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What makes ACHIEVE Unique?

ACHIEVE is unique in that our practitioners are experts in both psychology AND education. While many area psychologists and therapists specialize in identifying and/or treating specific psychological conditions, we also fully comprehend and are able to address psychological difficulties from an educational lens. All of our practitioners have experience working in local public schools districts, so we also have a unique "insider" point-of-view.

Another way that ACHIEVE is unique is that we aim to be a "one-stop-shop." We begin with an intake meeting to determine the client's concerns, then if determined appropriate, complete a full psychological and educational evaluation. While most area psychologists provide evaluations and send you on your way with a report, we aim to not only identify the problem, but also to provide the interventions necessary to address the problem in-house after the evaluation has been completed. No more running around to 10 different specialists to address your student's needs!

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What conditions do ACHIEVE practitioners have experience working with?

You name the condition, and we have probably worked with students who have it! Our practitioners have worked with thousands of students in the area and throughout the U.S. The most common conditions we see and work with are ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Depression, and Learning Disabilities, but we have experience with many other conditions as well. Some other conditions we can identify and treat include, but are not limited to: Behavioral Issues, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Developmental Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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Are there any conditions ACHIEVE does NOT treat?

At this time, we do not provide crisis intervention services, do not provide treatment for acute trauma, and do not identify or treat eating disorders. We are able to  work with students who have a diagnosis or history of PTSD, but are not certified trauma counselors. Please check out the options on our Resources page if you are seeking treatment for these conditions.
 

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Do you complete Independent Educational Evaluations?

YES!!!!!!

An Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) is a comprehensive psychological and academic evaluation completed by a qualified person who is not employed by the school district. You may wish to pursue this option if: you disagree with the district's most recent special education evaluation of your child; the school district conducted an initial evaluation or re-evaluation but did not fully identify all areas that need to be evaluated and you disagree with the evaluation; or the school district has denied your child special education eligibility or a necessary service or support based on the recommendations of a poorly-done school district assessment. You can request an IEE for any assessment the school district has already conducted if you disagree with that assessment. It can include psychological/academic assessment, assistive technology assessment, speech/language assessment, or transition assessment.

How to Request an IEE
1. Send a written request for an IEE at Public Expense
Write an email or letter to your district's Special Education Director or Case Manager stating you disagree with the district's evaluation and are requesting an IEE at public expense. After it receives your letter, the school district may ask you to explain why you disagree with its assessment. You do not have to give any reasons for your disagreement to the school district. Also, the school district cannot use your refusal as an excuse for delaying its response to your request.

2. Wait for a response
The school district must respond "without unnecessary delay" - generally 15 school days is acceptable. School districts typically agree to the IEE to avoid taking parents to due process. They may suggest certain providers, but you may choose any providers you wish. If you do not receive a response, you may write them again indicating you understand their lack of response to mean they agree to the IEE and pursue it on your own accord.