In order to more fully understand your child’s abilities and presentation, Dr. Hamilton will consult with important caregivers in your child’s life. This will include not only you, but other professionals involved (teachers, therapists). By considering your child’s performance in the evaluation and estimations from key caregivers, this allows for a more complete picture of your child’s skills, strengths, and struggles. It also is central for better understanding of the tools needed for their success.
Dr. Hamilton sees all ranges of children and young adults for neuropsychological evaluations. The goal is to establish a clear picture of who the child is, how he or she is functioning, and help identify what might be interfering with day-to-day life, learning, and/or overall functioning. Although a neuropsychological evaluation can include the educational component, it looks at a number of other domains and abilities, including cognitive skills, brain-behaviour relationships (i.e., language; motor skills; visual perception), social skills, and even personality functioning if necessary. Assessments can help determine that child’s strengths and weaknesses, how that child best learns, and assist with specific academic, psychological, and/or neurological interventions. The report will finally guide the caregiver through recommendations for both home and school. This can address specific goals in an Individual Education Plan at school, if needed.
Dr. Hamilton provides psychoeducational evaluations for children and young adults of all ages. This evaluation is useful when a student is having academic difficulty and one wants to know why. Testing looks at the child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, academic skills, and underlying processes needed to be a good student. The evaluation will not only help you know whether a learning disability is present, but identify academic roadblocks. The goal will be to create a plan to help guide your decisions, education, extracurricular activities, and move a child towards a more positive educational experience.
Dr. Hamilton conducts developmental evaluations of all types, to help caregivers determine developmental milestones and possible delays. For children entering school-age, Dr. Hamilton can also assess whether a child has attentional limitations or not (i.e. ADHD).