The purpose of evaluation is to help provide a comprehensive understanding of an individual from a cognitive, learning, emotional, social, and developmental perspective within the context of their history and environment. This information is used to help develop a detailed plan of action, identify specific strategies and resources, and provide information that can be used to help them identify and reach their individual goals and ultimately begin working toward their full potential. The results can also be useful for other professionals who may be working with the individual.
Overview of the Process:
An evaluation has 5 primary parts: Initial Consultation, Evaluation, Gathering of Related Information, Feedback/Presentation of Results, and Implementation of Recommendations, and Follow-up
Initial Consultation: In the initial consultation I meets with an individual or their parents in order to discuss the primary concerns, collect relevant background information, and to generate specific goals for the evaluation and an evaluation plan.
Evaluation: The evaluation includes the administration of a uniquely tailored battery of tests and a thorough interview. Specific tests are chosen that assess all of the primary aspects of cognitive functioning as well as emotional and personality characteristics and behavior if necessary.
Information Gathering: With parents written permission, I make contact with other professionals working with your child, such as therapists, their psychiatrist, educators, physicians, etc. in order to develop a thorough understanding of your child.
Feedback: The feedback session is a time when I will meet with the parents to discuss the results of the evaluation and to review recommendations. This is when we work together to develop a specific plan for treatment, supports, and/or strategies based on the information provided in the evaluation. Along with feedback with parents I also like to provide age-appropriate feedback to the child to help them understand the relevance of the process in their life and how the information may be useful to them.
I also discuss evaluation results, if appropriate, with other professionals who may be working with your child, such as therapists, psychiatrists, educators, physicians, etc.
Recommendations: Dr. Morton takes an active approach to helping patients and families find the appropriate resources, implement recommended supports and strategies, and troubleshoot throughout the process. This link between test results and implementation of those results is a central component of the evaluation process.
Follow-up: A follow-up meeting is often scheduled approximately 2-3 months after the feedback session in order to discuss and assess progress as well as review and update recommendations.