Diagnostic and formal assessments
Dr. Araujo has extensive experience in the neuropsychological assessment of developmental, learning, emotional and behavioral problems of individuals ages 2 years to early adulthood. This includes differential diagnosis of developmental disorders as well as ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression and other conditions. Treatment recommendations address educational considerations, therapy and family-based interventions.
Assessments typically include a clinical interview with the caregiver(s), observation of the child, psychological testing and a feedback session with the parents. Formal testing may include measures of the following:
Learning and memory
Personality and emotional functioning
Psychological evaluation can assist with a determination of a specific disability, eligibility requirements for gifted/advanced learning programs, accommodations for testing and/or other services/programs which may be appropriate.
Dr. Araujo also specializes in comprehensive evaluation for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. This experience, along with experience and collaboration with schools and other providers, can ensure an evaluation will adequately address educational and treatment planning.
Additionally, Dr. Araujo speaks Spanish fluently and can conduct psychological testing and therapy in Spanish.
Psychotherapy and consultation
Dr. Araujo can provide consultation to assist with determining appropriate educational and treatment recommendations. Typically, this begins with a comprehension interview and examination to determine appropriate treatment plan. It may or may not include ongoing therapy to address specific treatment goals.
Individual and family-based psychotherapy is also provided to children and adolescents for a variety of mental health issues. Elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and other cognitive-based strategies are utilized based upon the age and cognitive ability of the individual. Behavioral management, including parent education and support for behavior interventions is also supplemented as needed.
School-based consultation can also be provided to assist with educational planning and interventions. This can be helpful subsequent to a formal evaluation which includes cognitive and/or academic testing. However, can also be provided for current therapy clients to assist with integration of therapy goals with other school-based interventions as appropriate.