Dr. Rhodes is a sought after psychologist due to her expertise in working with young children, forensic psychology, trauma and relationships. She lectures, teaches graduate students and writes on topics relevant to today’s active world. Dr. Rhodes is passionate about prevention and early intervention and believes that psychologists can make a difference in the lives of those individuals served.
Choosing the right provider for an evaluation for yourself or your child can be a daunting task. Here is what to expect when seeking a psychological assessment of your child.
What is a psychological assessment?
A psychological assessment evaluates thinking, learning and behaviour. The assessment may include interviews, observation, testing and consultation with other professionals involved in your child’s care. Testing includes pencil and paper tasks, puzzles, drawing, and games. The assessment covers many skill areas, such as general intellectual level, language, memory and learning, problem solving, planning and organization, fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, and academic skills (reading, math, spelling and writing). It also includes an examination of behaviour and emotions.
Why have an assessment?
A psychological assessment is helpful in identifying your child’s strengths and weaknesses and will lead to recommendations for both academic and behavioural intervention. By detecting problems, an assessment can be used to assist in planning your child’s school program, to identify needs for special services in school, and to help you access resources in your community.
How should I prepare my child for an assessment?
It is important to talk to children about what will happen before any procedure. Children feel less anxious when they know what to expect.
Be sure your child knows that there will be no physical exam, so no needles or medicine. For younger children, you may wish to emphasize the play aspect, focusing on the puzzles and games. For older children, it is often helpful to describe both games and school-type work, but there are no marks or grades given.
What should I bring on the day of the assessment?
If your child wears glasses or a hearing aid, please make sure to bring these to the assessment.
If possible, bring copies of recent report cards and any reports of previous assessments of any kind (e.g. psychological, psychiatric, speech and language, OT). If your child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan), please bring a copy of this as well.
Are there different kinds of assessments?
Some children are assessed by a psychologist alone. Others may require being seen by more than one professional. Some assessments may emphasize memory and learning, others may focus on language or academic development, and still others may highlight behaviour and emotional development. The type of assessment your child will receive will be related to the the referral question and will be discussed with you prior to the intake appointment.
What can I expect after the assessment is completed?
The psychologist will meet with you for feedback to discuss your child’s results. In most cases with younger children the feedback sessions involve parents only, but if your child is older, you may wish to include your child.
A written report will be completed, outlining the results of the assessment and the recommendations for intervention. You will receive a copy of this report. With your written permission, copies of the report can be sent to professionals involved with your child such as other physicians, therapists, or your child’s school. Often, Dr. Rhodes is requested to appear at an IEP meeting. These services can be discussed either before or after your child’s assessment.
Dr. Rhodes will remain available to you and your child for consultation should you have any concerns in the future.
First Phone Call or E-Mail
When you call 646.952.3715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, you’ll either reach Dr. Rhodes directly or be transferred to voicemail. Dr. Rhodes will make every effort to return your call or e-mail within one business day. At this initial phone call you and Dr. Rhodes will determine whether there is a need for services and if Dr. Rhodes may be able to provide these services. In the event that Dr. Rhodes is unable to provide services, Dr. Rhodes will provide you with appropriate referrals. Dr. Rhodes will also answer questions regarding cost and payment for services.
First In-Person Appointment
To help Dr. Rhodes understand your child or legal situation she will ask for information on all aspects of your child’s life, including family, school, peers, developmental history and more. She’ll ask about the issues that led you to seek services, what you’ve tried and where things currently stand. At the end of the visit, Dr. Rhodes will advise you on the next steps, which may include one of her services, recommendations, an outside referral or further forensic consultation.
Preparing for your First Appointment
While not necessary, if you have court documents, school records, previous assessment reports or anything else you think might help us better understand your child, please bring these items to your first appointment or fax them to Dr. Rhodes at 1.866.716.3706.
Please fill out the appropriate forms prior to your first appointment. If you have any questions, Dr. Rhodes will happily answer the questions in your first session.
To learn more about Dr. Rhodes’ cost, please read her Office Policies and Procedures. Dr. Rhodes does not accept insurance but is able to help you maximize your out of network benefits. For more information read her insurance policy listed in the Psychotherapy Contract.
Dr. Rhodes asks for 24-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you do not contact her, you may be billed for your appointment.