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Developmental Testing Ashburn, VA

Developmental testing examines and analyzes what an infant or toddler can and cannot do using a standardized set of questions, procedures and methods. The results of these inquiries can be quantified. This information helps parents and clinicians understand how a child compares to a population of children who are developing normally and points to developmental domains that need intervention.

As children develop, some may demonstrate social, communication and problem solving skills at a slower or inconsistent rate, which in turn, impedes their development. Developmental testing will serve to identify if a child is experiencing within normal range weaknesses or more pervasive deficits/impairment (e.g. Autism or Asperger’s Disorder). Sensory Processing Disorder, Hyperlexia and other pervasive developmental delays or conditions are identified through developmental testing.

Ashburn Psychological Services developmental testing assesses language, social skills, motor skills, attachment, memory, sense of self and family dynamics. Parents are given a “map” that helps them understand their child’s unique temperament, developmental strengths and needs, sensory responsiveness, and preferred ways of playing and interacting. This tool helps parents to read and understand their child’s non-verbal signals and to respond appropriately. Early detection of delays or inconsistencies in development can help set-up the proper care and treatment to put children on the right path.

Dr. Margaret Wong, Dr. Amy Gordon, Dr. Rachel Martell and Dr. Shalini Wahi are the practices main evaluators. We invite you to visit us at http://www.ashburnpsych.com to review their impressive credentials and experience as psychologists and neuropsychologists.

We invite you to contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999 to schedule a consultation with our team of pediatric and child evaluators.

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Forensic Psychiatrist Forensic Psychologist Ashburn, VA

Understanding a client’s cognitive functioning and psychological profile are an important part of building a successful legal defense.

The skilled team at Ashburn Psychological Services (APS), through state-of-the-art psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, provide an objective evaluation of clients’ mental status in the context of relevant legal issues. These evaluations can provide psychological profiling, an assessment of client competency, an objective evaluation of distress experienced, as well as an assessment of the client’s psychological functioning.

APS clinicians have extensive legal experience including a nationally renowned forensic psychiatrist and psychologists with direct experience working for the Justice Department and the DC Superior Court.

Psychological and psychiatric evaluations and expert testimony can assist in many kinds of cases for which we are experienced and available for consultation:

Family

Custody and Visitation Issues
Child Neglect and Abuse
Divorce
Contested Estates and Probate

Civil

Civil Personal Injury
Employment Litigation
Emotional Distress
Age, Race, Gender Discrimination
Sexual Harassment

Criminal

Competency to Stand Trial
Cognitive Impairment
Diminished Capacity/Actuality Pleas
Malingering
Criminal Insanity
Pre-Sentencing Assessments
Juvenile Fitness Evaluations
Mens Rea
Sexual Offenders

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Ashburn Psychological Services provides the most advanced, state of the art assessment and treatment for depression. As a multidisciplinary team, we start with a comprehensive assessment conducted either by one of our highly credentialed psychiatrist’s or clinical psychologist’s. Emotional testing is sometimes warranted for diagnostic clarification – Adjustment Disorder, Mood Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia, Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD and other mood related conditions.

Treatment is then individualized to the care and needs of the client. Treatment may include medication and/or individual therapy or group therapy.

To schedule a consultation with our team, please contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999.

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Ashburn Psychological Services provides the most advanced, state of the art assessment and treatment for child, adolescent and adult ADD and ADHD. As a multidisciplinary team, we start with a comprehensive assessment conducted either by one of our highly credentialed psychiatrist’s or psychologist’s. Neuropsychological testing is sometimes warranted for diagnostic clarification inasmuch as ADD and ADHD can look like other conditions and vice versa — anxiety, depression, learning disorders, auditory processing disorder, and other developmental conditions. Diagnostic testing is sometimes required for private or public school placement and instruction.

Treatment is then individualized to the care and needs of the client. Treatment may include medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy, parent consultation and guidance and/or Cogmed Working Memory Training. Some of our clients are adamant that they do not want medication as a component to their treatment or their child’s treatment for ADD or ADHD. Much research has shown outstanding results for ADD and ADHD with evidenced based cognitive behavior therapy alone. Cogmed research studies have also shown impressive results in the treatment of ADD and ADHD.

To schedule a consultation with our team, please contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999.

