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Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services is pleased to announce that we are running several social skills groups for children and teens on the autistic spectrum. Currently we are running a group for pre-teen’s diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder and a group for teens diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder. We will be starting a third group for younger children with high functioning autism in the coming weeks.

Our groups are 60 minutes long and are run by 2 doctoral level psychologists with specialty training in autism. One psychologist facilitates the child or teen group and the other psychologist facilities a parent meeting simultaneously. We feel that this is the best approach since both the children and parents get something out of each group experience. The groups have individualized goals, but the focus of the group is not overly scripted or structured; rather each group’s work varies and is based on what the needs of the group members are at the time.

To learn more about our social skills groups, we invite you to call our office manager, Christine Kutt, at (703) 723-2999.

We looking forward to hearing from you and supporting your child or teen’s needs to greater success!!!

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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 conceptualizing
Ability to learn new skills and solve problems
Attention, concentration, and distractibility
Logical and abstract reasoning functions
Ability to understand and express language
Visual-spatial organization Visual-motor coordination
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, 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.

To schedule a consultation or to discuss your needs and how we can best be of service to you, we invite you to contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at: (703) 723-2999. We also invite you to visit our Website at http://www.ashburnpsych.com to learn more about our team and services.

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