Do you work with all age groups?

Dr. Hope performs psychological, psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations with children, adolescents and adults ages 4 and up. Psychotherapy services are provided to clients age 18 and up.

What are some reasons I or my child might need an evaluation?

There can be various reasons for pursuing a psychological, psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation:

1. To identify learning disorders or neurodevelopmental delays, cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, as well as social/emotional or behavioral difficulties that are having a detrimental impact on your or your child’s optimal functioning.
2. To determine whether a student requires academic support services, social/emotional support services, classroom modifications, test accommodations, and the like.
3. To assist parents and teachers in planning an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan.
4. To identify those strategies which would be most effective in helping you or your child learn.
5. To establish a baseline for measuring your or your child’s progress.
What is your psychotherapeutic orientation?

Dr. Hope’s approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic.

How long do your evaluations typically take?

The time to complete an assessment varies depending on the referral question and the type of issues that require addressing. A full neuropsychological evaluation typically takes approximately 6 to 8 hours, usually divided into several sessions. A psychoeducational, brief LD, AD/HD, or psychological evaluation are generally shorter.

When will I get a report after the evaluation is completed?

Dr. Hope will provide a written report within three weeks of the completion of the assessment.

Are you available to meet with a school’s special education staff and/or talk to teachers or providers?

During the evaluation or after it is completed, Dr. Hope is available to accompany parents to school or other meetings, as well as provide feedback to tutors, providers and/or teachers about educational interventions based on the results of the assessment.

Who will work with me and/or my child?

Dr. Hope will personally have all contact with you or your child, perform all testing and write the report.

What is usually included in an assessment?

Any of Dr. Hope’s diagnostic evaluations consists of a developmental history/clinical interview, review of previous evaluations/interventions, behavior rating scales, and an appropriate battery of diagnostic tests in face-to-face testing sessions. Test batteries vary depending upon the nature of the referral, but most batteries will consist of intellectual, educational and often psychosocial assessment, as well as some degree of neuropsychological assessment (such as memory, attention, language, and/or executive functions).

What will the final report include?

Once a diagnostic evaluation is concluded, Dr. Hope will provide a report containing background history, results of qualitative and quantitative testing, a summary/synthesis of test results, and recommendations for instruction, accommodations or interventions. Summary reports are available at a lower fee.

What if I don’t understand the results?

Dr. Hope will meet with you for a feedback session to review the results and the recommendations, as well as to address questions/concerns.

How should I prepare my child before the first testing session?

Most children will have questions about the testing experience. For younger children, it is effective to simply tell your child he/she will be meeting someone new, whose job it is to learn about how kids learn, and that he/she will be trying to do their best at various activities like playing with blocks, drawing, listening and answering questions. They will be able to take a break when they need to. For older children, it is appropriate to more extensively describe how the assessment will help them be more successful in school, and help their teachers present information in a way that optimizes their learning.

Do you have any knowledge of the New York City school system?

Dr. Hope worked for the New York City Department of Education for six years, five as a school psychologist in a public elementary and middle school, and for one year as a psychologist at a Committee on Special Education regional office. Dr. Hope has excellent knowledge of what is available through the DOE, and the process by which parents can secure special education and related services.