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Innovations in Learning, PC provides a wide variety of psychological and neuropsychological assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults.

A standard psychological assessment evaluates personality, social, and emotional functioning using diagnostic interviewing and rating forms; a general screening of cognitive functioning is included as well. The purpose of a psychological evaluation is geared toward diagnosis of psychiatric conditions in order to provide recommendations for evidence-based treatments and interventions. Psychiatric conditions that are diagnosed via psychological assessment can include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Trauma disorders
  • Conduct disorders

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of the functional integrity of the brain, as well as the relationship between the brain and behavior. This type of evaluation evaluates functioning in a variety of areas, including intelligence, executive functions, attention, memory and learning, receptive and expressive language, visuospatial reasoning, sensorimotor functions, and psychopathology. Testing is completed using a variety of methods, including interviews, paper-and-pencil tests, computer-based tests, and rating forms, and test sessions can last as few as two or as many as eight hours. The unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses that is discovered during neuropsychological testing assists in differential diagnosis, provides information regarding the underlying neurological processes causing symptoms, and informs customized recommendations for treatment. Neuropsychological evaluation may be indicated if your child has experienced a brain injury, stroke, seizure, chronic illness, or other medical or genetic condition affecting cognitive functioning. In addition, neuropsychological evaluation can aid in the diagnosis of the following:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attentional disorders
  • Learning disabilities
Dr. Ensign

Dr. Ensign

Dr. Ensign earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tabor College in Kansas, and a master’s degree in school psychology from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Her doctoral degree is in school psychology with a specialization in school neuropsychology and was earned at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. During her graduate training, she trained at the ADD Treatment and Research Center in Dallas, Texas, the Transitional Care Unit at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and several public-school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth and west Texas regions. Following her graduate training, Dr. Ensign worked for 13 years as a school psychologist in the Fort Worth Independent School District before transitioning to private practice in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Ensign has also co-written book chapters and was a speaker at a neuropsychology conference.

Dr. Ensign’s work has focused on pediatric psychology and neuropsychology. A standard psychological assessment typically evaluates general cognitive and personality functioning and is geared toward diagnosis of psychiatric conditions. In contrast, a neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of the functional integrity of the brain, as well as the relationship between the brain and behavior. More specifically, a neuropsychological evaluation evaluates functioning in a variety of areas, including intelligence, executive functions, attention, memory and learning, verbal ability, perception, sensorimotor functions, motivation, mood state and emotion, and psychological functioning. Testing is completed using a variety of methods, including interviews, paper-and-pencil tests, computer-based tests, and rating forms, and test sessions can be as few as two or as many as eight hours in length. The unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses that is discovered during neuropsychological testing assists in differential diagnosis, provides information regarding the underlying neurological processes causing symptoms, and informs customized recommendations for treatment.