Caitlin B. Dunning, Psy.D. LLC
Psycho-educational Assessment Services
Caitlin Dunning, Psy.D., & Jennifer Nail, Ph.D.
​4785 Dorsey Hall Drive
Suite 125
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Child & Adolescent Assessment
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Psycho-educational Evaluation
When a child or adolescent is struggling with academic performance, behavior, or social and emotional functioning, a complete assessment can provide parents with valuable information and recommendations. Through this process, we hope to help you better understand your child, identify his or her strengths and challenges, and develop an intervention plan.

Psycho-educational evaluation may be helpful when there are concerns about:
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning Disorders: Reading (Dyslexia), Mathematics, Written Expression (Dysgraphia)
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder
  • Executive Functioning
  • Language Processing
  • Depression, Anxiety, or other Mood Disorders
  • Asperger's or other Autism Spectrum Disorders 

The process of assessment includes an intake interview, the testing session or sessions, and a feedback meeting. During the intake interview, we will discuss your concerns and gather relevant background information to help us develop a battery of tests to address your specific questions. We ay also review prior records and communicate with other professionals involved in your child’s care with your permission.  

A typical psycho-educational evaluation includes assessment of cognitive ability or IQ, academic achievement, attention, memory, and social/emotional functioning. The specific measures we give will be chosen based on your concerns.  The length of testing and number of sessions may vary depending on the age and needs of your child.  Most children are able to complete the testing in two sessions on separate days.

During the feedback session, we review the results of the evaluation with parents or guardians, explain our recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. We generate detailed written reports with recommendations for home and school, and are happy to provide copies of this report to schools, pediatricians, and other professionals at the parent’s request.  Results can also provide information about eligibility for accommodations on standardized testing, including the SAT/ACT.

School Consultation
Families often wish to share the results of an evaluation with their child's school in order to guide interventions and educational planning.  As the process of requesting accommodations can be complicated, many families find it beneficial to consult with a professional who can offer guidance. Our consultation services can include meetings with parents, contact with school personnel, and attendance at IEP meetings to share the results of the evaluation and discuss our recommendations.

In addition to assisting with educational planning and advocacy, we are also available to conduct classroom observations prior to meeting with your child.  In some situations, it can be helpful for us to observe a child in the classroom environment in order to gain an objective assessment of behavior, attention, and socialization outside of the office setting.  

We are available to speak at no charge to community, parent, and school groups on topics related to our practice, including psycho-educational assessment, ADHD, learning disorders, and school advocacy. We can also address other child psychology related topics, such as anxiety, depression, parenting strategies, and effective communication.  Please contact us to discuss topics of interest to your group.