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Our goal is to schedule your child for a comprehensive evaluation within 30 days of your contacting our office.  While this may sound like a long time, we are aware that the major university-based programs are routinely giving 12-15 month waiting list times to parents.  We are the only location in Georgia where you can obtain a psychological evaluation for eligibility and diagnostic purposes from a licensed psychologist and a comprehensive behavioral evaluation (FBA, ABLLS, etc.) from a board certified person on staff. Our staff are trained in both traditional psychometric assessment procedures and behavioral functional assessment techniques as specified under IDEA.  Which is why we founded the ASAP evaluation program for Autism Spectrum Disorders to provide comprehensive and integrated evaluations for children and adolescents suspected of being in the Autism Spectrum.

In addition to our expertise providing psychological and behavioral evaluations for ASDs, our consultants have experience in both mental health and mental retardation assessment with in-patients and out-patients, including forensic cases in schools, as out-patients, and in medical centers.  Dr. R. Montgomery also has extensive experience in performing Court ordered forensic evaluations on school-age children and adolescents. He has also taught courses on assessment and has supervised doctoral practica in clinical and behavioral evaluation and assessment.  Dr. C. Montgomery has experience and training in performing neuropsychological assessments in both in-patient and out-patient settings.  

Behavioral Assessments
The ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills) is a highly sought after evaluation for children with suspected deficits in language, social skills, and self-care skills.  This behavioral assessment reviews skills across 25 skill areas in great detail and when conducted by a skilled and trained behavior analyst results in specific and detailed recommendations for program and IEP goals.  As previously noted, IDEA specifies that under certain circumstances schools are obligated to perform a Functional Behavioral Assessment on target behaviors of special education students.  We have been performing Functional Behavioral Assessments long enough that we doing them before the term was coined!   The essential components of such an assessment are direct observation of the behaviors and an underlying expertise in the principles of applied behavior analysis.   Many of the initial steps in performing an FBA can be directed by a knowledgeable professional using staff as the key data gatherers.  It has been our experience that some agencies are attempting to perform FBAs with personnel who are unfamiliar with the process and underlying technology of applied behavior analysis.  While FBAs may appear simple, they are not and those untrained in the technology are often unaware that they are not meeting the established professional standards in this area.

In addition to offering ABLLS and Functional Behavioral Assessments on the needs of specific individuals, we offer training and workshops to develop the skills necessary for staff to implement the technology and meet current professional standards.

Traditional Psychometric Assessment
Your staff are equipped to address a wide array of assessment questions and do so at a high professional standard on a routine basis for you and your agency.  However, with the increase in severe emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric profiles routinely being seen it is becoming more common for traditionally trained  psychologists to ask for technical assistance with these very difficult evaluations.  Our staff includes  traditionally trained clinical psychologists with experience serving children and adolescents with severe clinical and behavioral disorders.  This training typically includes exposure to evaluations in medical, school, and private practice settings.   All evaluations are directed by a licensed psychologist who has actively participated in the assessment process or performed all assessments directly.

Forensic Evaluations
All too often today individuals with significant behavioral, clinical, or developmental needs are involved with the Courts.  There are times when your agency may be a part of the forensic referral process.  In those instances it is often the case that the judge or hearing officer will request a formal assessment of the student prior to a determination.  Forensic evaluations are a potentially contentious area where specific expertise is often a prerequisite to performing any evaluation that will withstand the adversarial process of the Courts.  Dr. R. Montgomery has performed forensic assessments for use in Juvenile and Superior Courts on questions of capacity, emotional and cognitive state, potential for harm to self or other, and future treatment/school needs.

Contact Dr. Robert Montgomery to arrange for an evaluation.

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