For students who struggle with attention, motivation, and other academic skills, there may be an underlying psychological disorder. Diagnosing and understanding these disorders is the first step to overcoming their effects. While the list of educational impacting disabilities can be lengthy, the most common ones are:
Schools are reluctant to provide academic accommodations for students unless they present a formal diagnosis of one or more of these. If your student has recent testing that needs updating or if you suspect your student may indeed be struggling with an educational impacting disability, Dr. Creasy can provide a full psycho-educational assessment.
This process contains three steps:
Dr. Creasy will meet with you and your child to discuss relevant information. The goal of the initial intake is to gain a full understanding of the challenges your child faces. Relevant information may include previous testing, teacher comments, parent observations, medical history, and your child’s comments.
After the initial intake, Dr. Creasy will administer various diagnostic assessments.
These assessments measure traits such as overall intelligence, attention, social-emotional functioning, and other personality traits. The results of these assessments can offer evidence of any underlying psychological issue that may contribute to a student’s difficulties.
You and your child will then be given a written report of the results of the evaluation. This report will serve as the documentation necessary to set up academic accommodations including a 504 plan and any other support the school may deem appropriate. Dr. Creasy will also walk you through the report so that you understand exactly what the results mean. The report will also contain recommendations for additional support.
Dr. Creasy is a Licensed Psychological Associate with Independent Practice, which is a Master’s-level licensure. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists provides a detailed explanation of this licensure here.