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COMPLETE LIST OF

SERVICES PROVIDED

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Neuropsychological Evaluation

Neuropsychological Evaluations are conducted in our office in Glastonbury. Through the use of standardized cognitive and psychological assessment measures, the Neuropsychological Evaluation identifies strengths and weaknesses in cognitive processing abilities, learning skills, and social/emotional development for the purpose of informing educational programming and therapeutic intervention. When appropriate, clinical diagnoses are also provided. 

 
Some common conditions assessed for include: ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, Depression, and Anxiety. Referrals for Neuropsychological Evaluations are accepted from school districts, parents, and/or by other community medical/mental health care providers. 

 
What to know about the appointment:

 

1. Typically takes a full 4-6 hours to complete. 

2. Begins with a consultation with parents and Dr. 

3. After consultation child will begin testing with Dr. 

4. Break for lunch usually around 12:00 for 1 hour. 

5. At end of the consultation, discussion of initial impressions of evaluation outcome with a complete written report to follow. 

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Psychiatric
Evaluation

School-based Psychiatric Evaluations are conducted in coordination with the child's school district to assess emotional obstacles that may be interfering with their educational participation.  Evaluations are conducted at the child's school, in our Glastonbury office, and/or via video conferences depending on what is most appropriate for each referral. Referrals for School-Based Psychiatric Evaluations can only be made by the child's school district. 

 

Lisa B. Namerow, MD conducts a school-based psychiatric evaluation by reviewing all past evaluations provided, obtaining history from parents, and school team, and conducting a clinical interview with the student. If there are outside providers, and the family provides written consent, the providers are contacted following the evaluation in order to obtain additional history.  A written report and verbal consultation is then provided to the school, family, and relevant community providers outlining clinical impressions and treatment recommendations.

 

It is important to note that in contrast to a neuropsychological evaluation that utilizes standardized instruments during the assessment, a psychiatric evaluation utilizes clinical interview and integrates findings from the interview with the history obtained and the prior educational and psychological evaluations that have been performed. 

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Speech and Language Evaluation

Speech and Language Evaluations are available as a stand-alone assessment or can be conducted in combination with Neuropsychological Evaluation.  

 

Evaluations can focus on speech, language, and social communication. Deficits within speech would include areas such as, apraxia, dysarthria, phonological processing and articulation. Evaluations targeting language and social communication would include areas such as pragmatics, following directions, generating stories, making inferences, taking perspectives as well as auditory processing and phonemic awareness. Recommendations for all these areas would include how to incorporate needs into the school environment and recommendations will be made regarding how to move the student forward. 

 

Evaluations are mainly completed in the office; however, with special requests or for special circumstances evaluations can be completed at the school.  Referrals for Speech and Language Evaluations are accepted from school districts, parents, and/or community providers. 

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Integrated Neuropsychological and Psychiatric Evaluation (IPNE)

The IPNE is a multi-disciplinary evaluation that combines Neuropsychological and Psychiatric evaluations.  This option is most appropriate for students with more complex needs and students struggling with combined neurodevelopmental challenges and emotional/mental health concerns.  After each of the evaluations is conducted, the neuropsychologist and psychiatrist then collaborate in order to provide an integrated formulation of the findings and to generate comprehensive recommendations for intervention both in the child's school as well as in the community.  Referrals for IPNE's are accepted from school districts, parents, and/or community providers.

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Medication Consultation and Management

Dr. Ripepi is available through CTPNA to provide medication consultation and management for children who have undergone neuropsychological evaluation and/or school-based psychiatric evaluation through CTPNA.  This service is only available to students who have been evaluated at CTPNA.

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Special Education Consultation

CTPNA is pleased to offer a new Special Education Consultation Service.  This service will have two different components, a Parent Support option and a  PPT Facilitation and Collaborative Mediation option.

 

Parent Support

 

  • Navigating the world of Special Education can be confusing and overwhelming.  The goal of our Special Education Consultation Service is to provide expert support to parents who may be struggling with this process. This can include providing understandable information about how students qualify for services, how the IEP is created, and how goals and objectives in the IEP are formulated. 

  • Some parents may be unsure as to whether their child’s current IEP is meeting their child’s needs and/or whether their child is making expected progress in response to intervention.  Our service can provide input about these questions as well as input regarding strategies to address issues that may arise which may be interfering with their child’s progress.  

  • Parents can also receive coaching on how to effectively advocate for their child’s needs while maintaining a positive working relationship with their educational team.

  • Additionally, some parents may be unsure if any additional evaluations are needed to clarify the nature of their child’s disability in order to inform best practices for intervention.  Consultation can include exploration of what still needs to be understood about the student, how to frame remaining questions in a specific way, and suggestions can be provided in regard to what type of evaluation would most effectively answer these questions.

 

PPT Facilitation and Collaborative Mediation 

 

  • Special Education Consultation can provide parents and educational teams with an option for unique, non-binding, collaborative facilitation/mediation service as an alternative to the use of an advocate or educational attorney, with the goal of coming to an agreement on a child’s educational program that maintains a positive, fair, and non-adversarial approach to the process. 

 

Consultation will be provided by Jeff Forman, MSW, who comes to CTPNA with 47 years of experience in public and private special education settings and a wealth of practical knowledge regarding the programming and processes of Special Education in Connecticut. His professional experience has included 21 years in the Hartford Schools as the Director of Social Work Services and the Senior Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools.  He then went on to work as a Bureau Consultant for the State Department of Education where he was responsible for mediations and creating the statewide IEP.  Jeff has also served as the Director of Pupil Services in Windham, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Intensive Education Academy in West Hartford. 

Review the article below to learn more about the evaluation process, insurance, billing etc.

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