Barbara Hoskins and Associates
 

Attentional Assessments

Who administers the testing and what are their credentials?
  Our assessments are done by Dr. Barbara Hoskins in collaboration with our clinical psychologists, Dr. Laura Nouguier and Dr. David Hickel. Both Dr. Nouguier and Dr. Hickel have a great deal of experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adults with challenges in the areas of learning, attention/executive functioning, and social-emotional functioning.

Dr. Hoskins specialized in psychoeducational testing during her doctorate at Northwestern University. She brings over twenty years of experience to her work. She personally conducts the intake interviews and administers the testing of processing and academic skills. Her specialties are assessing, planning for, and working with children, adolescents, and adults with learning disorders (including: dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia), language disorders, attention deficits, difficulties with executive functioning, and behavioral issues.

Our testing provides an in-depth understanding of each individual's strengths and challenges, which allows us to develop personalized strategies to support each learner in being successful.

Do interns do the testing?
  We do not use interns to do our testing. We personally observe our clients during the testing process and bring our experience to the table when we problem-solve to meet their needs.

What is the difference between psychoeducational testing and neuropsychological testing?
  Psychoeducational testing focuses on understanding how a person learns, including his or her strengths and challenges. We assess a range of intellectual abilities, processing strengths, weaknesses, and academic skills. Our psychoeducational testing provides a thorough item analysis of academic skills so that we can make specific recommendations that will guide effective teaching.

Our neuropsychological testing is designed to assess specific neurological abilities, such as attention and executive functioning. We use multiple measures to understand how a person uses his or her attention to orient, maintain focus, and plan.

What makes your assessment process different?
 
We bring a great deal of experience to the assessment process.

We recognize that assessments are not simply a matter of administering a battery of tests and reporting on scores. Rather, it is a process of carefully observing and getting to know each person's abilities, challenges, motivations, and reactions, so that we can develop strategies that support him or her in experiencing success.
We come highly recommended.

We are recommended by pediatricians, schools, psychologists and psychiatrists. Most of our referrals come from clients who have told their friends and family members about our work.
Our assessment process is designed to be a positive experience.

We see assessment as a therapeutic process during which a client feels respected, known, and empowered to take new actions. During the initial interview process, the client is supported in identifying his or her concerns, strengths, and challenges, and is guided to take the lead in explaining what has worked and not worked throughout his or her life.

During the testing process, clients are provided with encouragement and authentic positive feedback. They are seen as respected participants in the process of better understanding their learning.

After the testing is complete, clients and their families participate in a verbal feedback session before the written report is finalized. They have an opportunity to hear what we have found, ask questions, and provide their own feedback about our findings. Clients then participate in the plan that is developed. Most clients experience significant improvements in their self-esteem and academic performance during or soon after the assessment process.
We provide follow-up.

Dr. Hoskins and the rest of the team of specialists are available to provide follow-up support, specialized instruction and academic coaching, as well as school consultations as needed.

We are committed to taking care of our clients and supporting their families and schools in working together so that they can experience success. Following the assessment process, we stay involved to see the turnaround in their lives.

Will it have a negative effect on his/her self-esteem?
  Clients report that they feel better about themselves. They no longer feel blamed for their challenges. They and their families usually feel relieved and empowered to take the appropriate next steps.

What follow-up services do you offer?
  We believe in, not only assessing people, but most importantly, supporting them in being successful. That is why we have developed an outstanding team of professionals to provide follow-up support.

This may include:

School meetings
Educational therapy
Specialized academic support in reading, writing, and mathematics
Support in strengthening executive functioning, including time management, project planning, and study strategies

Can I make an appointment for a consultation only?
  Yes, you can schedule an initial consultation, which includes a thorough review of the client's history and suggestions for next steps. People find the initial consultation to be very helpful.

Can I just come for educational therapy or specialized academic support?
  Yes, if you have a recent evaluation that provides a clear picture of the individual's processing strengths, challenges, as well as an analysis of his or her academic and cognitive abilities, we can design a follow-up plan for you. We will select one of our specialists to provide focused academic support for reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as strategies to improve executive functioning.

Do you accept credit cards?
  We do accept MasterCard,Visa, and Discover credit cards for payment.

When is payment due?
  Payment is made at the time of each visit or on a monthly basis for clients who are seen for weekly educational therapy. For assessments, an initial payment is made at the first visit and the balance is paid at the feedback session.
 

595 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 508, Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: 626-683-1717 Fax: 626-796-8754
BHAssoc@yahoo.com