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Celebrating Diversity: The Advantages of ASD

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we want to take advantage of April to talk a little bit more about this common condition.  Today, it’s the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States, with 1 in 68 children newly diagnosed each year.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) carries a host of different symptoms and expressions,


Educational Testing

It seems like every year, students are taking more and more tests.  Between the everyday exams and quizzes created by teachers to test students’ knowledge in specific subjects, and the standardized assessments required at both state and federal levels, education is visibly becoming more test-centric.  As a parent, these changes can be worrisome.  Naturally, you


Helping Other With Mental Illness

If the odds for experiencing mental illness personally are hovering around 20%, what’s the likelihood of simply knowing someone affected by it?  The fact is that each generation appears to become more and more likely to suffer from a mental health issue.  Thus, the children of today are especially prone to experience this epidemic—either directly


Answers to the Top 10 Questions People Have About Psychological Testing By Dr. Alison Bomba

1. Question: What is psychological testing? Answer: Psychological testing measures a person’s cognitive and/or emotional functioning through a combination of interviews, standardized testing, and observation of behavior. At The Family Center, we tailor the types of tests adminstered to the specific referral question. (i.e., “Does my child have ADHD?” Is there something getting in the


How Do I Tell if My Preschooler Needs an Assessment? By Dr. Nicky Lankerani

The preschool period, between the ages of 2 to 5, can be an exciting time of getting ready to start school, making friends, pretend play, improving coordination, learning to dress and feed yourself, writing your name, using the toilet, and mastering communication skills. At the same time, it is a challenging period of learning to