Shoshanah Mercado, Ed.S

Licensed and Certified School Psychologist

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Psycho-educational Assessments

A full psycho-educational battery usually includes an IQ , academic, processing and, possibly, a behavioral screening. What specific assessments are used will depend on the referring issues. Typically, identified areas of need are learning disabilities, processing deficits, Autism/Asperger's, intellectual disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. In addition, these assessments are often requested for accommodations purposes on college board assessments. A diagnosis of ADHD, a learning disability, or a psychological disorder alone does not qualify someone for educational accommodations such as extended time on tests.  Chapter 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and The Americans with Disabilities Act state that one must provide evidence of a disability that functionally limits or impairs a major life activity, i.e., learning, concentrating, reading.  Not all individuals with disabilities are functionally limited such that they require educational accommodations.  In order to determine if someone meets the criterion of a functional limitation, the law requires that individuals undergo comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations that will determine how their disability currently and historically has impaired their learning or academic functioning.  This testing can be done for any age individual that is looking to receive the necessary accommodations. College boards require testing to be no older than 3 years. You’ll be provided a report to submit with a request to a school or standardized testing agency (e.g., ETS, College Board, ACT) for accommodations.  The report will indicate the findings and whether the results indicate whether you exhibit a functional limitation that impairs your ability to function at some academic task.  Personnel at your school or a review panel from a testing center ultimately make the decision regarding whether you qualify for accommodations. 

Gifted Testing

A gifted screening, which can take anywhere from 30-45 min 

will give you a good idea as to whether or not your child will qualify for a gifted program, which requires an IQ of 130. A full gifted assessment takes anywhere from 1 to to 1.5 hours. 


ADHD

There are three types of ADHD; hyperactive/impulsive, inattentive, and combined type. A screening for ADHD is not a diagnosis of ADHD. Only a physician can diagnose ADHD. However, if your child is struggling to focus and/or maintain control of his/her behaviors, ADHD could be the cause. A screener will help you and your child's teacher identify the characteristics of ADHD evident in your child and, based on that feedback, a report will be written and provided to you. It will also contain recommendations for accommodating your child in the classroom. You can then take this to your doctor, which will help facilitate a diagnosis, and/or your child's school to utilize the accommodations to assist your child. 

Child Custody Evaluations/Social Investigations

These evaluations are done to assist the Court in making decisions regarding time-sharing of children when their parents no longer live together. An assessment is done of the adults' capacities for parenting, the psychological functioning and developmental needs of the children, and the ability of each parent to meet these needs.

Forms of payment accepted are Cash, Check, Visa or Mastercard. I am unable to accept insurance, but I am happy to work with you and offer sliding scales and/or payment arrangements.