Patricia Beldotti, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Neuropsychologist

Assessments Options
My approach to assessment ensures that relevant issues are explored in an interview, history review, symptom review, and actual testing of thinking skills related to the condition in question.  

Assessments also look at other issues that may commonly occur with the condition or may be contributing to the symptoms. 

 Finally, all assessments include a written report and a lengthy discussion of the results, any conditions identified, and recommendations to address areas of need.

My approach to assessments may require more time than other types of clinicians, however, I feel that it is important to do this so my patients can be confident in the results.  An accurate diagnosis and discussion of the findings can help patients and families move towards receiving the most appropriate services and treatment.
I provide a variety of evaluations from a psychological, neuropsychological, and psychoeducational perspective.  This means that I will select the most appropriate measures and assessment approach to address your specific referral question and needs. Most evaluation options are available for children and adults.

I am currently offering the following assessment options:

Assessment #1:
Diagnostic evaluation to determine the possible presence of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This evaluation includes a review of clinical symptoms, testing of relevant thinking skills, a review of behavioral issues and/or adaptive behavior, and screening for contributing psychological issues (depression, anxiety, etc.).
    Assessment #1b:  This option includes full IQ testing when requested or required.

Assessment #2:
Diagnostic evaluation to determine the possible presence of various learning disabilities (reading, writing/spelling, math, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia).  This evaluation includes an IQ battery and assessment of relevant academic skills.  Testing for Dyslexia or Dysgraphia includes additional testing.  A screening for other issues that may be contributing to learning is included in this evaluation (i.e., anxiety, etc.).  

Assessment #3:
An expanded learning disability evaluation to also include an assessment of possible ADHD and/or ASD.  This is a combination of Assessment #1 and Assessment #2.  This assessment usually requires two days for interview and testing.
    Assessment #3b: This option includes even more testing and an extended report 
    option that would be required when needed for accommodations for standardized 
    testing (i.e., MCAT, LSAT, licensure exams, etc.). There is no guarantee that results 
    will show this is needed or that accommodations will be granted.

Assessment #4:
Diagnostic evaluation to determine the presence of an intellectual disability. This includes an IQ battery and testing of adaptive functioning.  

Assessment #5:
Evaluation of IQ for the purposes of determining giftedness.  No clinical problems are explored in this evaluation.

Assessment #6:
Evaluation of IQ and academic level for the purposes of determining giftedness and clarifying appropriate level of academic instruction.  No clinical problems are explored in this evaluation.

Assessment #7:
Psychological evaluation for clearance to become adoptive parents. This evaluation includes a lengthy interview, review of history, and some psychological tests (depending on the requirements of the country of adoption).

Assessment #8:
Evaluation to clarify current cognitive functioning across various cognitive areas (i.e., attention, memory, processing speed, etc.).  This is most appropriate for individuals who have noticed a change in functioning due to a known or unknown cause.  This may also be useful when there are questions about someone's ability to make decisions or the amount of supervision they may need for daily living activities. 

For some individuals, a shorter evaluation may be easier to tolerate and more appropriate for their needs. 
   Assessment #8a: Standard length evaluation (full-day appointment)
   Assessment #8b: Abbreviated version of this evaluation (half-day appointment)

Please note: I am not completing any evaluations to determine problems related to a brain injury at this time. I also am not currently accepting any patients who need evaluations related to a personal injury, worker's comp, motor vehicle accident, criminal matters, or other litigation.  Unfortunately, these types of evaluations require an enormous amount of time, which limits the number of other patients I can get in for evaluations.