. Kelly Martin, LPC will provide the parents with the report including suggestions for at home and/or at school.