Rhonda L. Smith, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

 

ADHD Evaluations

 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can be  confusing, frustrating, and exhausting for a child and parents.  An ADHD evaluation can result in a diagnosis, but also provide important information that can be used as part of recommendations for interventions that can help your child be successful at home, school, and in the community.  I can help parents understand the complexities of ADHD and assist with behavior management and positive behavioral supports.  A diagnosis of ADHD might also provide your child with additional support in the educational setting.

 

Learning Difficulties and Evaluations

 

When a child is struggling in school, parents may find that they are not sure WHY their child is struggling or WHAT they can do to help.  An evaluation is helpful in providing information about your child’s strengths and needs and determining whether there is a learning disability (such as dyslexia), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or possibly some other reason such as a medical condition that is impacting your child’s success in school.  The information gathered from the evaluation can be used to provide recommendations for interventions that are specific to your child for both home and school, and the evaluation results might also be used in the educational setting for an IEP or 504 Plan.  In addition, some individuals are able to use the results to qualify for testing accommodations in high school or college.  Even though this process might seem overwhelming, I will walk parents through the steps and answer all questions along the way. 

 

Depending on the concerns parents have about their child, the evaluation process may include intellectual, neurological, psychological, and academic test examining such areas as thinking, problem-solving, memory, use of language, attention, social-emotional functioning, behavior, and academic achievement.  Once testing is completed, I will sit with parents and review all the results, answer any questions parents might have, and parents will be provided with a written report of the evaluation to take home.  Given my vast experiences within the educational setting, I am also able to guide parents through the special education process and assist with advocating for your child’s individual needs.  As a parent, I sincerely understand how important it is for us to make sure our children are getting everything they need to be successful as they grow and develop.      

Consultation

 

As a parent, you might have a number of questions about a variety of areas such as your child’s social-emotional functioning, behavior, learning difficulties, or possibly special education services.  I am available to answer your questions, provide recommendations, discuss options, provide resources, and to work with you so that you are able to make informed decisions about how to help your child move toward positive change and growth.  I am also available to provide second opinions about school evaluation results and help to answer any additional questions you might have about the tests administered by the school.     

 

 

 

      

Therapy

 

I offer short-term therapy for children, adolescents, and adults experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning difficulties, and other issues impacting their ability to be successful in other areas of their life, which may include home, school, or relationships with others.  Therapy is a collaborative process during which I work with the adult, or the child and parents, on skills and strategies specific to the current issue.  I use cognitive-behavioral interventions and other evidence-based methods to provide treatment that best meets each client's unique needs.  In the case of a child's therapy, the initial session is typically with the parents only and parents share such information as developmental history, information about school, the area of concern, and any other information parents feel is important.  The rest of the sessions are with the child only or with the child and parent(s), and sessions are typically 45 – 50 minutes long.  If the client is an adult, the process is similar as it pertains to the adult client.  Once again, this is a collaborative process and, by working together, I truly believe we can achieve positive change and growth.