Dr. Artnak provides several types of psychological and neuropsychological services for children, adolescents, and young adults, tailoring each assessment to the individual’s needs. The primary assessment services that Dr. Artnak offers, which are described in more detail below, include:
- Neuropsychological Assessments
- Psychoeducational Assessments
- Psychological Assessments
- Updated Evaluation/Diagnostic Clarification
- Career Interest Assessments
Each type of assessment typically consists of:
- An initial interview,
- Direct testing/assessment,
- A follow-up meeting to discuss results, and
- A comprehensive written report to the adult, or to the child’s/adolescent's parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
For an overview about what to expect and how to prepare for an assessment, visit our Assessment Appointment page.
A neuropsychological assessment/evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of neurocognitive (or brain-based) skills and how strengths and weaknesses within these skills can impact the individual's overall functioning. For more information about the assessment, visit our Neuropsychology Assessments page.
Many clients and their families have questions about what to expect within the evaluation. For information about how to prepare for the evaluation and an overview of what happens, visit our Assessment Appointment page.
A client may be referred for a neuropsychological evaluation for many reasons, including suspected or known conditions or symptoms of any of the following:
- Neurodevelopmental disorders such as developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- A diagnosis of a genetic or congenital disorder
- A medical diagnosis or treatment that has known effects on the brain
- History of complications during birth or the prenatal period
- A change in functioning following a concussion or brain injury
- A history of multiple concussions or brain injuries
- A neurological condition, such as epilepsy or seizure disorder
- A history of exposure to toxins such as lead, alcohol, or drugs
A psychoeducational assessment consists of the evaluation of academic or learning-based skills, as well as overall emotional and behavioral well-being.
A client may be referred for a psychoeducational evaluation for many reasons, including any of the following:
- Difficulties with reading
- Difficulties with mathematics
- Difficulties with written expression
- Difficulties with visual-spatial tasks or nonverbal learning difficulties
- Executive functioning difficulties that impact school functioning (i.e., trouble with keeping work organized)
- Behavioral symptoms that impact school functioning
- Preparing for an educational transition
- Readiness for Kindergarten
A psychological assessment consists of the evaluation of emotional and behavioral symptoms, and how these symptoms may be impacting a person's daily functioning.
A client may be referred for a psychological evaluation for many reasons, including any of the following symptoms:
- Attention deficits
- Hyperactivity and impulsivity
- Executive functioning issues
- Anxiety or worrying
- Depression or sadness
- Severe temper tantrums
- Social difficulties
- Obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors
Updated Evaluations / Diagnostic Clarification:
The needs of individuals can change over time, as can the available resources in the community. Sometimes clients who have been treated or evaluated for a diagnosis in the past may be referred for an updated evaluation to gather the most current information available in order to further help the individual or to obtain diagnostic clarification. Updated evaluations often occur at times of educational transition, such as starting college.
Career Interest Assessments:
The Career Interest Assessment is a service available to people ages 16 and over. The Career Interest Assessment is designed to help identify career paths that match an individual's personal traits and interests.
A client may be referred for a Career Interest Assessment for a variety of reasons, such as clients who are:
- Seeking to find a college major or technical career that meets their interests
- Looking for personal clarity as they enter or return to the workforce
- Considering a career change that fosters personal fulfillment
- Exploring ideas about interesting career paths to consider
- Feeling the pressure to choose a career path
For more information about this service, visit our Career Interest Assessments page.
For more information about all of the services Dr. Artnak provides, please contact the office.