The Sachs Center offers neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations for our clients. We pride ourselves on the thoroughness of the report, the accuracy of the findings, “readability” for parents and school administrators as well as the timeliness of the turn-around. In many cases we can see a client and provide the report within two to three weeks.
Neuropsychological or Psychoeducational evaluation?
For most of our clients, there is no difference. This is really a question of semantics. In other settings, where clients are being assessed for severe brain injury or trauma, a neuropsychological assessment would evaluate different brain functions related to hearing, sight, movement, etc. For our purposes, where most of the testing is for school or testing boards, the terms are interchangeable.
What goes into an Neuropsychological Test?
Neuropsychological or Psychoeducational Testing (also known as Psychological Testing) is an assessment that measures and identifies cognitive, motor, behavioral and linguistic impairment and functioning in individuals. It is a way to evaluate the structure of brain function by looking at a person’s thinking skills and information processing.
Most of our clients undergo the extensive neuropsychological testing to receive academic accommodations in school or on standardized tests (SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.) A typical neuropsychological / psychoeducational evaluation covers areas such as attention and concentration, memory and learning, language, visual-spatial skills, motor and sensory skills, intellectual functioning, higher level executive skills, mood and personality.
The neuropsychological / psychoeducational evaluation is accomplished via an interview and standardized tests that are done by our neuropsychologists with specialty training in diagnostic assessment. The tests are paper based and are given in the same manner to all clients. Testing can take a significant amount of time, ranging from three to four days. During testing, the psychologist is also attentive to your energy and motivation. During the interview the psychologist gather information about your background, medical history, physical status, and current concerns in order to best understand test results and make useful recommendations.
When the evaluation is completed, you will be provided with a comprehensive report that can inform you of a new or corrected diagnosis. As evidence by the testimony above, we pride ourselves on well-written, comprehensive and easy to understand reports—that most importantly result in the necessary accommodations in school or on standardized tests.
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While there are many competent clinicians in New York City, not all clinicians can accurately diagnose and make clear and specific recommendations for a student’s educational programming. Dr. Sachs is one of those highly reputable clinicians who is the “full package” when it comes to helping students and their families. He is able to identify the problem or problems that are interfering with a student’s ability to learn and be successful, and make recommendations that are clear and specific to the individual student. Clear and specific recommendations are integral to a school district being able to understand what exactly a student needs in his or her educational programming to be successful. More importantly, families also learn what is necessary, and can advocate for the supportive services that their son or daughter needs. I highly recommend Dr. Sachs to families who are looking for answers to their child’s educational challenges. — Tracey Spencer Walsh, Partner (Mayerson & Associates)