Available Services

Toddler inside a toy tunnelThe Beacon Assessment Center specializes in assessing children with developmental, learning, and behavior challenges.

Our team of licensed psychologists and consulting speech language pathologist provide clinical services to children in satellite offices across Massachusetts.

Neuropsychological Services

Neurodevelopmental Assessments

A neurodevelopmental assessment is a comprehensive evaluation for toddlers and preschoolers that consists of a comprehensive testing across developmental domains including cognition, language and communication, visual spatial processing skills, and social emotional functioning. The purpose may be to measure progress, to address diagnostic questions or to secure access treatment planning recommendations.

Neuropsychological Evaluations

A neuropsychological evaluation consists of neuropsychological testing and educational assessment for children ages 6 through 18. This involves a thorough review of developmental and medical history, review of current services and educational programming, comprehensive testing across domains including intellectual functioning, academic performance, learning and memory, language and communication, as well as social and emotional domains. The purpose of a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is to provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s overall developmental profile including areas of strength and relative challenge. Parents should also expect to be supported in translating this understanding of a child’s functioning into a plan for helping their child with whatever challenges have prompted the evaluation.

A neuropsychological evaluation can serve many purposes including:

  • Identification of learning and developmental challenges
  • Diagnostic clarification
  • Determination of eligibility for intensive specialty services or special education services
  • Development of educational and treatment plans
  • Assessment of academic and developmental progress
  • Consultation and case management
Educational Assessment & Clinical Consultation

Educational evaluations may include a review of educational history, review of current special educational plans and services (IEP/504), recent progress notes, and previous school test results. Also included in the educational consultation are administration of standardized academic test batteries (i.e., reading, math, and writing), review of teacher report forms, interviews with educators and therapists, as well as recommendations related to educational services and treatment interventions that are educational in nature. Clinical consultation is also available to review progress, review educational plans, and consult to the treatment team.

Early Intervention Diagnostic Evaluations

This modified assessment is designed to assess young children under the age of three who are receiving services through an EI provider and do not have access to medical benefits for the evaluation. A child may be referred because of delays in the language and communication domain, global developmental delays or challenging behaviors. This evaluation consists of a diagnostic assessment conducted by the psychologist. Diagnostic clarification and eligibility documentation will be provided.

The cost for this evaluation will be determined through affiliation agreements with early intervention agencies.

Speech-Language Pathology Services

Developmental Speech and Language Evaluation

A developmental speech and language evaluation is a personalized evaluation of the fundamental skills necessary to produce and comprehend language. This dynamic assessment uses a variety of measures and is meant to identify areas of strength and relative weakness within the child’s communication profile. This information is then used to determine the need for intervention and provide detailed recommendations on the focus, intensity, and structure of treatment.  Areas assessed may include vocabulary, semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, play skills, speech production, auditory processing, and higher-level language.

Pragmatic Language Assessment

A pragmatic language assessment is an individualized assessment focused primarily on the social use and application of language across a variety of communication partners and settings. Includes formal testing and observations which are used to develop a pragmatic language profile for the child and recommendations which may guide intervention in hopes of optimizing the child’s communicative competence in a variety of social situations.

Speech & Language Treatment

The Beacon Assessment Center provides center based speech language pathology treatment with a focus on a multi-modal (verbal, visual, and gestural) approach to communication for children with complex speech and language needs. Services include one-to-one therapy and facilitated group treatment with a well matched peer cohort.

Consultation

Beacon Assessment Center staff will work collaboratively with other service providers and treatment teams to monitor progress and update recommendations to best promote generalization of communication and feeding skills.

Consultation and Support Services include:

Speech and Language Development (home and/or office)

Social Language or Pragmatics

Communication Modalities / Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Sensory and Behavioral Feeding

Staff and Family Training

Professional Development

Multi-Disciplinary Services

Neuropsychological and Speech-Language Evaluation

This multidisciplinary team evaluation consists of assessment services provided collaboratively between a licensed psychologist, licensed applied behavior analyst, and speech pathologist. These evaluations are individually tailored to meet the needs of the student and often consist of clinical evaluation in the areas of development, cognition, speech and language, pragmatics, learning, social, emotional, and neuropsychological functioning. Findings are integrated to provide answers to diagnostic questions and comprehensive treatment recommendations.

Kindergarten Readiness Evaluation

A multidisciplinary kindergarten screening and readiness evaluation is conducted by a speech language pathologist and a licensed psychologist. This clinical evaluation explores readiness for entry to kindergarten, including basic problem solving skills, language competency, social and emotional screening, as well as a specific evaluation of phonological processing which are the key elements required for learning to read.