Intellectual disability evaluations are geared toward assessing both cognitive impairment and difficulties in day-to-day adaptive functioning to rule out what was once called mental retardation, and now known more sensitively as intellectual disability. These assessments target a thorough understanding of the nature and origin of disabilities, rooted in early development, which compromise an individual’s ability to be autonomous, self-sufficient, and self-caring. Moreover, these assessments identify barriers to success, treatment and placement needs, and strategies for greater autonomy.
Our older and senior clients come to us, often referred by their physicians, concerned and worried about memory loss. Sometimes, it’s forgetting names, dates, or the location of a cherished landmark. Sometimes, it’s the inability to remember something factual, something autobiographical, or something procedural. Whether it be memory loss for something recent or remote, ABH clinicians are well- trained to clarify the differences between typical age-related cognitive decline and memory loss associated with the various dementias.
There are many types of parenting assessments. At ABH, we specialize in pre-adoption parenting assessments and the assessment of parent-child attachment. Each of these assessments is typically sought after by couples who are planning to expand their families through adoption or fostering. Adoption and foster-care agencies typically require an evaluation of adults who plan to bring a child into their homes and we can provide these assessments. Because many foster children have unique needs, understanding the psychosocial needs of these children – often with multiple prior placements – is essential to future success. We have worked diligently with many agencies in and around Chicagoland for more than a decade toward this aim.
Individual candidates for bariatric weight-loss surgery must consult a psychologist to become approved as a candidate for this medical procedure. Bariatric surgery, albeit a successful tool in weight loss, is not without its risks nor is it a cure-all for obesity. This type of psychological assessment, which is a prerequisite for the surgery, evaluates a patient’s capacity to understand the benefits vs. the risks, the likelihood of compliance to the long-term treatment protocol, and the general mental and emotional wellness of the bariatric candidate.
Committing to marriage in many faith-based and secular communities requires pre-marital counseling and assessment to identify potential road blocks and to identify both strengths and compatibilities that ensure long-term success. ABH can provide these assessments to help maximize a rewarding and lasting union.