Diagnostic and formal assessments
Dr. Araujo has extensive experience in the diagnostic and neuropsychological assessment of developmental, learning, emotional and behavioral problems of individuals ages 2 years to early adulthood. This includes differential diagnosis and treatment recommendations for ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, 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
Dr. Araujo also specializes in comprehensive evaluation for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. This extensive experience with individuals on the autism spectrum (since 2002), and in collaborating with school and other providers, can ensure an evaluation will adequately address educational and treatment planning.
Psychological testing and/or evaluation can assist with a determination of specific disability, eligibility requirements for gifted/advanced learning programs and/or other services/programs which may be appropriate.
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.