Dr. Gotcher and his staff provide assessments for a wide range of developmental, cognitive, academic, attention, behavior, and emotional challenges. Comprehensive psychological evaluation goals include: determine an accurate diagnosis, identifying individual strengths/weaknesses, and to make recommendations for treatment/intervention.
Autism / Asperger’s Disorder / Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder
Social Challenges/Skills deficits
Adaptive Behavior / Daily Living Skills
Depression / low self esteem
ADHD / Executive Function
ADHD – Combined Type (i.e., impulsive, hyperactive and inattentive)
ADHD – Inattentive (i.e., less impulsivity or hyperactivity observed)
ADHD – Hyperactive, Impulsive (i.e., less inattention observed)
Executive function & Working Memory deficits (i.e., difficulties with planning, organizing, and following multi-step directions, etc.)
Talented & Gifted
Assessment for Social Security & Developmental Disability Services.
Note: We do not provide assessments for child custody or personal safety evaluations.
Step 1: Intake
Bring all previous evaluations and IEP documents you have to the first session.
We will complete a detailed interview.
We will review previous assessments.
We will clarify which assessments are needed to answer your medical questions.
We will clarify which assessments are needed for outside services. (eg, IEP, SSI, DDS)
Step 2: Payment
We accept a number of insurances. Please contact our office for more information.
Insurance: We encourage you to call your insurance company and understand your benefits for psychological testing.
No insurance company covers learning disability assessments. Some companies refuse ADHD assessments. Each policy is different, please check your benefits.
An assessment date is set.
Step 3: Testing Day
Our goal is to make sure we get an accurate observation and assessment of your child's functioning. Please keep the below recommendations in mind for the evaluation:
Sleep: It is very important to get a full night’s sleep the night before. Don’t stay up late because you have the day off!
Breakfast: Please eat a good breakfast so you are ready to work.
Glasses: Be sure to bring them!
ADHD: Please take your medication as usual.
Flu: OTC medications will impact your score pattern. Please contact us ASAP if you are getting very ill.
We will take a break for lunch. You are welcome to either bring your lunch, or go to a neighboring restaurant.
In order to obtain your full focus and attention during the clinical intake interview, if possible please make other arrangements for other young children that could be a distraction during the evaluation process.
Bring quiet games your child likes to play. You may spend extensive time in a private interview.
Step 4: Feedback
We will set a 1 hour appointment for feedback after information is returned from supplemental sources. (eg, school)
The feedback session is for parents. We highly encourage all involved parents to be at this meeting.
The goal is to give clear, direct feedback and plan steps for intervention.
If possible, you will receive a summary report at the feedback meeting or upon completion.
Step 5: Treatment
We are happy to provide ongoing treatment after the assessment, as well as make recommendations to other providers in your area.