Now is the time to begin to make changes that can positively impact a student’s performance during the school year. Waiting until the school year progresses and the problem resurfaces can be detrimental to the student’s grades and overall achievement.
Laurie Adachi, MA is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and Credentialed School Psychologist. She holds a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology. Mrs. Adachi believes strongly in the importance of collaboration between home, school, and outside resources in helping individuals to reach their potential.
Mrs. Adachi has more than 27 years of experience in her field. She worked for 10 years in the public schools of Santa Clarita as a School Psychologist and has been in private practice for 16 years in Newhall, California. Her experience includes educational assessment and counseling with individuals of all ages. College students and individuals considering a career change can also find assistance in making decisions and moving toward their goal. In addition, she has provided parents and teachers with support regarding learning styles and behavior management techniques. She assists students and their families in accessing educational services to meet special learning needs of all types.
She is available to assist parents in IEP meetings and with developing 504 Accommodation Plans.
Psychoeducational and School Neuropsychological testing is available, as well as, gifted evaluations and school readiness testing. Information is obtained from parents, school records, medical records, observations, and prior test scores as a preliminary step to determining the best course of action. A battery of tests is prescribed based upon the individual’s health history, developmental history, and educational history. Areas of investigation may include intellectual functioning, academic achievement, learning, memory, executive functioning, visuospatial skills, attention, sensorimotor functioning, and social emotional development. Testing is available for all ages, including aging adults that are looking to obtain a baseline of their cognitive functioning in order to serve as a comparison for later years.
Counseling is provided in a comfortable environment to put the client at ease. Some of the concerns that may be worked on in the counseling session are:
- Anxiety reduction; stress management and tools for coping
- College and career decisions
- Education related issues
- Vocational or job related issues
- Improving school and peer relationships
- Social skills development
- Parenting issues
- Behavior problems
Individual sessions are designed to provide the client with cognitive strategies to help them cope and problem solve. Parents are included in the counseling process with their minor children by participating in the end of the session. This is an opportunity for parents to get assistance to support their child and to gain insight as to the coping skills their child is learning.
Laurie Adachi can be reached at 661-255-2688
Please visit her personal website or call to obtain additional information or to schedule an appointment.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted; she does not bill insurance companies, however, a superbill will be provided to the client at the end of every month.
Sliding scale fees available upon request.