Learning Difficulties

Developmental Reading Disorder (Dyslexia) Dyslexia is a developmental disability in reading that results from the brain’s difficulty recognizing and processing certain symbols that are necessary to interpret language. A child’s early reading skills are based on word recognition, which involves the ability to isolate the sounds in words and associate them with specific letters or…

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Educational Accommodations

Sankofa Psychological Services provides neuropsychological testing for students who are not achieving at the expected level or who may be having difficulty functioning within the academic setting for emotional or behavioral reasons. Although these types of evaluations are often offered within the public school setting, more often than not they are not as comprehensive as…

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Child ADHD

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that has a negative effect on one’s ability to stay on task and/or inhibit certain behaviors (response inhibition). Other symptoms include difficulties in listening to instructions, organizing school work, fidgeting, talking excessively, leaving projects, chores, and homework assignments unfinished, and paying adequate attention to details. A neuropsychological…

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Limerence: Attempts at repairing our past relationships in the present

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken” – Albert Camus The term limerence was coined c. 1977 by the psychologist Dorothy Tennov. Limerence is defined as an involuntary state of mind, that results from a strong sexual or intensely emotional attraction to another person, combined with an equally intense and…

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Cognitive Assessments

Cognitive assessments are given to children to determine the impact of intellectual ability, academic skills, behaviors, and cognitive functioning on academic and psychological functioning. The results of the assessment assist in diagnoses and treatment of normal and abnormal developmental, educational, medical, psychiatric, and neuropsychological difficulties. Referrals are commonly made for the following: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder…

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HIDDEN — Emotional and Behavioral Assessments

Parents, teachers, or other health care professionals request emotional and behavioral assessments when a child is struggling in school, at home, or in peer relationships. Emotional and behavioral assessments are also requested by therapists when starting treatment or when treatment has stalled as these assessments help determine the best course of treatment.

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