Psycho-Educational Assessment

Adult Psycho-Educational Assessment is used to document the presence of Learning Disabilities (LDs) and Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and to support requests for accommodations in schools and on standardized tests, such as SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT and MCAT. These accommodations may include requests for additional time during test-taking and a quiet atmosphere for the duration of the test.

This form of testing may be beneficial to clients who have been previously diagnosed with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, but require an updated evaluation for the purposes of required documentation for accommodations, as well as to clients who have suspected that they may have a learning disability or attention deficit disorder but have not been diagnosed as children. Dr. Shikhman offers several types of psycho-educational assessment, contingent to the clients’ needs.

Comprehensive Learning Disability Evaluation

The Comprehensive Learning Disability Evaluation is a form of assessment recommended to clients, who seek accommodations on standardized tests, such as SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE and a wide range of Board and Licensing exams. This evaluation is also designed to assist clients with accommodations at colleges and graduate programs, which require specific documentation of existent learning disorders. The assessment lasts approximately 8-10 hours and is typically accomplished over the course of two days. Following the evaluation, Dr. Shikhman produces a comprehensive report that is tailored to the requirements of the Board to which it will be submitted. The report includes recommended accommodations, which commonly include extended time, use of a quiet room for testing, and the use of adoptive devices and services, when appropriate. For clients, who are not sure whether or not they qualify for such accommodations, Dr. Shikhman recommends completing the Learning Disability Screen first. If the client meets the criteria for a learning disability, he or she would then have a choice to proceed with the Comprehensive Learning Disability Evaluation to build their case for the need to receive such accommodations. In such cases, the fee for the Learning Disability Screen would be subtracted from the fee for the Comprehensive Learning Disability Evaluation.

This evaluation is offered in English only

Learning Disability Screen

The Learning Disability Screen is a brief form of assessment helpful in establishing a diagnosis of a learning disability. Although learning disabilities come in various forms, the two most common types are dyslexia – a learning disability in reading – and a learning disability in math. This specific test is particularly useful for clients who have never been diagnosed with a learning disability but who suspect that they might have it. The testing takes approximately 3-4 hours and includes assessment for ADHD. Dr. Shikhman provides a brief report of her findings, outlines the diagnosis, and offers recommendations to her clients pertaining to relevant accommodations in school and on standardized tests. This particular screen, however, does not comply with the specific requirements of some schools for granting accommodations. If the client seeks accommodations for standardized tests, such as SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE or Board and Licensing exams, then a comprehensive learning disability evaluation is recommended.

This screen is offered in English only.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Screen

The Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Screen is a brief test that establishes the diagnosis of ADHD in adults, if such a diagnosis had not been made in childhood, and validates the severity of symptoms. This testing is helpful in clarifying and differentiating the symptoms of ADHD from other psychological conditions that may affect attention, such as anxiety or depression. It involves a diagnostic interview, a test of one’s attention and several self-report questionnaires.

This screen is offered in English and Russian.