When a traumatic childhood combines with learning disabilities, there is an added layer of complexity that we can help uncover through assessments for learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, ADHD, and autism. We can also help by reviewing school or special education records.
Autism is especially pertinent at this period in time, most notably for adult clients functioning higher on the spectrum. It can be hard to recognize, and it may have been missed (or misdiagnosed) in childhood. Autism is pervasive and affects all areas of one's life. Although no two individuals are alike, autistic individuals do have specific learning styles and needs. If not addressed properly, this can limit progress in communication, social behaviors, decision-making, regulating emotions, and/or impulsive behaviors. Forensic considerations include understanding Miranda rights and other communication, effectively assisting counsel in their defense, self-advocating, understanding implications, testifying in court, and future dangerousness.
Available In-Person Assessments:
· ADOS-2: Autism assessment
· WAIS-4: IQ test for adults
· WISC-5: IQ test for children and teens
· WIAT-4: Achievement test for adults up to age 50
· TOMM: Test of Memory Malingering
· D-KEFS: A nationally standardized test of executive function that can identify deficits in abstract, creative thinking
· CVLT-3: Assessment of verbal learning and memory deficits in adults
· PPVT-5: A measure of receptive vocabulary based on Standard American English
· EVT-3: A measure of expressive vocabulary based on Standard American English
· RBANS: Brief test measuring attention, language, visuospatial abilities, and immediate and delayed memory
· WMS-4: An assessment of memory in adults
· CTONI-2: A test of nonverbal intelligence, helpful for individuals with low verbal skills/difficulty verbalizing their thoughts. The examinee looks at pictures and points to their responses and does not need to speak. This can be used in place of a traditional IQ test when needed.
Available Rating Scales (self-reports and observer reports available):
· ABAS-3: A measure of adaptive behaviors
· SRS-2: Autism rating scale, correlates with the DSM-5
· SPM-2: Sensory processing (helpful in autism)
· BRIEF-2: Executive function
· CAARS: Assesses ADHD symptoms in adults, correlates with the DSM-5
· ASEBA: Assesses competencies, strengths, adaptive functioning, & behavioral, emotional, and social problems
We use the most current, reliable, and widely recognized assessments to assist in a thorough psychoeducational evaluation of your client so that disabilities and current levels of functioning may be identified.
We also offer expert testimony as needed. Ms. Griffith has been qualified as an expert in Autism Spectrum Disorder in the State of Texas and has contributed to capital cases in Texas and Oklahoma for individuals with autism, cognitive disabilities, brain injury, and learning disabilities.