How to prepare for a diagnostic evaluation

No matter what your child is being evaluated for, it is always best to be prepared for the evaluation. Preparing ahead of time can help ensure that the evaluation runs as smoothly as possible. Here is what you can expect on the day of your child’s diagnostic evaluation as well as a few ways to get ready beforehand. See a …

What is a psychometrician?

A psychometrician is someone who practices the science of psychological measurement, or psychometrics. Psychometrics is a particular field of science that helps in the development of tests, which allow for the measurement of knowledge, skills and attributes. In other words, psychometricians help in measuring what is in someone’s mind. Psychometricians can work in any area of testing.  What do psychometricians …

Signs of Tourette Syndrome

What is Tourette syndrome? Tourette syndrome is a common neurodevelopmental disorder. This disorder causes uncontrollable, reoccurring motor and vocal tics. Tics are quick, sudden, unpredictable movements or sounds that occur repeatedly for various durations. Examples of how tics may present themselves include repetitive eye blinking or nose scrunching, unusual vocalizations such as coughs or grunts, involuntary touching, and other repetitive …

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales —Third Edition (Vineland-3)

What is the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales—Third Edition (Vineland-3)? The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales—Third Edition (Vineland-3) is used to assess personal and social skills used by individuals up to 90 years old in daily situations. What is the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales—Third Edition (Vineland-3) used for? This evaluation is used to assist in the diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities …

What does Rett syndrome look like?

What is Rett syndrome? Rett syndrome is a developmental nervous system disorder. The disorder almost exclusively affects girls. Rett syndrome is classified as classic or atypical. The classification depends on the symptoms one has and the gene mutation. Some common characteristics and symptoms of Rett syndrome are involuntary hand movements, skill regression in communication and motor skill such as important …

Diagnostic Evaluation: Disruptive Behavior Disorders

What are Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD)? Children with disruptive behavior disorders have ongoing patterns of uncooperative and defiant behavior that impacts those around them including their family, friends, peers, and teachers. Signs of Disruptive Behavior Disorders It is common for children with disruptive behavior disorders to be stubborn, difficult, disobedient, and irritable. These children may have a tendency to be …

Why your child has difficulty transitioning

Transitions happen all throughout the day. A transition can be from one activity to another, moving from the classroom to the playground, or going from home to school. For some children, transitions may be extremely difficult and can result in increased anxiety or frustrations and can even lead to challenging or aggressive behaviors. Understanding difficulty in transitions There are a …

What is AAC and how might it help your child?

What is AAC? AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. AAC is any device used to communicate that is not spoken speech; even texting can be seen as an AAC device. This form of communication is typically used with children who are minimally verbal or nonverbal. To begin, individualized communication devices must first be “fitted” to see which device will …

What to expect at your diagnostic evaluation

Most parents have several questions running through their head about what to expect during a diagnostic evaluation for their child. Although it may seem overwhelming, this assessment is here to help provide clarification and guidance. Here is what you can expect during a diagnostic evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). First steps: Initial interview and complete history At the beginning …

Why Your Child Repeats Things: Echolalia

What is echolalia? What does it mean when your child keeps repeating words, phrases or sounds? This is called echolalia. Children may do this when they do not know how to effectively communicate or lack communication skills. Many times, echolalia is used to practice or learn language. Repetitive speech is common for children in their early childhood and also common …