Pediatric neuropsychological evaluations help children and their families understand the functionality of behavior. In addition to a holistic approach and thorough diagnostic interview, Dr. Crum creates a personalized battery of assessments to address the family and child’s needs. Through establishing a supportive, safe, and encouraging environment, Dr. Crum examines the ins and outs of your child’s thinking patterns, emotions, and behaviors across multiple meetings. Dr. Crum comprehensively explains the results of the evaluation, while discussing individually tailored treatment recommendations that are applicable across settings (E.g., home, school, social, and interpersonal). These evaluations, as well as psychoeducational evaluations, include Dr. Crum advocating for your child’s potential IEP/504 services in school, given his experienced understanding of the legal rights your child has in the school district.
The brain controls everything we do from basic living skills (E.g., breathing & moving) to thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Often times, there is a neurological explanation to one’s presenting concerns. Integrating qualitative and quantitative data, neuropsychological evaluations are used to identify strengths and areas of challenge unique to patients, while taking into consideration developmental, cultural, and psychosocial variables. Common referrals include attention/concentration problems, dementia, memory decline, traumatic brain injuries, pre-surgical/intervention evaluations to determine baseline cognitive functioning, and psychological factors that impact cognitive functioning. The findings of this evaluation are thoroughly explained and applied to everyday functioning, setting up treatment interventions to alleviate and manage any findings.
The diversity of presentation of autism across the spectrum makes it difficult to correctly diagnosis. Dr. Crum offers adult and pediatric autism evaluations by employing a variety of empirically based assessments and diagnostic tools. He applies methods that consider comorbid and prognostic conditions such as ADHD, learning disability, communication disorders, intellectual delay, amongst others. Dr. Crum evaluates individuals across time and various contexts for a comprehensive picture. Dr. Crum embraces neurodiversity and emphasizes the strengths associated with those diagnosed with autism.
A psychoeducational assessment evaluates children and adult’s academic achievement and intellect. This includes the determination of learning disabilities including phonological dyslexia, orthographic dyslexia, mixed dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other executive function based learning disabilities. Instead of the discrepancy model used in the school system, Dr. Crum employs understanding and knowledge of whole-brain functioning with developmental considerations to determine the presence of a learning disability. Dr. Crum individually tailors evaluations to meet a patient’s specific and unique needs.
Emotions are fluid, complex, and multilayered. Often times, individual’s challenges and problems are difficult to articulate and describe, resulting in feeling overwhelmed, misunderstood, and lonely. In addition to a detailed diagnostic intake, Dr. Crum utilizes empirically based objective and projective psychological testing to better understand and provide valuable insight into the functionality of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This often provides valuable information that leads to individually tailored treatment recommendations.
This type of evaluation service is only offered solely through the partnership with Sierra Neurosurgery Group. These evaluations are designed to determine an individual's readiness for surgery as well as examine psychosocial stress and psychological factors that can influence an individuals experience of pain.
Through my experience working with numerous veterans, the purpose of these examinations is to comprehensively evaluate a veteran's claim for compensation, including the etiology and severity of a veteran's condition to better understand how it impacts their life. The evaluation examines the validity of the veteran's presenting concerns and how it directly relates to their military service. I am passionate and determined in working with veterans to fight for the compensation they deserve.
*Please call our office to inquire about other assessments we provide