Kristin Gross, Ph.D., ABPdN
Comprehensive evaluations and consultations for children ages 3 years to young adults
In my work with children/adolescents and their families I strive to be thorough, attentive and sensitive to the many troubling issues that families can experience, and I try to be as responsive as possible. I help parents better understand how the results of my evaluation translates into the everyday world of their child, their behavior and emotions.
Assessments consist of interviews, comprehensive testing, a detailed report that typically contains a diagnosis and specific recommendations for schools, professionals working with your child, a treatment plan, and a final feedback session. During this process we learn valuable information including how your child perceives, mediates information and then produces responses, how he/she learns, and how they tend to cope with adverse experiences. Besides helping parents find the right resources, I want them to leave my office informed with a new understanding of how their child processes information, how that informs their behavior in certain circumstances and what causes any upsets. Ideally my report serves as a reference to go back to when things get difficult again or change later. I also strive to empower your child/adolescent with an new understanding of how their brain functions in response to various tasks or challenges and give them insights on how to help themselves when they are overwhelmed or frustrated. Ultimately this is in the service of boosting self-confidence, which is what a child needs to meet the ever increasing demands of educational settings. A confident child is a competent one.
Lastly, I assist teachers/professionals working with your child to understand and connect the puzzle pieces just as I did when I put them together, so that it all comes together and your child is understood consistently across settings.