Nearly every new client at CPE starts with an initial or "intake" appointment. In the case of minors under the age of 14, these sessions typically involve parents only. In the case of older teens, our initial interviews usually involve all concerned family members. In either case, a detailed interview is conducted, focusing on current concerns and relevant history. In addition to collecting historical information, we encourage review of school records, EOGs and other standardized test results, prior evaluations, and any other pertinent documentation.
At the end of the initial appointment, a plan is made as to whether formal assessment needs to occur, and if so, how much and what type. There are some instances when there is reason to proceed directly to an intervention, particularly in cases of emotional or behavioral difficulties. Regardless of the next step, much stock is placed in this initial interview to make certain that the most appropriate and individualized plan is formulated and agreed upon by all parties.
Below is a listing of the different types of assessment procedures and intervention types that ensue following the intake meeting:
Evaluation and Assessment Activities
Psychoeducational (cognitive and achievement)
Neuropsychological (e.g. head injury evaluations)
Functional behavioral analysis
Classroom observations and teacher meetings
IEP/504 meeting attendance and advocacy
Educational planning, preschool through college and graduate school
Specialty referral assistance to families with special needs children
Co-parenting for divorced couples