Our “hybrid” of assessment/intervention has become by far and away the most popular service at Brighter Pathways. The advantages of an Intervention Consultation (IC) are numerous. After reading all the magazines, researching the Internet, and talking to friends and relatives, caregivers can now turn to an experienced professional for advice and tailor-made interventions. Topics may be as diverse as school performance, home discipline, and possible diagnoses, such as ADD/ADHD, processing problems, depression, anxiety, sensory issues and language delay. Sometime parents just want to know: “Is this normal?” and “What can we do differently to help?”
The Intervention Consultation (IC) truly integrates the fields of Psychology, Education, and Counseling. Since assessment is always is a crucial element of an IC, emphasis is upon obtaining clear data regarding levels of a child’s functioning. Parents take home a complete packet which includes specific scores, comparison graphs, recommendations, referrals, interventions, and additional reading material. This information can be shared with other professionals at the parents’ discretion, such as educators and pediatricians.
Accurate assessment is extremely important because seemingly identical symptoms may in fact have vastly different root causes. For example, an elementary student who “does not follow directions” and “ does not complete work” could have problems rooted in many different issues, including, but not limited to:
Language Problems (following directions)
Good grief! Where is a parent to start?