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“I have known Dr. DeCandia for almost 20 years, first as a gifted and compassionate student in our doctoral program, and then as a colleague who came back to Antioch several times to share her experiences and knowledge with students. What strikes me is the energy, thoughtfulness, and passion she brings to all her endeavors, from clinical work with children and adolescents, to her focus on trauma, to her inclusion of diversity in every layer of her practice, and to her systemic understanding of, interventions with, and advocacy for homeless children & families. For her exceptional commitment, Antioch honored her with the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award.”

Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D. Professor, Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH

Neurodevelopmental and psychological assessment can be useful to better understand your child’s unique and specific emotional and learning needs.


image1My Approach to Assessment

Every child is unique. Each child has a way they learn best, process emotions, and interact with the world. However, some children struggle with developmental, learning, or emotional issues. Sometimes what looks like a learning disorder in school may actually be related to an underlying clinical issue requiring treatment.

I believe that a quality assessment can identify a child’s unique strengths and uncover underlying issues that may impede learning and development. I do not believe testing is done in isolation. Instead, I work closely with caregivers, teachers, and other providers to tailor the assessment to meet a child’s individual needs.

What is Neurodevelopmental and Psychological Testing?

Assessments typically combine individual interviews and testing with standardized instruments to gather information about a child’s cognitive abilities, developmental functioning, and emotional life.

Testing measures a child’s functioning at a point in time. It is useful when parents, teachers or therapists have questions or concerns about how a child is learning, developing, or functioning. Testing can also help clarify a diagnosis and guide treatment needs.

 Types of Questions Testing Can Answer

Testing and assessment help answer a variety of questions you may have about your child. Examples include:

  • Does my child have a learning disability? What type of schoimage2ol supports does she need?
  • Is my child struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or is there something else going on that is making it difficult for him to concentrate and focus?
  • My 3year old doesn’t seem to be developing as expected. Is he delayed? What can we do to address these concerns?
  • What are my child’s neurological strengths and in what areas does she need support?
  • What is her learning style and how can I best support her unique learning needs?
  • My child seems moody. Is he depressed?
  • My child isn’t progressing in therapy. Why?


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I am currently accepting referrals

To make a referral, schedule an intake, or learn more, please contact:
Strong Roots Counseling
124 Watertown Street, 3G
Watertown, MA 02472
Fax 617-209-1900


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