SANDBOX THERAPY GROUP OFFERS
Mental Health Assessment
At Sandbox Therapy Group, our assessment process is designed to be as adaptable and nurturing as the environment of a sandbox. We offer both brief and comprehensive evaluations to understand an individual’s mental health across various stages of life, from toddlers to adults. Our expertise covers a wide range of areas, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and other mental health conditions. We are neurodivergent affirming in all our asssessments.
Discover. Decipher. Develop. Decide.
Our journey begins with gathering background information to pinpoint the specific questions and concerns that bring you to us. This initial step guides the selection of appropriate tests, ensuring that our assessment is tailored to your unique needs.
Following the testing phase, we meticulously analyze the results, compiling a detailed report. This report includes not only our findings but also personalized feedback and recommendations for future steps. We are committed to supporting you beyond the assessment, assisting in the implementation of these steps and ensuring continuity of care, which is a cornerstone of our practice.
Reflecting our mission to provide a person-centered, flexible approach, this entire process, from the first meeting to the final feedback, typically spans 4-8 weeks. Our goal is to create a space where understanding your mental health becomes a collaborative, supportive, and enlightening journey.
A SAMPLE OF OUR ASSESSMENTS &
While an evaluation can seem overwhelming and costly, please know we can help explain what is involved and walk you through our options to help you feel supported as well as be able to make an informed decision that (hopefully) does not feel burdensome. Some of the evaluations we provide are listed below, this list is not exhaustive; please reach out if you have an evaluation you need but do not see on this list.
Developmental Lagging Skills:
This assessment focuses on identifying developmental lagging skills in children and adults. Recognizing the spectrum of neurodiversity, it evaluates areas where an individual may experience delays in cognitive, social, or emotional development compared to typical developmental milestones. The goal is to understand these variations not as deficiencies, but as unique aspects of an individual’s neurodivergent journey, providing insights for tailored support and intervention strategies.
Dual Diagnosis (OCD and ADHD)
The dual diagnosis assessment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) acknowledges the complexity of neurodivergent experiences. It evaluates the distinct yet sometimes overlapping symptoms of OCD and ADHD, focusing on the individual’s unique cognitive and behavioral patterns. This approach respects the neurodiversity of each person, aiming to offer comprehensive support that embraces their full neurological profile.
Assessments for intellectual delays are focused on understanding diverse cognitive functioning levels within the neurodiversity paradigm. Recognizing that traditional measures of intelligence may not fully capture an individual’s unique neurodivergent capabilities, this assessment aims to identify areas of strength and challenge in cognitive development. It offers a compassionate approach to understanding intellectual differences, guiding supportive strategies that honor each person’s unique neurological makeup.
Pervasive Drive for Autonomy (Pathological Demand Avoidance - PDA)
The assessment for the pervasive drive for autonomy, often referred to as Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) within neurodivergent populations, focuses on understanding the unique ways individuals may resist everyday demands and expectations. It respects the individual’s need for autonomy and self-directed behavior, acknowledging these traits as part of their neurodiverse profile rather than pathologizing them, and seeks to provide strategies for effective support and engagement.
This assessment examines patterns of internet and media overuse, particularly in the context of neurodivergent individuals who may engage with digital media differently. Understanding that neurodiverse individuals may have unique interactions with technology, this evaluation seeks to identify balanced usage patterns that support mental health and well-being, acknowledging the role of digital media in modern life.
Mood Differences (Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Bipolar)
Our assessment for mood differences, including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and bipolar disorder, is conducted with an appreciation for the neurodiverse spectrum. We recognize that neurodivergent individuals may experience and express mood variations uniquely. This assessment aims to understand these experiences within the context of the individual’s overall neurological profile, providing insights for tailored support that respects their neurodivergence.
Neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, 2E/Gifted, OCD)
In our neurodiversity assessment, which includes conditions like ADHD, Autism, twice-exceptional/giftedness, and OCD, we embrace a neuro-affirmative approach. This evaluation recognizes the strengths and challenges of neurodivergent individuals, aiming to identify and nurture their unique talents while providing support in areas of difficulty. We focus on understanding each person’s distinct neurological makeup as a valuable and intrinsic part of their identity.
