Cindy G. LaCost, Psy.D., Psychoeducational and Psychological Assessment

Areas of Speciality

My training and experience incorporates strength-based psychoeducational, psychological and accommodations testing of children, adolescents, and young adults in the following areas:

  • executive function (i.e. attention, memory, initiative, inhibition, planning, organization, problem-solving, cognitive flexibility)
  • processing (i.e. sensory, auditory, visual-perceptual, visual-motor, visual-spatial)
  • cognition (i.e. intelligence, cognitive fluency)
  • learning (i.e. oral, written, and pragmatic expressive and receptive language, math, reading)
  • social development (i.e. friendships, interpersonal relationships, social perception, social development)
  • behavioral adjustment (i.e. degree of compliant, age-appropriate, socially acceptable behavior)
  • emotional adjustment (i.e. self-regulation, emotional expression, self-concept, mood, anxiety, personality)

 

Some of the diagnoses I commonly identify through the assessment process are:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (e.g. Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
  • Learning Disorders  (e.g. Math, Written Expression, Reading, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Processing Speed Disorder)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Mental Retardation
  • Giftedness
  • Language Disorders (e.g. Expressive and/or Receptive Language Disorder, Phonological Disorder)
  • Disorders of Social Behavior (e.g. Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder)
  • Anxiety Disorders (e.g. Separation Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Mood Disorders (e.g. Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Adjustment Disorders (e.g. grief)