The first step to treatment is a thorough diagnostic evaluation. This means we start by asking youth and their parents a lot of questions! Additional diagnostic tools may include questionnaires, observations of the child and/or the parent and child together, and school observations if needed. Assessment strategies will vary depending on the age of the child or teen, the nature of the presenting problem, and the family’s requests. We believe in monitoring and evaluating progress as treatment proceeds to ensure we are on the right track.
After our diagnostic evaluation is completed, we will talk with your family about a diagnosis and associated treatment recommendations. We view treatment planning as a highly collaborative process between us, the child or teen, and their caregiver(s). Treatment may be delivered in an individual, parent, or family format. The recommended frequency of sessions will also be discussed as part of the treatment planning process.
Outside of their family, children and teens are often part of many different groups and systems, the most important of which is typically school. We are happy to help consult with your child’s school, but only with your permission. Our involvement can range from observing them in their classroom, talking with their teacher(s), and/or helping to advocate for their needs in school. Additionally, if there are other agencies or individuals you would like for us to consult with while providing your child’s care, we would be happy to discuss these options further with you.
A psychological assessment is a valuable tool for many families to better understand their child’s specific strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Donohue offers testing for diagnosing learning disabilities, special education eligibility, or to clarify diagnoses for the purposes of treatment or educational needs. Each assessment battery will be individually tailored, with specific recommendations offered for the parents, school, and other treatment providers.