About Dr. Wetherby
Having practiced for over 25 years, Dr. Wetherby has conducted neuropsychological evaluations and written educational recommendations for countless children. She has always been known for writing useable reports with functional recommendations, in addition to helping solve unclear diagnostic situations. Her Orlando practice has been located in the Metrowest area for 11 years and she recently opened a practice in Saratoga, CA.
Reasons parents seek neuropsychological evaluations for their children:
Below are issues frequently experienced by children who receive neuropsychological evaluation:
- Educational/Learning problems
- Verbal and/or Visual Memory
- Not achieving up to potential
Who should be evaluated?
Parents may question whether or not their child has ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or the reason that their child is not achieving up to his or her potential. Sometimes, children are having cognitive and educational issues due to a known problem, like a concussion or head injury, brain surgery, seizure disorder, chemotherapy, or developmental delay. Dr. Wetherby conducts neuropsychological evaluations to find the specific problems, such as what aspect of memory, attention/concentration, or learning may have been affected, and writes recommendations she develops from the child’s testing results. These recommendations can then be used as educational accommodations in a 504 Plan or IEP in the school for additional help, if need be.
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Areas often evaluated during a neuropsychological evaluation:
- Verbal Memory
- Visual Memory
- Right left brain differences
- And more
Recommendations developed from testing:
In regard to writing accommodations from testing, recommendations can be used not only for in class accommodations for schoolwork and homework, but also for standardized educational “high stakes” testing that the school conducts. Dr. Wetherby also writes accommodations for the ACT and SAT college entrance exam tests.
Gifted and high achieving children:
Sometimes, parents want to map their their gifted child’s strengths and weaknesses. No matter the situation, the goal is to help every child reach his or her potential. Knowing a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses from neuropsychological testing can be invaluable.
Dr. Wetherby evaluates patients from pre-k through college.
Other professional activities:
In regard to additional professional background, Dr. Wetherby has served as an expert witness in high profile criminal cases, including a school shooting case, and has helped write juvenile law. She has also presented to multiple professional organizations such as the National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association, and American Psychology Law Society. She is the co-founder of the educational website IEPAcademy.com, which helps parents learn how to receive accommodations and support for their children in school – including information for advocating, accommodating, and strategizing – for academics, behavior, anxiety, and more.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
Dr. Wetherby’s philosophy:
Having had Rheumatoid since age 12, Dr. Wetherby relates to children with differences, and is passionate about helping them. She believes in educating parents so that they truly understand the results of their child’s neuropsychological evaluation, and can use the strengths discovered on testing to their child’s best advantage.
Dr. Wetherby urges parents to use her website drwetherby.com as a resource, which she regularly update with blogs and information, as well as her Facebook page. She offers a free initial phone consultation to parents in regard to their child’s particular needs.