Canyon Behavioral Health
Nancy Dyer, PhD, Licensed PsychologistNancy Dyer, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Nancy Dyer is a licensed clinical psychologist providing diagnostic and neuropsychological testing and child, adult and adolescent psychotherapy.

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Families, Child and Adult ADD and ADHD Testing

Locations: Main (Westminster) offices

Email: nancydyer@canyonbehavioral.com

Contact for Scheduling: 303-430-4010 ext. 10

Messages: 303-333-3001

 

Why is Psycho-educational Testing of Children Necessary?

Testing provides a thorough understanding of the reasons behind your child's struggles in school. Numerous children who are smart still have trouble in school due to underlying learning differences, attention problems (ADHD/ADD) or both. Neither of these conditions are related to intelligence but they often make bright children and adolescents feel stupid or inferior because they hinder performance in many areas of school.

Research has shown that as many as 30% of children with attentional problems also have learning differences. Treatment with medication can improve their attention but may not completely address underlying learning issues. Children with unrecognized learning differences (such as dyslexia) can also act like they have ADHD/ADD in the classroom, but really do not. Often, these children express their feelings of frustration or anxiety about schoolwork by bothering others, fidgeting, acting "silly", gazing at the walls, or leaving assignments unfinished. Treatment for ADHD/ADD would not be effective in these cases.

If you think that your child may have a learning difference, an attentional problem, or both, psycho-educational testing can provide information you and your child's school need to make your child's educational experience more productive and positive. Using a well researched set of tests (many of which are not used in most in- school testing) , your child's learning potential, information processing abilities, attentional capacity, and current level of academic achievement will all be determined. You will also be given specific recommendations to help your child achieve to his or her true potential and to reduce the stress of schoolwork.

Diagnostic testing for learning differences and ADHD is available through Dr. Nancy Dyer. Testing is completely confidential and shared only with others at the parents' request. Testing is available for children ages 6 through 12 and adolescents ages 13 through 21. Testing is covered by many insurance plans (check with your health insurance carrier).

 

Why is Psycho-educational Testing of Adults Necessary?

Testing provides a thorough understanding of the reasons behind your struggles in life. Numerous adults who are smart still have trouble in school or at work due to underlying learning differences, attention problems (ADHD/ADD) or both. Neither of these conditions are related to intelligence but they often make bright adults feel stupid or inferior because they hinder performance in many areas of life

ADD (Attention-deficit disorder) and ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) have received considerable attention in the media. Historically, ADD/ADHD were considered to be primarily childhood conditions. However, recent data suggest that symptoms of ADD/ADHD continue into adulthood in up to 50 percent of persons with childhood ADD/ADHD.

Many people who think they have ADD/ADHD are influenced by the popular press. Studies of self-referral suggest that only one third to one half of adults who believe they have ADD/ADHD actually meet formal diagnostic criteria. While family physicians are knowledgeable about childhood ADD/ADHD, there is a noticeable absence of guidelines for primary care evaluation and treatment of adults with symptoms of the disorder. Diagnostic testing by a clinical psychologist is the best way to establish if an adult has ADD or ADHD.

Another area of concern for many adults is Dyslexia. It is estimated that about 15% of the population have significant dyslexic difficulties, and many adults are not in fact aware of the nature of their problems. Many people think of dyslexia as a reading problem and since many adult dyslexics have acquired some reading competence over the years, it may not occur to them that they are dyslexic. All too often they regard themselves as simply being 'dumb'. Identifying the underlying cause is the first step toward improving things.

Diagnostic testing for learning differences and ADHD is available through Dr. Nancy Dyer. Testing is completely confidential and shared only with others at the patient's request. Testing is covered by many insurance plans (check with your health insurance carrier).