School Challenges (Expulsions, IEP, IEE, Mental Health)
Assessing school challenges involves understanding the complex interplay between a student’s neurodivergent profile and their educational environment. Whether it’s related to expulsions, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE), or general mental health, our focus is on recognizing the student’s unique learning and behavioral needs, guiding families and educators in creating supportive and inclusive educational strategies.
In addressing suicidal ideation and self-harm, our assessment takes into consideration the heightened sensitivity and unique emotional experiences often found in neurodivergent individuals. We aim to understand the underlying causes and triggers of these behaviors, offering a compassionate, neuro-affirmative approach to support and intervention that respects the individual’s neurological and emotional context.
Trauma (Complex PTSD)
Our assessment for Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is designed with an awareness of how neurodivergent individuals might uniquely experience and process trauma. We focus on understanding the depth and nuances of their traumatic experiences, offering support that acknowledges the complexity of their neurodiverse brains and their specific ways of interacting with the world.
In guardianship and conservatorship evaluations, we consider the unique needs and capabilities of neurodivergent individuals. Our assessment aims to determine the most supportive and empowering arrangements, respecting the individual’s autonomy and need for support in a manner that aligns with their neurodiverse characteristics.
Emotional Support Animal Letters (ESA Letters & ESA Evaluations)
The evaluations for Emotional Support Animal Letters and ESA Evaluations are conducted with a deep understanding of the unique emotional needs of neurodivergent individuals. We assess the therapeutic benefits of an ESA in supporting the individual’s mental health, considering the special bond and comfort that these animals can provide. This process is tailored to respect and enhance the well-being of neurodiverse individuals, acknowledging the significant role of ESAs in their emotional support system.
Mental Health Evaluation & Consultations for Military Entrance Applicants
Our mental health evaluations and consultations for military entrance applicants are designed with an inclusive approach that respects neurodiversity. We assess the individual’s mental health status, considering how their neurodivergent traits may interact with the unique demands of military service. Our goal is to provide comprehensive insights that support both the individual’s well-being and their aspirations.
Medical Leaves of Absence
In assessments for medical leaves of absence, we take into account the specific mental health needs of neurodivergent individuals. These evaluations are aimed at understanding the impact of their neurodiverse traits on their work or educational environment, ensuring that recommendations for leave are supportive of their mental health and conducive to their unique way of processing and experiencing the world.
Comprehensive and Brief Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing (Evaluation & Assessment)
Our comprehensive and brief psychological and neuropsychological evaluations are conducted with a focus on highlighting the diverse cognitive and emotional profiles inherent in neurodiversity. These assessments are designed to identify the strengths and challenges unique to neurodivergent individuals, providing valuable insights for personalized care and support strategies.
IQ Testing (such as for highly capable/gifted programs)
IQ testing, especially for identifying highly capable or gifted individuals, is approached with an understanding of the wide range of intellectual expressions within the neurodiverse community. We aim to uncover the unique cognitive abilities of neurodivergent individuals, recognizing that traditional measures of intelligence may not fully capture their exceptional talents or ways of thinking.
Emergency Expulsion Mental Health Assessments
In emergency expulsion mental health assessments, our focus is on understanding the specific behavioral and emotional needs of neurodivergent students. These evaluations aim to identify the underlying factors contributing to the situation, offering insights and recommendations that are respectful of the student’s neurodiverse profile and geared towards finding supportive and effective solutions.
Learning Differences Testing (LD) – Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, & Dyscalculia
Learning Differences Testing, including assessments for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia, is conducted with a recognition of the unique learning styles and challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals. Our goal is to identify specific areas of difficulty and strength, providing a comprehensive understanding that respects and supports the diverse learning needs of each individual.
Independent Education Evaluations (IEE)
Independent Education Evaluations are tailored to understand the educational needs of neurodivergent students within their specific learning environments. We assess various aspects of their academic and behavioral functioning, with a focus on crafting recommendations that support their unique learning profile and promote an inclusive, supportive educational experience.