Theresa L Gibson, PhD PLLC


Psychological Evaluations:

Every child is unique; every evaluation should be catered to the individuality of the child and the questions posed by the parents and/or other professionals. Because every child is different, every testing battery is different. You can feel confident that your child is valued as a unique individual and offered the very best of assessment services. Psychological Evaluations can include testing and clinical assessment to determine cognitive abilities, learning difficulties, attention, memory, processing, development, language, and/or social-emotional and behavioral functioning. Testing these areas assists with:

  • Educational planning
  • Treatment planning
  • Gaining a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses so both parents and teachers are better equipped to support your child, thus maximizing his or her learning opportunities
  • Identifying appropriate accommodations and/or recommendations across all settings
  • Identifying giftedness and developing an effective educational plan
  • Identifying diagnosis and parent resources when appropriate
  • Private School Admissions
  • Developmental support: identification of areas to address preventatively or through multi-disciplinary intervention
  • Early kindergarten admissions
  • Obtaining appropriate accommodations for SAT/ACT testing, college admissions, or simply sustaining college success!

The process of a psychological evaluation has several components that occur in the following order:

  1. Initial Parent Meeting
  2. Testing with the child/adolescent (this can range from 2 to 8 hours depending on the referral questions, age, intelligence, personality, and history)
  3. Follow-up meeting with parents to review and discuss results. At this meeting, you will recieve a full written report to assist you with follow-up. The goal of this meeting is to help you gain a clearer understanding of your child, their strengths, and/or their challenges, as well as to develop a strong gameplan so you feel confident in taking the next steps to maximize your child's strengths across settings.


Consultation is available for children and their families, as well as schools, physicians, and hospitals. School consultations often involve a school visit, the development of an educational or behavioral plan, feedback about results of testing, and/or feedback regarding necessary accommodations/ recommendations for the classroom setting. Hospital consultations are typically geared toward assisting children/families or hospital staff in managing emotional or behavioral variables that may arise in the face of a hospitalization for pediatric issues. Such consultations may be one time only or occasionally during the duration of the child’s stay at the hospital. The referral question and source dictates whether the consultation is client-centered or more to assist the hospital staff in managing or understanding the child’s behavior or emotional difficulties. Sometimes parents wish to have an initial consultation simply to determine if testing would be recommended and/or how to best proceed with a child's school or treatment. Consultations are wide-ranging and are designed to provide guidance, direction, and recommendations.

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