Dr. Lyvers helps parents, educators, and kids themselves better understand what makes them tick. At the end of the assessment, you’ll come away with an ‘instruction manual’ for your child and a concrete plan for supporting your child to meet their full potential.
Assessments begin with a consultation to determine if and what type of testing is appropriate, provide treatment or educational recommendations, and/or refer to allied professionals. What follows is a deep dive into your child’s background and history, as well as current behavior. Dr. Lyvers will then integrate information about your child’s medical, social and emotional development to create a personalized evaluation plan.
Dr. Lyvers’ years of experience working with schools and testing boards streamlines the process of determining eligibility for accommodations for all levels of schooling and standardized testing (i.e., ISEE, ACT/SAT, AP, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or MCAT).
Following an evaluation or consultation, Dr. Lyvers works collaboratively with school personnel and allied professionals to implement effective, comprehensive, holistic treatment. She is available to attend private and public school meetings, including Individual Education Plan meetings, and provides training to educators, where indicated. Furthermore, Dr. Lyvers works closely with an array of professionals with specific expertise in various therapies, interventions, and indicated services.
Dr. Lyvers offers pediatric and young adult assessments for a variety of concerns. Common conditions include: ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Language Disorders, Giftedness and Twice-Exceptional (2e), Intellectual Disability, Brain Tumors, Acquired Brain Injury, Concussion, Epilepsy/SeizuresAnxiety, and Depression, among others.
Dr. Lyvers’ assessments include record review, multi-site observations, consultation with other parties, standardized testing, and oral and written feedback. Dr. Lyvers tailors each evaluation to the specific concerns presented, while touching upon all major aspects of cognitive functioning. These include: speech/language, visuospatial and visuomotor, learning and memory, attention and executive skills, emotion and behavior, and adaptive functioning. Results from cognitive assessments are considered alongside academic testing to inform the consideration of potential learning disorders and to guide in treatment planning.
A typical evaluation includes intelligence, academic skills, and learning abilities; however, Dr. Lyvers is also attentive to other factors that can impact learning, and offer additional testing to explore these pieces further. This can include evaluating how accurately the child sees and hears the world around, how well the child expresses ideas, and other skills that are valuable in the classroom. Dr. Lyvers is not a school district employee, yet has been approved by multiple districts to perform Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs). Dr. Lyvers partners with parents and schools to understand the nuances of learning or academic struggles and make suggestions regarding special education, academic interventions, and other educational considerations.
A psychological assessment helps understand the basis of behaviors, personality, and mental health concerns. Such evaluations include record review, behavioral observations, consultation, clinical interview, and testing to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. Evaluations of this nature are particularly useful in differential diagnosis and when medications or other interventions have been insufficient.
Specified IQ testing is typically necessary to determine the eligibility for gifted education programs. Dr. Lyvers uses the Wechsler protocols, which are widely used and broadly accepted measurements of intellectual skills. This is the first step in finding appropriate educational placement and support.