What We Offer
Speech & Language Assessment
Is the language specificity that is called for in school more difficult for your child? Would you like to better understand how your child’s language can affect their life?
Beyond articulation or how your child pronounces words, a speech and language evaluation helps parents and educators understand how communication skills affect social and academic performance. The assessment will provide a blueprint of your child’s ability to retrieve words, organize their thoughts, and communicate their ideas sequentially in both oral, e.g., conversation, and written language.
By focusing on strengths, Carol works within the relationship to increases confidence by helping students expand their language skills and communicate their ideas effectively.
In the context of the referral question, a neuropsychological evaluation helps parents and educators understand a student’s functioning in areas of intelligence, executive functions, attention, memory, language, perception, sensorimotor skills, academics, motivation, and mood states. Through the coordinated efforts of teachers, parents, therapists, and other professionals, the results of an evaluation can provide a detailed picture of a student’s strengths and challenges and can help determine the means of optimizing a student’s learning.
Beyond a score-driven interpretation, Dr. Pappas uses a process approach that focuses on how a student solves a problem, which strategies they use, and whether these strategies are effective. In addition, Dr. Pappas helps identify where the process breaks down for students and offers a game plan to help them meet personal and academic goals.
Coaching and Executive Functions Development
Research shows that Executive Function skills predict academic achievement in elementary school, and this continues throughout life. Parent-child interactions facilitate healthy brain development, particularly in the area (prefrontal cortex) associated with EF development.
Executive functions help children regulate their emotions and behaviors in the face of challenges. They help students change plans when life does not go as expected or think flexibly when demands change. Working with the family, we will provide parents with practical strategies to promote their child’s EF skills, such as developing self-talk. These skills will help children learn to regulate their thoughts, emotions, and behavior.