Mary E. Cunningham, Ph.D.

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Neuropsychological and Psychoeducational Evaluations

Testing typically covers all areas of cognitive functioning.  When indicated, measures of behavioral and emotional functioning are also included.  Due to the varying needs of each client, I do not have a specific, fixed battery that is used with everyone.  Rather, while all of the areas listed below are touched on, those which are of concern or are most problematic for a particular individual are examined in the greatest depth.  As the testing is tailored to each person’s needs, the battery for a student with reading problems, for example, will overlap but be somewhat different from the battery given to a student with math or attentional problems.  The battery is also adjusted as the testing progresses and the issues which are most challenging become more apparent.  In this way by the end of the assessment we have the clearest possible view of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses and can formulate a plan to address the issues which are problematic. For high school aged students the battery of tests selected includes those which the College Board requires when determining if a student qualifies for accommodations on tests such as the PSAT and SAT.

Areas assessed: 

  • Intellectual abilities
  • Academic skills
  • Attention
  • Executive functions (the ability to reflect on, initiate, evaluate, and regulate thinking and behavior
  • Learning and memory
  • Auditory skills
  • Language skills
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Fine-motor coordination
  • Emotional functioning (when indicated)

 

Consultation

Consulation is available to parents and professional regarding
  • Giftedness
  • Recommendations for interventions for learning and attention issues
  • Behavioral management and modification
  • Implementing learning and attention strategies within the classroom
  • Preparing for school meetings and interactions with teachers

Advocacy

  • Meeting with teachers and parents to explain needs and recommendations
  • Attending IEP meetings

Referrals

This is an assessment and consultation practice.  Recommendations are provided for identified problems and referrals are made to appropriate clinicians (e.g. therapists, tutors, speech/language services, etc.) as needed.  

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