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Carla O’Brien “Coach Carla” Visits Ashburn Psychological Services

ADHD and Life Coach, Ms. Carla O’Brien “Coach Carla,” recently visited with our director, Dr. Michael Oberschneider, to discuss the ways in which their two practices can work together more closely in supporting Loudoun County children, teens and adults with ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s Disorder. Coach Carla offers a unique combination of supports and strategies, including equine assisted coaching. For certain individuals, working with horses has proven to be a very effective approach for improving emotional and behavioral regulation, empathy, self-esteem and social skills. Below is an excerpt on equine coaching from Coach Carla’s Website:

Equine Facilitated Coaching for people living with ADHD, is an incredible way to improve your life! My Equine Coach exercises are specially designed to help you remove that “fog” that can keep you confused as to why you can’t complete certain projects, or find the motivation to even get started!

When you have ADHD it takes more than willpower to do better! You need awareness, goals, and accountability. When working with me, you will attain much needed life skills to achieve your dream life, long after our sessions are over!

When you work with my Equine Coaches you learn to recognize when you are getting out of control, and self manage back to an acceptable energy level. You will better read social situations and finally be able to have more friends. . By having to organize to get tasks done with the Equine Coaches, you will learn how you best work, and carry that design into organizing anything in your life.

This is just a few of the ways Equine Facilitated Coaching can help you with your ADHD. Step out of the doctor’s offices and into nature, to learn to be and do your best ! And you will have tons of fun while doing it!

To learn more about Coach Carla and her services, we invite you to visit her at: http://www.coachcarla.net.

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Attorney, John Whitbeck, and fellow attorney, Kristin Quirk, met with Ashburn Psychological Services team members to discuss their special education law practice in Loudoun County. Mr. Whitbeck is a highly regarded Northern Virginia attorney who is now offering special education law services through his Leesburg practice, Whitbeck and Cisneros, P.C., and in coordination with his associates. Mr. Whitbeck and his team are offering special education advocacy and legal representation to Northern Virginia families in need. Students with learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia, math, writing), neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s) and emotional and behavioral struggles may benefit from the assistance of a special education attorney in working with the school system. Dr. Joseph Novello, Dr. Margaret Wong, Dr. Maggie Avedisian, Dr. Amy Gordon, Dr. Al Jerome and Dr. Michael Oberschneider were on hand to meet with Mr. Whitbeck and Ms. Quirk.

To learn more about Mr. Whitbeck and Ms. Quirk, we invite you to visit http://www.whitbecklegal.com or call (703) 777-1795.

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Mr. Tom Walker of Aspen Education Group and Sierra Tucson met with members of the Ashburn Psychological Services team to discuss ways in which the two organizations could work together better to serve children, teens and families in need. Aspen offers a nationwide network of centers including: residential treatment centers, outdoor behavioral health, therapeutic boarding schools, special needs summer camps and young adult programs. Ashburn Psychological Services has had a wonderful relationship with Aspen for years. To learn more about Aspen and Sierra Tucson’s services, please contact Mr. Tom Walker at: (703) 850-5204. We also invite you to visit Apspen at http://www.aspeneducation.com

Dr. Michael Oberschneider
Founder and Director
Ashburn Psychological Services

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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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Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive procedure that measures and identifies the interaction between cognition, processing capacities, and psychological functioning and their impact on academic and daily behavior.This sort of comprehensive testing is recommended for cases in which a detailed but general overview of functioning is requested.Neuropsychological testing provides quantifiable data about the following mental functions:

Short-term and long-term memory
Intelligence
Problem solving and conceptualizingᅠ
Ability to learn new skills and solve problemsᅠ
Attention, concentration, and distractibilityᅠ
Logical and abstract reasoning functionsᅠ
Ability to understand and express languageᅠ
Visual-spatial organization Visual-motor coordinationᅠ
Planning, synthesizing and organizing abilities
Functional impacts on learning and information recall
Academic achievement
Impact on the way a person thinks and feels as a result of the way their brain uses information

A neuropsychological evaluation will serve to confirm or clarify diagnoses such as, dementing conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s), developmental learning disabilities, attention/executive functioning disorders, developmental disabilities (e.g., Autism or Asperger’s Disorder), and the effects of toxic chemicals or chronic substance abuse, to name but a few.

Testing results will offer specific recommendations to educators, consultants and employers, which can help the child, adolescent or adult adapt to the work or school setting.

We invite you to call Ashburn Psychological Services to discuss your needs and how we can best support you. Ms. Christine Kutt, our office manager, can be reached directly at (703) 723-2999. We also invite you to visit us at http://www.ashburnpsych.com to learn more about our team and services.

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