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This is an excellent time of year to have your child or adolescent assessed and tested for learning struggles in math, reading and/or writing, as well as developmental, speech and language, auditory processing, behavioral or emotional concerns. It’s still Summer so your child’s stress level is lower than it likely would be during the school year. Moreover, having your parental concerns addressed and your child’s struggles fulling identified now will put you well ahead of the curve for a successful school year. There are various types of testing to consider:

Neuropsychological Testing

Developmental Testing

ADHD Testing

Math Testing

Reading Testing

Writing Testing

Speech and Language

Auditory Processing

Sensory Processing Testing

Emotional Testing

Behavioral Testing

Depending on your child’s needs, Ashburn Psychological Services team of highly credentialed doctoral level evaluators are here to help you. We invite you to call our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999 to discuss your child or adolescents needs and how we might best be of service to you. We also invite you to visit us at http://www.ashburnpsych.com to learn more about the different types of assessments and testings offered at Ashburn Psychological Services.

Our evaluators: Dr. Margaret Wong, Dr. Amy Gordon, Dr. Shalini Wahi, Dr Rachel Martell, Dr. Michael Oberschneider and Dr. Maggie Avedisian’s biographies can also be reviewed at http://www.ashburnpsych.com.

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Ashburn Psychological Services works with children, adolescents and adults throughout Ashburn to understand any emotional and behavior problems. Testing will accurately diagnose psychiatric problems such as depression and anxiety disorders. Ashburn Psychological Services provides individuals and families an understanding of their problems and personalized recommendations to treat them. Treatment might include: cognitive-behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, behavior planning and behavior modification work, play therapy, Greenspan-style floor time work, coping skills work, parental guidance, relaxation training, family therapy or couples therapy.

In addition to treating emotional/psychological problems, APS will assist in coordinating services between professionals. For example, emotional testing results greatly assist psychiatrists in determining which medications (if any) are most appropriate for children, adolescents and adults. Our psychiatrists, Dr. Imran Akram, Dr. Joseph Novello, Dr. Malika Seth, Dr. Gagandeep Singh and Dr. Zafar Rasheed work collaboratively with our evaluators and therapists in utilizing data gathered from emotional and psychological testing.

We invite you to contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999 to schedule a consultation. We also invite you to visit us at http://www.ashburnpsych.com to learn more about our team and services.

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Perhaps one of the biggest challenges faced by educators is how best to teach students who present with difficulty learning. Even gifted children often possess an uneven set of cognitive abilities, which in turn could negatively affect learning and academic performance. Obtaining a profile of a student’s learning strengths and weaknesses through professional assessment is essential to understand how best to teach such a student and to determine appropriate interventions, accommodations and/or school or classroom placement.

Psychoeducational testing evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s abilties, learning style and educational achievement. Through Psychoeducational testing Reading, Writing and Mathematics Disorders are determined. Standardized educational testing will also reveal the extent to which a student’s problems fall in the mild, moderate or severe range when compared to same aged peers and whether other factors are contributing to or exacerbating functioning. It is well established that children and adolescents with learning disorders have a much higher rate of ADD and ADHD, as well as behavioral problems. Thus, it is essential to further identify or rule-out potential processing problems such as: Dyslexia, AD(H)D, Auditory Processing Disorder, Auditory and Visual Memory difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, Executive Functioning Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability and Visual-Motor Integration Disorder.

After assessing an individual’s test results, Ashburn Psychological Services (APS) will provide a comprehensive report, an in-depth feedback session and specific recommendations to address diagnosis and treatment. APS will serve to determine if the student is eligible for education services under IDEA or ADA. Such accommodations could include: preferential seating, 1:1 certified tutoring, extended time on tests and/or alternative examination formats. Depending on the child or adolescent’s needs, APS clinicians are trained to work closely with parents, schools, tutors, educational consultants, and other specialists to implement a plan of action to get the student back on track.

Summer is an ideal time for parents to have their child assessed/tested. A child’s stress level is usually down during the Summer, and the parents will have a report (and a roadmap for direction) in hand prior to the start of the school year.

APS also provides admissions testing for independent, private schools, as well as gifted testing.

We are certified independent evaluators for Loudon, Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford, and Fauquier counties.

APS has the area’s finest team of evaluators who conduct testing in a variety of areas in addition to psychoeducational testing. Our highly credentialed doctors and evaluators conduct developmental testing, ADHD testing, Autism testing, Asperger’s testing, neuropsychological testing, emotional testing, auditory processing testing, speech and language testing, forensic testing, custody evaluations, parenting capacity evaluations.

For more information on psychoeducational testing and other testings conducted at APS, we invite you to call our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999.

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