Initially I meet with parents for a consultation. At that time I learn about the child’s history and about the parents’ concerns. With teenagers, I often include adolescents in this interview. I also review any relevant documents such as prior evaluations, IEP and 504 accommodation plans, and report cards. All of these documents can provide clues for current levels of functioning. This consultation is usually 1 & ½ -2 hours.
Next I meet with the child or teenager, often 2-3 times. First we see if we are a good fit. It is important the person feels comfortable talking with me. If the person doesn’t feel like they want to continue with me, I help find another professional to work with. In addition, If I feel it is necessary to refer to other professionals in order to obtain further information, I assist the family with that process as well. I consult with other professionals such as doctors, therapists and teachers.
After meeting with the child a few times, I meet with the parents again, with the child’s knowledge. I let them know something about the sessions we have had and recommend a treatment plan at that time.
I have developed a strategy over the years to provide a summary of the results to parents and to children. We then have a discussion about ideas for moving forward. Finally I provide a written summary of the testing.