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1237 E. Livingston Street, Suite B

Orlando, FL 32803-5401

Ph: 407-895-0540 ~ Fax: (407) 228-9771

Licenses:  SS00305 ~ MH02676 ~ PCE-9

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Notice:  Leave of Absence Closure

Dr. Messenger will be starting  A Leave of Absence as of Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 for an unspecified time.  Assessments and consultation can be scheduled until then.  The website will remain available for educational purposes, until the office is reopened.

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:

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Dysgraphia (Learning Disability in writing)
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Home Conflict (e.g., divorce or death in the family)
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Developmental Delay
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Language Problems (following directions)

Good grief!  Where is a parent to start?  













The Intervention Consultation offers professional insight at an affordable price.


Sessions typically take an entire morning or afternoon and are tailor-made for each individual and each family.  A typical consultation follows a general pattern, which can be reviewed here:  What to Expect.


Despite the diversity of issues that may be addressed, all parents will receive the following:



With all interventions, parents are involved in the process so they can better understand their child and implement strategies at home.  Strong emphasis is upon applying what is learned in the Intervention Consultation to everyday life–at home and at school.  At Brighter Pathways, our goal is to make sure you leave happy that you decided to trust us with your child.





*Reports

ALL Intervention Consultation (IC) sessions yield a packet of comprehensive data, including observations, test scores and interpretations, conclusions and diagnoses.  Not all ICs yield a formal typed report, however. In Dr. Messenger’s experience, one of the main reasons formal psycho-educational evaluations are so expensive is the component of dictating, typing, proofing, correcting, re-reading, amending, etc., lengthy typed reports. After years (decades!) of doing conventional assessment this way, Dr. M. has found that most parents and school personnel simply want clear-cut answers regarding a child’s status and needs.

Having said that, in the cases of a Cognitive/Gifted Evaluation or an Early Childhood Evaluation a formal typed report is provided. This is because programs such as Gifted  are considered Exceptional Student Education (ESE), and initiation of Individual Educational Program (IEP) at public schools is required for placement.  Depending on the goal and how time is spent in the IC session, a typed report may or may not be deemed necessary.  If so, it is usually for the use of external parties, such school personnel, in order to delineate specific recommendations.  In some cases, the IC time is better spent discussing other variables, such as behavioral/emotional adjustment and helpful at-home strategies.