Neuropsychological testing includes assessments of cognitive, academic, and neuropsychological abilities such as attention, memory, and executive functioning. Social-emotional functioning is also assessed to determine areas of strength and challenge.
Psychoeducational evaluations measure intellect, academic achievement, and behavioral functioning as they impact academic success. This type of testing helps you better understand your child’s strengths and challenges, while providing you with practical recommendations for the home and classroom.
Admissions testing is available for children who are required to take an individually administered test as part of the application process at many independent schools in Northern VA, Maryland, and the Washington D.C. area. Dr. Marin also provides cognitive testing for AAP qualification.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) targets unhelpful thoughts and behavior patterns that cause psychological distress. Through CBT, client’s learn to identify and manage unhelpful thoughts and behaviors leading to greater well-being and functionality. CBT is an effective treatment for children, adolescents, and adults.
SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) is a parent-based treatment program designed to treat child and adolescent anxiety. The SPACE treatment works by helping parents slowly eliminate the accommodations made for their anxious child. SPACE has been found to effectively treat generalized anxiety, OCD, social anxiety, separation anxiety, and phobias.
Child-centered Therapy is a counseling method used to help children communicate their inner experiences through the use of toys and play.
Virtual Therapy is always an option at Marin Psychology, providing needed psychological services for children and teens who prefer to talk with a therapist online and avoid a trip to our office.
For kids who’ve been recently diagnosed with ADHD, let’s help you create systems, stop procrastination, uncover how your brain works best, and more. This coaching is designed to help children create their own systems, this is not a schoolwork accountability program (although I’d be happy to refer you to one!).
Parent coaching allows parents to better understand how to motivate, encourage, and support their child as they learn more about how their brain functions best.
I welcome the opportunity to speak with groups about my areas of expertise. Past talks have included information about:
- How do I know when my child needs testing?
- What does dyslexia look like in a young child?
- How can we help children and teens with anxiety?
- What are the best strategies for maintaining resilience in today’s children and teens?
- How can entrepreneurship be used to boost my child’s self-esteem?
I would be happy to talk with you to further explain the testing or therapy process and determine if I am the right professional to work with your child.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of testing do you offer?
Dr. Marin offers neuropsychological, psychoeducational, attention, and social-emotional testing. She specializes in diagnosing ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Emotional issues, as well as providing guidance for school decisions, academic accommodations, and outside services. In addition, Dr. Marin administers cognitive testing (WPPSI-IV and WISC-V) for entrance to private schools and cognitive testing for AAP appeals.
What are some of the benefits of having your child tested?
Testing can guide school decisions and help generate academic accommodations. By adapting the school environment or curriculum, school can become more rewarding for a child, teen, or college student. It can provide valuable information about your child’s learning style and mental health needs. Dr. Marin can use testing results to make recommendations for any additional assessments or referrals to local professionals. In addition, testing provides a snapshot of where your child is today. This information can be used to guide the efficacy of treatment and measure progress.
How old does a child have to be to undergo testing?
Dr. Marin tests children as young as 3 up to young adult age. Many conditions such as dyslexia or other learning issues benefit from early intervention, and we always advocate addressing concerns rather than adopting a “wait and see” approach.
Do you do all the testing or do other people do parts?
We believe in highly personalized psychological assessment. At Marin Psychology Associates, all testing will be conducted personally by our Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Nancy Marin, Ph.D.
What tests do you typically administer?
Testing batteries are customized for each client, but the following are a list of some common measures administered:
- Behavior Assessment System for Children – Third Edition
- Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration
- Beck Youth Inventory – Second Edition (BYI-2)
- Child Depression Inventory (CDI)
- Conners Continuous Performance Test-3 rd Edition (CPT3)
- Conners 3-Parent Short Form
- Conners 3 – Teacher Short Form
- Conners 3-Self-Rating Short Form
- Comprehensive Test of Phonemic Processing – Second Edition (CTOPP-2)
- Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System
Gray Oral Reading Tests – Fifth Edition (GORT-5)
- Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children – Second Edition (MASC-2)
- Rapid Automatic Naming/Rapid Alternating Stimulus (RAN/RAS)
- Rey Complex Figure Test
- Rotter Incomplete Sentences Test
- VMI Test of Motor Coordination
- VMI Test of Visual Perception
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
- Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning – Second Edition (WRAML-2)
- Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, Form A (WJ-IV)