In many ways, the assessment process is second nature to me. From the time I was a young child, I have been a keen observer of the world around me, always seeking to understand what makes others “tick.” I see testing and assessment as this same type of “detective work” and I am truly fascinated by each person who comes to see me and their unique personal history. I see the assessment process as collaborative – I work together with clients and their families to get to the bottom of whatever questions they seek to have answered through the assessment. I work in tandem with parents, other medical and psychological providers, teachers, and schools; first to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the child (or adult) through the testing process, and then to create a plan for addressing their unique needs.
There aren’t many professional activities I do that give me the same pleasure as arriving at the “Ah Ha!” moment after completing testing, looking over all the results, and seeing a pattern that explains what the client is experiencing. Connecting the dots for parents and sharing those insights with them, so that they can understand their children from a new perspective, is incredibly meaningful to me.