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Knowledge is the key to unlocking potential and opening doors to success. To get started down the road to a more rewarding life, you need to be able to identify strengths as well as any specific challenges that may stand in your way. Psychological Evaluations give you answers to these questions and serves as your map to be your best.
Many insurance companies and bariatric surgeons now require all patients to undergo a bariatric evaluation prior to going through weight loss surgery. The patient must receive psychological clearance that states that he or she is prepared for surgery and will be able to follow through with the aftercare protocol once the surgery is over. There is so much valuable information that we gain from these evaluations. Dr. Cherwony has specialized in bariatric evaluations and counseling with bariatric patients for over 12 years. Her evaluations consist of a clinical interview and the use of psychological assessment. The evaluation takes approximately 1.5 hours. Once the data is compiled, Dr. Cherwony will meet with you and discuss the results. She will provide you with feedback on how you can be successful for long term weight loss following the surgery. She will provide you with a treatment plan with recommendations so that you can begin your healthy journey for the last time. Dr. Cherwony is then available to you for support of the lifestyle changes once your surgery is over.
Gifted testing is used to evaluate whether a child is intellectually gifted and would benefit from receiving a more rigorous academic program at school. The gifted test measures overall cognitive abilities, that have been found to be related to school performance.
In order to qualify for entrance into a gifted program, the child must meet three criteria:
1. A Full Scale IQ Score of 130 or more on an individually administered test of intellectual functioning, such as Wechsler Intelligence Test for
2. A score of 90 percentile or higher on either the reading or math portion of an individually administered achievement test (which measures
what has been learned), such as
3. Exhibit the majority of characteristics of gifted students on a district checklist. The child’s most recent teacher must complete a checklist of
gifted characteristics demonstrating that child shows a need for a challenging curriculum.
Although parents come in for the gifted evaluation to find out whether or not their child meets criteria for a gifted program, Dr. Cherwony believes that it is important to use the evaluation to gain further insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a child. She will be able to tell parents a child’s particular learning style as well as areas that may be of concern and require early intervention. Dr. Cherwony includes a feedback session with parents to go over results and to help parents decide the most appropriate school placement for a child. Parents are typically overwhelmed with decisions about their child beginning the school years. Dr. Cherwony helps provide you with a profile of your child’s intellectual and academic status and find what is right for your child.
Psychoeducational testing is often referred to as psychological assessment or psychological testing. The purpose of this evaluation is to gain a comprehensive understanding about the way a person learns and to determine an individual’s current level of academic and emotional functioning. These tests are most typically conducted when an individual is struggling in school or is having difficulty with test taking. A Psychoeducational Evaluation is often conducted in order to determine whether a specific learning or other disability (e.g., ADHD, Dyslexia or Nonverbal Learning Disability) may be impacting significantly on a student’s academic performance.
For instance, the presence of a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, or emotional disorder can result in a great deal of academic frustration and inability for a student to perform at his/her level of innate potential. For example, it has been estimated that 15 to 20% of students are learning disabled. A learning disability is diagnosed when assessment results reveal a significant discrepancy (difference) between a student’s scores on achievement tests (in reading, mathematics, and/or written language) and his/her educational expectancy range (based upon age, educational background, and intelligence.)
In addition to determining whether a student has a specific disability that impacts upon learning, plainly stated a Psychoeducational evaluation provides a good indication of how a student learns best (i.e., his/her learning style) as well as individual strengths and weaknesses. This information is then used as a guide for making recommendations about which teaching, remediation, and compensatory strategies will be most effective for a student to succeed. Once the teacher, parent, and student are empowered with this knowledge, they can make adjustments in order to maximize the student’s learning potential.
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Thank you for the consultation and wonderful service. We were very anxious about getting our daughter tested for gifted placement.
Dr. Cherwony, you made our experience an easy and valuable one. As promised, you spent extensive time
with us helping to determine the best school placement for our daughter.
The feedback we were given was worth every penny!
Thanks again. - Marie D
Dr. Cherwony, you have been an angel in my life. When I first met you at my pre-surgical bariatric evaluation, you told me that food was my addiction and to think about what I was trying to hide from. Your words rang true for me after my surgery and then I realized I needed to see you.
I want to thank you deeply for all your compassion and support during my journey to health and wellness. I can't believe how
much you have taught me. - Lindsay C
My only regret was that I waited 2 months before starting to see Dr. Cherwony. I struggled with depression and loads of guilt following the birth of my first child. It was not how I had expected it to be. It was the most devastating time for me. Thank you so much Dr. C for helping me to understand and deal with my PPD and insomnia, and for helping my family to deal better with myself. - SR