It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
Is your child having difficulties at school? Is he/she forgetful and does he/she not seem to pay attention to what you say? Does he/she display odd behaviour that you do not fully understand? Is he/she aggressive toward himself/herself or others? Does he/she not show you the affection you expect?
Ask for a professional opinion to better comprehend the nature of specific behaviours and difficulties your child may be experiencing. Do not wait hoping that he will change and get better with time.
Early diagnosis and prompt intervention are the keys to a better recovery and a therapeutic success.
ASSESSMENT AND CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS
- Psychological and educational assessment
- Developmental assessment
- Psychometric evaluation of cognitive skills and achievements
- Neuropsychological assessment
A complete psychological and educational assessment, aimed at a full comprehension of the psychological, social, emotional and cognitive skills of your child, may require up to 5 sessions of observation and interaction with him/her.
Standardized psychometric tests are part of the diagnostic protocol.
The family and the school should be involved in the diagnostic process as much as possible because they are essential parts of the child’s life. A trusting and collaborative relationship between psychologist, parents and teachers is necessary for the benefit of the child and a better comprehension of his difficulties.
Parents and teachers may be asked to fill in questionnaires and screenings about the child. The protocol may also require an observation at home and / or at school to evaluate the child’s behaviour and performance in different environments.
The assessment usually begins with an intake and interview session with the parents aimed at getting all the relevant background information about the child’s developmental history and family’ situation.
Once the assessment is complete, a minimum of one week is necessary to score the results, analyse the data and to possibly discuss the case with professional colleagues.
Thereafter a feedback appointment is required: parents will be provided with a comprehensive clinical report which includes a clear explanation of the diagnostic protocol, results of the tests administered, clinical diagnosis and treatment plan with detailed recommendations to be followed to implement the plan.
The diagnosis is not the end but only the first step of the psychological intervention.
AREAS OF INTEREST
- Learning Disorders and other educational concerns
- Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Intellectual Difficulties
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Behavioural Disorders
- Developmental concerns and delays
- Parent Counselling