Psychological Evaluations

… for dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, gifted & talented, and twice-exceptional youth

You lie awake at night worrying about your child’s difficulties in school.

Your child is frustrated and upset daily as they try to complete school work, often crying that they can’t do it.

They complain that they can’t keep up with all the work, and they don’t know why.

They take FOREVER to complete assignments and study for tests, yet they don’t do well.

You often get frustrated and lose your temper, yelling advice like “try harder” or “focus more.”

Education is a priority in your house, but you also want your child to be happy and thriving in other areas of life like sports, music, art, and friends. If most time is spent trying to complete schoolwork with little positive results, then who has time to participate in fun activities?

Do you suspect that something else is going on?

Your child is trying their best, but is something else preventing them from succeeding?

There are many reasons why your child could be struggling…

Approximately 5-10% of children have dyslexia and other learning disabilities. They have difficulty with reading, spelling, writing, and sometimes math. Speech can also be affected. But their overall intelligence is average to gifted!

You can see that your child thrives in other areas, but reading and writing seem impossible. When dyslexia is a possibility, your child should be comprehensively evaluated so that they can receive the help they need.

Approximately 8-11% of children have ADHD. They have trouble paying attention, following directions, and staying on task. Some are hyperactive, cannot sit still, and are impulsive. All these difficulties affect how they learn, even with average to gifted intelligence.

If this sounds like your child, a comprehensive evaluation can pinpoint exactly why your child is having trouble and what to do next to help your child thrive.

You desperately want to help, but you don’t know how.

You have tried everything.

You’ve tried to manage your child’s assignments and help with homework, but that just ends in anger and frustration.

You’ve reached out to your child’s school to no avail. Your child still struggles.

Your child has even gotten extra help in school, but there has been little improvement if any.

You want your child to feel confident and be successful in school… not to hate it.

So, where do you go from here?

At Ra Wellness, we’ll get to the bottom of your child’s struggles and help you to know what to do about them.

We will conduct a comprehensive psychological evaluation, sometimes called a psychoeducational evaluation, which will look at your child’s intellectual, academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning.

After the evaluation is completed, I will hold a virtual feedback session to review the detailed report with extensive recommendations for school and home. I will also guide you on the next steps to take with your child’s school, which may include requesting a Child Study Team meeting or a 504 Plan.

If you are interested, I can also provide educational advocacy at an additional cost to further assist you in advocating for your child in the school.

If my child is having trouble learning or has trouble focusing, doesn’t (s)he needs a neuropsychological evaluation?

In most cases, no. When a child has difficulty learning or has trouble focusing, a psychoeducational evaluation may be the best way to determine if your child has dyslexia, a learning disability, or ADHD.

Although neuropsychologists can conduct evaluations for these purposes, they typically do not have experience working in a school setting. I believe an evaluator must have experience in a school setting to understand what happens in the school environment after the evaluation is conducted.

Having first-hand knowledge of the laws of Special Education and Related Services and writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 Plans provides insight into the recommendations that will be made when an evaluator has experience working in the school system.

Although I am not a neuropsychologist, I (Dr. Ra) am a Licensed Psychologist in NJ and NY with my PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology and a Certified School Psychologist in NJ. Working in a school district as a school psychologist for the past 14 years sets me apart from neuropsychologists who do not have that experience.

School success can be attainable!

Imagine a calm house…

Imagine a confident, well-rounded child who can happily socialize, play, and participate in fun activities…

Imagine quality time with your family instead of constant homework battles…

It is all possible! Call now for a free consultation: (973) 524-6501.