Child and Adolescent Diagnostic Assessment Program
The Child and Adolescent Assessment Clinic provides diagnostic psychometric assessment and evaluation of children referred for suspected Learning Disability/Dyslexia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and their associated learning and behavioral issues. Referrals are received from parents and professionals, and include comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations of such areas as attention, cognition, information processing, language, academic achievement, and social-emotional adjustment. Although referrals for preschool and high school age students are considered, children of elementary and middle school age are preferred.
Two general types of assessments are available. Comprehensive psycho-educational assessment of children who have not previously been evaluated is typically required, and involves an interview with parent(s) and child, a full day of assessment, and a return visit for feedback conference, written report, and recommendations. For children who have previously been evaluated and are being seen for follow-up, and/or for a second opinion, specialized assessments are targeted at specific referral questions.
A second, specialized clinic is available for children ages 5-12 with suspected Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and/or Attention/Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Such children often present difficulty with listening comprehension, following verbal directions, and verbal organization. Because of the frequent overlap or co-occurrence of auditory processing and attentional disorders, this specialty clinic was developed to consolidate these specialized assessments. Referred children are initially evaluated under the direction of Ms. Roz Firemark, Audiologist in the Language, Speech, and Hearing Clinics, CSUN Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.
Children are seen for a ½ day audiometric screening and specialized assessment of auditory processing. Subsequently, the children are scheduled an additional ½ day for a specialized assessment of vigilance, visual and auditory attention span, and impulsivity, and standardized parent and teacher ratings of attention. Children evaluated through the Psychology Department clinics are also typically involved in ongoing studies including: the relationship of phonological and other auditory-language abilities to reading achievement; the co-morbidity of APD and AD/HD.
Additional information about the appropriateness of referrals and/or request for an evaluation should be addressed to: