Areas of Expertise

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Comprehensive Psychological/Diagnostic Assessments

A Comprehensive Psychological/Psychoeducational Assessment focuses on your child’s social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral functioning at home and at school.  A comprehensive psychological evaluation will help to identify strengths and weaknesses regarding your child’s ability to think, learn, and perform activities of daily living. This evaluation will also help to identify intervention recommendations (e.g., referrals for speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ABA, etc.). With the parents’ permission, the comprehensive report that is produced can be shared with your child’s family, school, and allied professionals (e.g., speech therapist, ABA team, etc.). Please note that ALL results and recommendations are confidential and will not be shared with anyone without parent written consent.

Dr. Aggie utilizes a multi-modality, evidence-based approach to create comprehensive psychological evaluations. The following domains are closely examined during these evaluations:

  • Cognitive and/or developmental level (e.g., Intellectual abilities)

  • Memory and Learning (e.g., assess to understand if your child is a visual learner, verbal learner, etc.).

  • Executive Functioning Abilities & Attention/Concentration

  • Emotional & Behavioral Functioning (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, and other mood disorders)

  • Social Skills and Social Communication

  • Fine Motor Development

  • Visual-Motor Integration

  • Language Development

  • Adaptive Functioning Skills

  • Academic/Achievement Functioning

  • Giftedness

Dr. Aggie will assess for the following diagnoses:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Specific Learning Disorders (formerly known as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, etc.)

  • Intellectual Disability (ID)

  • Global Developmental Delays (GDD)

  • Language Disorders

  • Other Related Anxiety & Depressive Disorders

Note: Please notify Dr. Aggie if interested in adding a formal speech and occupational therapy evaluation to your child’s comprehensive psychological report.

 

Comprehensive Psychoeducational Assessments  

A Comprehensive Psychoeducational Assessment provides a detailed understanding of your child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning at school. It helps the parents and school understand your child’s areas of strength and continuous areas of growth. Dr. Aggie utilizes evidence-based and state-of-the art assessment measures to identify your child’s unique learning style and pattern. Upon completion of your evaluation, Dr. Aggie provides detailed recommendations to assist in helping your child successfully access the curriculum. This is done by meeting with the school team and providing guidance and consultation with your child’s special education placement and services.

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Individual & Family Counseling Services​

Individual and family therapy can help you and your child identify common stressors and address social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Aggie will conduct an initial consultation to help determine specific goals for your child and family. After this initial consultation, Dr. Aggie will compose a comprehensive program to foster open communication and teach you and your child coping skills to address anxiety, depression, familial conflict, behavior difficulties, social skill difficulties, low self-esteem, as well as perfectionism. Family therapy doesn’t automatically solve family conflicts or make an unpleasant situation go away. But it can help you and your family members understand one another better, and it can provide skills to cope with challenging situations in a more effective way. It may also help the family achieve a sense of togetherness.
 

Dr. Aggie will collaborate with parents and child, as well as the child’s school/teacher as needed, in order to provide a collaborative and comprehensive treatment approach. Types of counseling and therapy include the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Parent Training/Coaching

  • Parent education about diagnosis and treatment

  • Teen Counseling

  • Play Therapy

  • Behavioral Interventions

  • Social skill training and social skill groups

 

Family therapy does not automatically solve family conflicts or make an unpleasant situation go away. However, it can help you and your family members understand one another better, and it can provide skills to cope with challenging situations in a more effective way. It may also help the family achieve a sense of togetherness.

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Neurodevelopmental & Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

& Intervention

Does your child struggle with making eye contact, engaging in social interactions, participating in reciprocal conversations, as well as rigidity in behaviors? Are you or a professional working with your child concerned that your child may have autism? If you share these concerns then it is imperative for you to obtain a comprehensive neurodevelopmental assessment from a provider with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating autism. Dr. Aggie has over 20 years of experience working with individuals with autism and she utilizes state-of-the art assessment measures that examine your child’s cognitive abilities, language, social emotional communication, and social interactions to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Aggie will help you identify your child’s level of autism and help to guide you with your child's treatment.

In addition to assessment services, Dr. Aggie provides behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy to individuals with autism. She offers parent training and parent consultation sessions to assist in treating the family as a whole. Additionally, Dr. Aggie provides social skills groups for children and adolescents. 

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Social Skills Group

Dr. Aggie and team will provide social skill development and social skills training to help improve social communication and social interaction skills. Children will be taught developmentaly appropriate social skills and provided the opportunity to generalize skills with their peers.

 
 
 

Psychological Treatment Coordination

Dr. Aggie will provide ongoing support and coordination of care for your child post assessment. Based on the intensity of the service, this may include the following:

  • Helping to coordinate other related services (e.g., speech, physical, occupational, and educational therapy, as well as ABA and music therapy)

  • Provide weekly updated schedule of all services to the family

  • Coordinate weekly meetings with team members individually

  • Coordinate monthly team meeting with ALL team members

  • Check-in and assess parent, child, and family needs throughout the week.

  • Attend IEPs and help guide special education interventions

  • Make recommendation for re-assessments or other services as needed.

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