For parents, when your child is struggling - academically, socially, or emotionally - having a partner can make all the difference. Through my many years of experience in the Bay Area as a school psychologist, counselor, administrator and parent, I have developed deep empathy for parents and students. Navigating school systems and processes can be daunting and I am here to help. I also appreciate the perspective of the schools and work in a highly collaborative spirit to ensure a team approach so that interventions will be successful.
Information is Power
When it comes to helping your child succeed, the more you know, the more you can do to help. Understanding the range of options in terms of school supports and accommodations, tutoring, and counseling will help families chart a course of action. Additionally, a psychoeducational assessment may be the right path for increased understanding, building self-efficacy and maximizing potential.
Often times, the factors underlying learning struggles are never identified or are misunderstood. Accurate diagnostic information is the key to eliminating the trial and error approach that often accompanies educational interventions. My assessment work identifies and explains children's unique learning profiles in order to help them further their education, reach their potential, and achieve social and emotional wellbeing.
Psychoeducational assessment combines interviews, observations and testing. Appreciating the child's perspective is a critical aspect of the process. My doctoral research examined the self-efficacy of young learners and I strive to provide each child a positive image of his or her own ability and achievement.