We evaluate and coordinate care for:
Psychological and neuropsychological assessments
Parent support and education
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) evaluation for verbal and pre-verbal and non-verbal children
The Stramski Center's goal is to provide effective psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to academically and emotionally troubled children of all ages in order to determine the pattern of brain-related strengths and weaknesses, emerging personality traits, emotional and behavioral difficulties and develop an understanding of the nature of such difficulties. We strive to provide parents and caretakers with appropriate diagnoses, treatment recommendations and suggest interventions, supports, resources and creative therapies for each child. We use pre-screening measures and questionnaires, cognitive assessments and achievement tests along with interviews and mental health assessments to measure how a child is doing in school, at home and in the community. These assessments seek to measure each child’s academic habits, motivation, visual and auditory processing skills, fine/gross motor skills and executive processes. The results of our comprehensive assessments inform behavioral, social and educational intervention recommendations for parents, educators, physicians and other professionals who may be involved in a child or teen’s physical and mental health.
Advocating for Your Child
Our licensed clinical psychologist is able to provide all of the above services with the support of other Stramski team members to better assist families and their children in their journeys toward improved mental and physical health. Our psychologist often serves as a conduit between children and their parents, school teachers, principals and administrators as well as other physicians. She seeks to support families with their children’s academic needs by attending school meetings, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan meetings, and serve as mentor, advisor and Stramski Center liaison as needed. When working with each child, her goal is to understand individual barriers, cultural or linguistic difficulties, socioeconomic factors and other medical challenges which may impact treatment and prognosis while at the same time highlighting and working from strengths.
It is our hope that our team, which includes our clinical psychologist, will help others understand specific needs rather than labels and getting over hurdles by following recommendations. Our clinical psychologist focuses on teaching parents and caregivers how to encourage their children, provide appropriate boundaries and structure and help them succeed academically through tactics aimed to improve focus and concentration, memory and communication. Psychological testing complements our approach to assessment and we strive to provide the best care through expertise, compassion, and data.
Psychological Testing Team
Dr. Ioana Pal, PsyD
Psychological Testing Director