I have been a clinical psychologist working in assessing and treating children, adolescents, and adults for the last five or so years. During graduate school, I spent a lot of time tutoring children as well (2500+ hours). I have been involved in helping children and adults in some fashion for most of my working years. I have had the chance to do some research related to positive psychology, spirituality, and character strengths. Currently, I also work with Active Learning Labs, which is a company that is trying to develop content to help children in grades 7-12 learn in a classroom via technology-enabled active learning (TEAL).
I have just always enjoyed watching kids grow and develop and playing a small role in that. I also have an analytic brain that enjoys learning how minds work and grow. Becoming a psychologist was a great way to combine those two passions!
I think assessment can be a powerful tool to better understand you or your child's strengths and weaknesses. Children with learning difficulties and/or other psychological difficulties may pull back from the important things in life out of fear of failure or general anxiety. An assessment can help them get the support they need to stay learning, growing, and beginning to pursue what's important and meaningful to them in life.
It's hard to break down but I just get a lot out helping others succeed. When its easy, then its a lot of fun! When the work is difficult, I think helping students just aligns with who I am and who I want to be: someone who helps others even when its complicated.
Talk to someone who cares. We'll listen to what's going on with your child, discuss their needs, answer your questions, and start to develop a plan for growth.